Weird and Wonderful: Hotels of the World

There are certain places that when asked where you would like to spend the night, would definitely be bottom of the list, namely; a sewage pipe, a coffin or a nuclear bunker, but it may surprise you to find that all of these have been made into fully...

There are certain places that when asked where you would like to spend the night, would definitely be bottom of the list, namely; a sewage pipe, a coffin or a nuclear bunker, but it may surprise you to find that all of these have been made into fully functioning hotels. Today at Love Home Swap, we are bringing you 5 of the quirkiest, most unique hotels on the planet.

Tree house hide away: Tree Hotel, Sweden.

Where imagination becomes a reality, the Tree Hotel in Sweden is a collection of breath taking luxury tree houses; in the middle of unspoiled nature. Designed by the foremost Scandinavian architects, this serene location in Harads forest relaxes your mind in 5 star comfort and presents you with the magnificent view of the Lule River valley, miles of forest and the powerful river. Organised activities and meals are run from the hotel but 'A good book, a magical view and stylish accommodation are enough to create the feeling Tree hotel is all about', the tree hotel really is the ultimate for rest and relaxation.

Null Stern, the only star is you: Switzerland.

Potentially the strangest concept of them all is the Null Stern Hotel in Switzerland. Operating under the tagline; 'the only star is you', this 0 star hotel is situated in the small town of Tuefen underground in a 1980's nuclear bunker. The hotel has no windows and no heating, the only source of warmth being a string of hot water bottles in open, dorm style rooms.

"We wanted to create a space of contrasts," said Patrik Riklin, co-owner of Null Stern. "Like sugar and fish. They are two things that naturally don't go together, but matched up they make people think, for good or bad." (McKinlay, Guardian, 2009)

As you enter the hotel a sign reads; '0 is the new 7', and perhaps it is as the fourteen bed has been extremely popular!

Into the wild: Giraffe Manor, Kenya, Africa.

Nestled in Nairobi, Kenya is the Giraffe Manor estate set on elegant wooden acres and rolling green fields. The luxury, 1930's manor house is an idealic, elegant build, fully equipped with five star suites, personal chefs and your very own pet Giraffes! This dazzling property is home to over ten beautiful creatures that spend their time wandering about the land, poking their heads through second story windows and even joining guests for dinner! The complementary pellets left in every room ensure that you will get a furry wake up call; the experience has often been described like something from a story book.

Down in the dumps: Das Park Hotel, Linz, Austria.

Constructed from incredibly robust, reconditioned drainage pipes, Das Park Hotel, Austria, echoes similarities to its Japanese capsule hotel counterparts; small, convenient spaces for spending the night. Made from 9.5 tonnes of solid concrete these utilitarian pipes stay cool in the summer and altogether make a pleasingly pleasant night's stay.

With no set costs, the 'pay as you wish' system allows travels to make a Euro donation of what they can afford before heading on with their travels.

Barking Mad: Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, Idaho.

Perhaps the most bizarre of all, this Beagel themed B&B is a property that has been built and decorated to resemble two dogs. Sleeping just four guests at one time, 'Sweet Willy', the name of the larger dogs is just 30 by 34 foot! Dog Bark Park Inn houses a small alcove within the muzzle of the dog which is a toilet, disguised as a fire hydrant. If weird and wonderful is what you are looking for, then look no further…

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