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A normal holiday-goer usually looks for conveniently located, affordable and comfortable hotels. But for the experimental ones like me, the world can’t have enough of these uniquely quirky hotels that I came across recently.

I mean, who wouldn’t want to have experiences that stand out amongst others in your holiday memoirs, right? From building a hotel in a crane in Amsterdam, to one shaped like a dog in Idaho, here are some hotels that take the word quirky to a whole new level.  

Propeller Island City Lodge, Germany


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Would you believe us if we told you that this Berlin hotel was made as an art experiment? The Propeller Island City Lodge is the brainchild of German musician Lars Storschen. Each room in the hotel is uniquely designed to topple ‘normal’ architecture and expected design norms. We can’t really describe how, they’re so incredible, you’ll have to see them to understand what we’re talking about!

Treehotel, Harads, Sweden

Sweden’s Harads region is home to six unique ‘treerooms’ shaped like a glass cabin, a lifelike bird’s nest, a stunning reflective Mirrorcube and a UFO reminings guests of the E.T. movie. Located in the pine forest around Harads, the Treehotel also has a room named the Blue Cone, Dragonfly as well as an incredible Tree Sauna.

Inntel Hotel Zaandam, Netherlands

When you first look at it, the Inntel Hotel looks like a series of houses stacked one on top of another. The hotel, which is inspired by Dutch architecture, portrays traditional houses of the Zaan region, emitting a spectacular result. Take a look at the picture above, if you don’t believe us!

Faralda Crane Hotel, Netherlands

Would you ever believe that this hotel was once officially an industrial crane? Located in Amsterdam’s former NDSM shipyard, the Faralda Crane hotel is bizarre, even for this list. Instead of rooms, guests can stay in one of the three luxury hotel suites located in the crane’s old machine room. Daredevil visitors can also bungee jump from the top of the crane, while others can simply unwind in the outdoor Jacuzzi and take in the panorama.

So the next time you think you want to sleep in a huge crane dangling 50 meters mid-air, you know where to look!

The Dog Bark Park Inn, Idaho, USA

Idaho’s The Dog Bark Park Inn takes the term ‘dog lover’ to a whole new level. This unique inn is located inside a 12-foot beagle named “Sweet Willy”, and visitors enter the beagle’s body through the second-storey deck. Needless to say, the hotel is guest-friendly as well as pet-friendly.

9 Hours Capsule Hotel, Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto’s 9 Hours Capsule Hotel is definitely not for claustrophobics. Here, you sleep alone inside a capsule and inside each sleeping pod is a sleep ambient control system, which claims to support sleep-wake rhythms to help you get better rest. Definitely on my bucket list!

Montana Magica Lodge, Chile

The Montaaa Magica (English Translation: Magic Mountain) hotel in Chile’s Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve is something that would perfectly fit in a Disney fairytale. The hotel rises from the jungle floor like a huge stone monolith. Its exterior walls are covered with grass and moss, and a huge waterfall sprouts from its top! Enchanting and weird, don’t you think?  

Hotel Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Spain

Designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Frank Gehry (also the genius behind Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles), Marques de Riscal Hotel is located in Elciego, in the heart of Spain’s Rioja wine-growing region. Though quite normal from inside, the outside structure is quite avant-garde in its appearance, using huge titanium ribbons which stand out from the surrounding vineyard.

Sun Cruise Resort, South Korea

South Korea’s Sun Cruise Resort is the perfect antidote for those of us who get easily seasick and yet yearn to go on a long cruise holiday. Calling itself the “first luxury cruise ship on land,” the resort offers everything you'd experience on a luxury cruise ship, including a sleek rotating sky lounge that offers unrestricted ocean views.

Attrap'Reves Bubble Hotel, France

Imagine living in a transparent, bubble-like pod that gives you a starlit night sky with wooden furniture. Yep, that’s Attrap'Reves Hotel for you. Located in numerous places all over France including Allauch, La Boulladisse, Montagnac, Puget Ville and Saint Maime, these stylish bubbles are made from recyclable materials and are within walking distance from hotel’s main building.

Think we missed out on any such quirky hotel? Let us know in your comments below!