Saturday 22 November 2014

Hotels made from strange things

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Salt
A handful of hotels near the backpacker town of Uyuni, in Bolivia, have been built using block sof salt mined from the surrounding salt flats.
Ice
Several ice hotels have been constructed, the most famous of which lies in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden. It is open from December to April each year. Others can be found in Canada, Norway, Romania and Finland.
Sand
In 2008, the first-ever sand hotel was built on the beach in Weymouth. It had a twin and a double room, and accepted guests for £10 a night, before washing into the sea.
Sewage pipes
These renovated sewage pipes were used to build the rooms at the Das Park Hotel in Linz, Austria.
Railway carriages
Hotels made using railway carriages are surprisingly common. There are several in Britain, including the Sidings Hotel in Shipton
Key cards
In 2009, Holiday Inn unveiled a 400-square-foot temporary hotel made using 200,000 plastic key cards. It was built by Bryan Berg, a record-breaking 'playing card stacker'.
Shipping containers
Snoozebox recently launched offering flexible, portable, pop-up hotels made from shipping containers. They are aimed at organisers of music festivals and sporting events, as well as film and tv crews
Rock
Cave hotels, hewn from the region's iconic fairy chimneys, can be found across the Cappadocia region of Turkey
Caravans
At Hutten Palast in Berlin (which translates as 'Caravan Palace') residents all sleep inside mobile homes, erected inside a former factory. Those area outside the caravan (but under the same room) are open to all guests
Wine casks
De Vrouwe van Stavoren Hotel in the Netherlands allows guests to sleep inside giant wine casks. Or, if you'd rather have it explained in Dutch: Slapen in een wijnvat.
A plane
At the Jumbo Stay in Stockholm, your room is - you guessed it - found inside an aircraft
A crane
Perhaps the least attractive hotel on this list, the Crane Hotel, in Harlingen, is contained entirely within a single crane
A beagle
The crudely-sculpted Dog Bark Park Inn in Idaho gives guests the chance to have bed and breakfast inside 'the world's biggest beagle'
Houses
The architect behind the Inntel Amsterdam Zaandam was inspired by the traditional green houses of the Zaan region, piling a dozen of them on top of one another to create this oddity
All sorts

Consistently rates as one of the world's weirdest hotels, the Propellor Island Lodge utilises everything from coffins, cages, shipping rope, ladders and sandstone, to sacks of potatoes and walls of mirrors to create its 27 bizarre rooms

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