It’s common for travelers to make the practical option of staying in an inexpensive hotel or hostel. After all, in most cases you really just need a safe, comfortable place to sleep in at the end of a busy day that’s spent sightseeing and other outdoor activities. However, some tourists do prefer to extend their pursuit of exploring and encountering new experiences to their choice of accommodations as well.
This is why there is a rise in the popularity of unusual hotels. Themed hotels are popping up all over the world, and they aim to offer something new that will set them apart from other hotels out there. People are now given more options that extend beyond just a comfy bed and a clean room, to hotels that offer a unique, unforgettable experience to their customers.
Oftentimes, these hotels will cost a bit more than your typical hotel and hostel, but if you’re willing to set aside extra funds for adding some extra flavor during your stay, it should be a new experience that you can add to the memories you’ll be making throughout your trip. Here are 5 notable hotels that you are worth checking in to.
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Capsule Inn – Tokyo, Japan
When they say “capsule”, they mean it literally. You basically just have bed space, and you are enclosed inside a capsule. For just around 3,500 Yen per night, you get a comfortable, enclosed sleeping space.
While a bit futuristic and definitely unconventional, Capsule Inn is gaining quite the popularity among travelers and locals who travel on business who seek for practicality.
Their tagline says “More reasonable than a business hotel, better sleep than an Internet café!” and it definitely says it all. Sleeping in capsules will definitely save your money.
Capsule Inn is a great choice for travelers, especially backpackers who are on a shoestring budget, who don’t mind not having the luxuries of a real hotel.
It may be uncomfortable at first to be enclosed in a tight space, but if you don’t have real issues such as claustrophobia, then this is a great choice that you should consider when you’re in Tokyo.
For ladies, these hotels also have a “Ladies Only” floors if you are a lady traveller and would prefer some extra privacy. A popular misconception about these hotels is that only men check into Capsule Inns.
But a lot of women are also considering these hotels as convenient, budget-friendly, and safe space to spend the night. Capsule Inn has several branches all over Tokyo, specifically Kanda, Shinjuku, and Shinsaibashi.
Dog Bark Park Inn – Idaho, USA
In a small town in Idaho called Cottonwood, you can find a dog bed and breakfast. But, it’s not what you might think at first because it’s actually a hotel that’s shaped like a giant beagle, located in a prairie.
This dog-shaped inn is built by a couple, who are both chainsaw artists, back in 1997. They specialize in dog-themed art, and they initially became famous for their line of dog-shaped carvings.
Earnings from these dog artworks were used to fund the construction of this inn.
They only have 1 room available for $98 per night, which includes a beautiful, doggie-themed room with folk art dog décor, full amenities, a beautiful array of breakfast foods and homemade pastries, recreational activities in the form of books, puzzles, and games, as well as a relaxing atmosphere without distractions such as TVs and phones.
Guests are even treated with some sweet dog-shaped biscuits for them upon checking into their room. Another highlight that guests can enjoy in this place is their family recipe of the best fruit granola, using fruits that are harvested from the prairie.
This place is a must-see destination for dog and animal lovers. Dog Bark Park Inn’s booking period is only from April 1 to October 31, and since there is only one room (that can accommodate up to four people), you will have to book several months in advance.
Dog Bark Park Inn is of course, friendly to pets as well, and can accommodate your furry pals for an added fee. This place offers a wholesome, fun experience that’s surely unforgettable.
Out ‘n’ About Treesort – Oregon, USA
In Oregon, you can find this unique hotel that features tree house accommodations. This “treesort” offers a nature-filled, offbeat experience for outdoorsy folks, adventurers and tourists alike. Located beside Siskiyou National Forest, this bed and breakfast offers more than just cozy tree house accommodation, but also boasts a ton of activities you can do on the site.
Out ‘n’ About is comprised of a total of 9 tree houses, and a series of ladders and staircases are used to access these structures. Hanging bridges and catwalks also connect some of the treehouses together.
The most popular activity here is their expansive zip lines, and they have several zip lines that are highly enjoyable and offer a unique view of the forest. For adrenaline thrill-seekers, they have a Tarzan Swing is a 50 feet pendulum swing hung atop the tall trees.
Rafting, tree climbing and hiking are also among the many outdoor activities you can do at this place. They also offer arts and crafts classes, volleyball, ping-pong and basketball too.
There’s a lot in store for recreational activities for everyone in the family. This is a refreshing and incredible destination for family vacations, and stepping away from the city environment to get a dose of nature.
For those people who are on the fence about camping, perhaps sleeping in a tree house will sound more appealing and comfortable, as some of these tree houses have built in bathrooms as well.
They offer delicious, homemade breakfasts as well. Reservations to this place should be made at least a year ahead as this place gets a lot of guests for obvious reasons stated above.
Whitepod – Switzerland
With eco-tourism on the rise, and people waking up to pursue more sustainable lifestyle choices, Whitepod in Switzerland is a great destination for those who would like to enjoy a more down-to-earth, nature-filled experience without harming the environment or disregarding comfort.
Located atop a mountain, above the village of Les Cerniers, several white “pods” or structured tents are pitched atop wooden platforms. Guests are treated to breathtaking views of the great Swiss landscape and Lake Geneva.
Pods are equipped with comfortable, luxurious amenities such as organic bedding, wood-burning stove, tea kitchen, and a terrace.
During winter, this place becomes a winter wonderland, filled with fluffy, white snow, and it’s a great destination for enthusiasts of snow activities such as skiing and sledding. They also have 2 wellness centers for guests who are looking for some rest and relaxation.
What’s great about Whitepod, aside from giving tourists a chance to reconnect with unspoiled nature, are its advocacies. They take positive steps to ensuring water and energy consumptions are reduced. They promote biodiversity, and try to minimize the use of lights in the evening for the benefit of the animals and wildlife cohabiting in that area.
Aside from that, the pods change in color depending on the season that enables it to blend with the surrounding nature, so it changes from green to white. They also advocate the reduction of waste by purchasing their supplies in bulk to reduce the use of single-use packaging, which then reduces the use of fuel and carbon emissions.
Attrap’Rêves – France
If you’ve always wanted to sleep in nature, under the stars, but dislike the idea of sleeping inside an uncomfortable, pitched tent in the middle of the forest, Attrap’Reves in France will be very appealing to you.
This hotel’s rooms are actually transparent bubbles that allow you to sleep beside nature, but still remain protected from the elements such as rain, mosquitoes, animals, and so on.
These bubbles are fully furnished, with comforts of a typical hotel. Each bubble is located in a secluded spot away from all the other bubbles, which provide a sense of privacy, if that’s your concern.
However, there are also bubbles that offer a bit more privacy by being just partially transparent, too.
Noise-free blowers keep these bubbles inflated and acts as the air filtration and recycling system. Each bubble is equipped with a shower area and running water with a sink. Food, Jacuzzis and other amenities are available in a main building.
They also have telescopes and star charts on site, which guests can use for stargazing activities. Attrap’Reves, as of this writing, has 5 locations in France: Allauch, Forcalquier, La Bouilladisse, Montagnac Montpezat, and Puget Ville.
Each location has only 6 bubbles on site, which helps preserve the tranquil, serene atmosphere, and ensures that the level of privacy is always high.
These bubble rooms are great options to stay for a unique but comfortable experience to be surrounded by beautiful, natural scenery. The next time you travel to these countries, stray away from the norm of commercial, luxury hotels, and do give these unusual hotels to your itinerary.
Though, for most of these hotels you’ll have to book in advance to secure your stay, since these places draw in crowds who are looking for a unique accommodation experience.