Seven of the most extravagant and eye-catching hotels in the world


Rocio Jimenez



Beyond having luxury facilities, offering first-class restaurants and incorporating dream spas in which to relax and unwind, a hotel must include an extra point to attract the traveler. More and more people are looking for different accommodations, which in addition to providing a comfortable place to rest, provide experiences or have a curious story behind.

Looking for an unconventional hotel has become the hobby of many travelers who opt for a vacation that includes exclusivity and adventure. Inspired by movie sets, with spooky airs, hung from trees or suspended from a mountain, These seven lodgings, which have become some of the most extravagant, rare and eye-catching in the world, are a destination in itself to point on the list of essential trips.

Hobbit Stockholm, Nacka (Sweden)

The Lord of the Rings trilogy marked a before and after in the tourism sector. After seeing the spectacular New Zealand landscapes in which this saga was filmed, many followers of Tolkien’s work flocked to this destination to experience, first-hand, the adventures of Frodo and the rest of the Fellowship of the Ring. In addition, accommodations began to appear in different parts of the world that recreated the Flirty and idyllic houses where hobbits lived.

Those who are unwilling or unable to travel to New Zealand have a closer alternative, the hotel Hobbit Stockholm, a Bed & breakfast located in Nacka, Sweden, overlooking the beach and a nice garden. This accommodation perfectly recreates the dwellings integrated in nature that are seen in these films. What’s more, the interior décor follows the same cozy aesthetic as the Hobbiton homes.

Image of the Hobbit Stockholm hotel
Image of the Hobbit Stockholm hotel – © Hobbit Stockholm

Crazy House, Dalat (Vietnam)

Located in Dalat, in the mountains of southern Vietnam, there is the Crazy House, formerly known as Hang Nga Villa. This particular accommodation, which has been open since 1990, reflects the desire of its architect, Dang Viet Nga, to connect men with nature, hence its structure recreates a tree. Its bizarre design has also turned it into a galleryIt is obvious that this hotel is itself a work of art.

The striking decoration includes sculptures of giraffes, bears, birds and other animals – located in the rooms -, stairs that simulate the branches of trees, cave-shaped corridors, giant spider webs and a general aesthetic that could well be reminiscent of the Alice in Wonderland movie. The house has ten themed rooms, all of them decorated with handcrafted furniture. In addition, according to its creator, each one has its own meaning. For example, the ant room represents the Vietnamese, while the tiger room refers to the Chinese.

Image of the exterior of the Crazy House hotel in Vietnam
Image of the exterior of the Crazy House hotel in Vietnam – © Crazy House

Hotel Quinta Real Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico

There are hotels in trees, under water, in caves and even made of ice, but what perhaps you could never have imagined is seeing an accommodation built on a bullring. Located in Segunda de Palomares Zacatecas center (Mexico) is the Quinta Real Zacatecas hotel, a five-star complex inaugurated in 1989 on the San Pedro bullring, built in the 19th century. The colonial-style suites decorated with antiques and works of art are located around a patio, while the restaurant is on the edge of the ring and its bar, Botarel, in what used to be the bullpen.

Image of the Quinta Real Zacatecas hotel
Image of the Quinta Real Zacatecas hotel – © Camino Real Hotels

Free Spirit Spheres, Qualicum Beach (Canadá)

There are many idyllic tree houses to stay in around the world, but what Free Spirit Spheres offers is totally different. Here you will not find the typical wooden structures, but Spheres hanging from the trees designed by Canadian carpenter Tom Chudleigh. Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island (Canada), this accommodation offers three types of structures –Eve, Eryn and Melody– with all kinds of comforts to disconnect a weekend from the stress of the cities. In addition, those who stay here will be able to complete their getaway with different activities, such as fishing, snowboarding –if they go in winter–, hiking routes and kayaks, among other things.

Image of one of the capsules at the Free Spirit Spheres resort
Image of one of the capsules of the Free Spirit Spheres resort – © Free Spirit Spheres

Skylodge Adventure Suites, Perú

In the Sacred Valley of the Incas and very close to Machu Picchu It is one of the most spectacular accommodations in the world, yes, it is not suitable for people who suffer from vertigo. Located 350 meters high, El Skylodge Adventure Suites It is a hotel made up of four glass capsules clinging to the mountain. Each of these modules has capacity for four people and includes a private bathroom. Three of them are destined to sleep and the fourth serves as a dining room. Just for the views it gives away, it is already worth the price to pay, from 330 euros per person.

Getting to this impressive hotel is not an easy task, either. There are two options, okay the classic via ferrata that requires going over a suspension bridge and that has a length of about 350 meters, or combining the zip line and going up the last meters of the via ferrata. Both options are supervised by professional guides.

Hotel Can Sleep, Dinamarca

Very close to Lake Skandeborg, Denmark, is the Hotel Can Sleep, the dream of every beer lover. The accommodation itself is a set of 3.8 meter high beer cans that recreates the packaging of the Danish brand Royal Unibrez. Placed in a pack of 6, in the middle of a meadow, they are the 121 rooms of this curious hotel. The interior consists of two floors. The first offers a small living room with a mini bar and the second houses a round-shaped double bed and a skylight from which to gaze at the stars after a festive day.

Staying there is not so simple, since it only opens during the month of August, coinciding with the celebration of the Danish music festival Smukfest. Also, by receiving so many requests, the rooms are awarded by lottery. The price per night is around 500 euros.

Clown Motel, Tonopah (Nevada)

Clowns can be a symbol of joy for the smallest of the house, but they also represent one of the most mythical icons of horror movies. Those who suffer from coulrophobia will not find the Clown Motel their favorite accommodation, but their worst nightmare. Named America’s Scariest Motel, This curious place is the only accommodation for miles around in the Tonopah desert (Nevada) and is located right next to an abandoned cemetery for what has become the stopping point for truckers and motorists who roam the area, but also horror movie lovers.

The reception is presided over by a life-size clown figure sitting on a chair and the walls have shelves full of figures and dolls. His collection of clowns, who help create people from all over the world with their shipments, amounts to more than 2,000 units.

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