Travelling is all about collecting new experiences. Whether you’re roughing it and living out of a backpack for months on end, or treating yourself to a little getaway, one of the best ways to explore a country is through its accommodation
. Here are some of the more unusual places visitors can stay and rest their heads for the night.
Crane Hotel Faralda, Amsterdam
Crane Hotel Faralda, Amsterdam
If heights don’t freak you out then maybe it’s worth considering a stay in the incredible Crane Hotel Faralda Amsterdam. Situated on the banks of the river IJ, the converted crane towers over the centre of Amsterdam. Used as an event space and accommodation option, the hotel features three five-star suites and a complete panoramic view of the city. This is living the high life, literally.
NDSM-Plein 78, 1033 WB Amsterdam, Netherlands, +31 20 760 6161
Camp Kulning, Australia
In the sleepy town of Lauriston, a little over an hour from Melbourne, is Camp Kulning, a getaway like nowhere else. Camp Kulning consists of two little accommodation options, a refurbished 1920s Australian tram and an incredibly kitsch 1950s caravan. Here you can relax, enjoy the bonfire during the frosty winter evenings and nab a drink or two from the camp’s little tiki bar.
3 Darcy Lane Lauriston 3444, Australia, +61 428 759 304
Arctic Treehouse Hotel, Finland
Positioned in the Arctic Circle, the Arctic Treehouse Hotel is an unforgettable way to really immerse yourself in the true beauty of Finland’s stunning natural surroundings. Boasting spectacular views over the treetops, the box-shaped suites have a fully glass wall offering a panoramic view of the astounding Northern Lights.
Tarvantie 3, Rovaniemi, Finland, +358 50 5176909
St Pancras Clocktower, United Kingdom
The iconic London landmark St Pancras Clocktower in St Pancras Station is actually home to a tidy little apartment, and guess what? You can stay there! The two-bedroom apartment features a 10-metre high ceiling and still boasts many of its original 19th-century features. Looking down over Kings Cross Station, the view of London from the apartment is arguably one of the best in the world.
The Clock Tower St Pancras, Euston Rd, London, UK, +44 20 7843 7688
Tokyo Caravan, Japan
Tokyo Caravan, Japan
Size-wise accommodation options are always pretty tight when it comes to Tokyo, but Caravan Tokyo located in Aoyama, in the heart of Shibuya feels a lot more spacious than its humble exterior lets on. Custom built by local craftspeople, Caravan Tokyo sits inside the happening arts and food center Commune 246. Being both central but spacious it’s definitely not your typical Tokyo apartment.
Commune 246, 3 Chome-13 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, Finland
The team behind Kakslauttanen Igloo Village have crafted the perfect way to experience Finland’s most stunning natural attraction, the Northern Lights. Located in the Finnish Laplands, these snow sprinkled in-ground glass igloos let you sleep directly underneath the country’s famous lights, but you probably wont want to sleep, because this is guaranteed to be better than your dreams.
Kiilopääntie 9, 99830 Saariselkä, Finland, +358 16 667100
St Jerome’s Hotel, Australia
Like the idea of camping but the reality is just a little too rough? In Melbourne the crew at St Jerome’s Hotel have the perfect solution for you. Located atop a skyscraper in the city’s CBD is the ultimate urban camping experience. The bell tents are equipped with all the amenities you’d expect at a five-star hotel and your new urban campground also features a rooftop bar and complimentary breakfast.
Melbourne Central, 271 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC, Australia, +61 406 118 561
Cabana Floripa, Brazil
If you’ve ever wanted to live inside a multi-dimensional work of art then Cabana Floripa in Florianópolis, Brazil is where you have got to head. This two-bedroom cabin sits on the mountainside while its 360 degree glass gives visitors the illusion that they’re levitating above the mountaintop. Full of colour, it was designed with the eco-friendly idea of reusing demolition material and glass bottles to craft its own individual style.
Avenida Epitácio Bittencourt 88056-780 Florianópolis, Brazil, +55 48 3284-2228
Divan Cave House, Turkey
Nestled in a quiet corner of the village of Goreme in Turkey is the family-run Divan Cave House. The rooms here are in fact crafted from the local caves, making it a fully immersive experience. Beyond the cave rooms, the hotel is also home to an incredible lookout where visitors can witness the city’s skyline as it’s littered with hot air balloons. Get that camera ready.
Aydınlı Mah Görceli Sk No : 5, Göreme Kasabası, Turkey, +90 384 271 21 89
The Safari Rooftop Trailer, South Africa
In South Africa there’s a new take on the safari holiday. The Safari Rooftop trailer atop the iconic Cape Town Grandaddy Hotel is just one of the seven different airstream trailers that boast their own individual theme. Inside this two-person trailer the interior has captured the authentic beauty of Africa with animal-style designs and rich wooden paneling. You’ve never experienced a safari like this before.
38 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 424 7247
Playa Viva, Mexico
When you’re after a place to fully relax and rejuvenate body and mind, look no further than a stay at Playa Viva Mexico. This yoga retreat, resort, eco-luxury boutique hotel, and treehouse hideout is many things, but what’s arguably most exciting is that it’s home to its own little burrito-style hut. With an ocean view and secluded location it’s the perfect place to enjoy Mexico’s beauty.
Carretera Zihuatanejo, Juluchuca, 40834 Playa Icacos Juluchuca, Gro., Mexico, +52 758 688 0144
Das Park Hotel, Austria and Germany
Who knew concrete sewerage pipes could be so cute? Located in Ottensheim, Austria, and Essen in Germany, Das Park Hotel is minimalist ingenuity at its best. Given their robust nature, these pipes are difficult to dispose of, so Das Park came up with this eco-friendly solution. Each cozy room comes with a two-person bed, shelving, and a skylight.
Rodlstraße 21, 4100 Ottensheim, Austria, +43 650 8415850
Bubble Iceland, Iceland
Ever wanted to live in an Icelandic bubble? Probably not, but when you see these cute little campsite hotel hybrids you’ll want to. Located around 70 minutes from Reykjavik in Iceland, the exact Bubble Iceland site is secret to maintain privacy for visitors. Here you can enjoy the illusion of sleeping in nature, while watching the stars shoot past and witnessing the midnight sun during the warmer summer seasons, all from the comfort of your own bed.
Location via contact at www.buubble.com