If you like finding accomodation that’s a bit different and appeals to the quirkiest of us… then this list of the ultimate quirky destinations around the world will give you lots of ideas!
While many accommodations around the world are instantly forgettable (I’m looking at you Travelodge!), others are so quirky and unique that a stay will always be remembered.
I always love stopping in a quirky accommodation or hotel… it just adds something to the trip – and gives you that extra bit of specialness and those extra memories to hold onto. When I look for hotels or accommodation, I usually look for the quirkier options or the boutique choices, because I love exploring places with unique features and designs.
Here are some of the quirkiest I’ve found…
Book and Bed Hostel
Bibliophiles will surely want to spend a night at the charming Book and Bed Hostel in Tokyo, Japan, where you get to sleep in snug cubbies hidden behind bookshelves.
Accommodation-wise, you won’t find much more than a simple mattress and reading light, but you can select a tome from thousands of books, in both Japanese and English, to take to bed with you. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to spend a night in a cosy library with other book lovers, the Book and Bed hostel is for you.
Free Spirit Spheres
Set in the dense forests on Vancouver Island, Canada, you will come across handcrafted spheres aloft in the trees, made from Sitka Spruce, cedar, and fibreglass. The spherical treehouses look like something from another world. Inside, the circular pods are cosy and comfy, and they easily accommodate a luxury double bed and all the amenities you could want.
The spheres are located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, where you can visit nearby attractions like Parksville Beach and Lighthouse Country Regional Trail. And if you’re stuck for things to do in the evening time, you can always play live casino games like roulette or blackjack on your phone, from the comfort of your very own spherical treehouse.
The Palacio de Sal
One of the most incredible places on the planet is the salt flats of Uyuni in Bolivia, South America. The white expanse stretches as far as the eye can see, and around the site, you will find red waters, geysers, and volcanos.
As if that wasn’t awesome enough, you can spend a night on the salt flats at the Palacio de Sal, the world’s first hotel made entirely from salt. Even the furniture is made out of salt!
Hotel Costa Verde
At the Hotel Costa Verde in the heart of Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park, you can stay at a suite inside a refurbished Boeing 727. The plane is perched on a 50-foot pedestal and juts out of the jungle canopy to make it feel as though you are flying, and giving unparalleled views across the beautiful rainforest and scenic ocean.
If you get the opportunity, you should most definitely spend a night here. I mean, why wouldn’t you want to stay in a converted Boeing 727 in the middle of the jungle?
The Dog Bark Park Inn
Located in Cottonwood, Idaho, USA, this quirky accommodation is unlike any other in the world. It’s a giant beagle. At this unique bed and breakfast, you get access to the entire humungous dog, which contains one bathroom and two bedrooms.
The smaller bedroom is situated in the beagle’s nose. Known affectionately by locals as Sweet Willy, the massive beagle is accompanied by a smaller, but also very big, puppy sidekick called Toby. For a truly unique and, let’s be honest, rather odd accommodation, there’s no beating the Dog Bark Park Inn.
The Hobbit Motel at Woodlyn Park
With circular doors and windows and a charming wooden interior, the homely Hobbit Motel in Waitomo, New Zealand, is a must-visit accommodation for any Tolkien enthusiasts. Situated in the country where The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies were filmed, this motel looks uncannily like the home of Bilbo Baggins.
It’s two minutes away from the extensive Waitomo Caves, where you can see thousands of glow worms light up the darkness, and only two hours away from Auckland. If you’ve always wanted to know what it’s like to live in the charming setting of a Hobbit hole, The Hobbit Motel lets you do exactly that.
The Treehouse Hotel in London
The Treehouse Hotel in London is one of my personal favourites for quirky hotels around the world. From the outside, the hotel is pretty ordinary… but inside, this hotel has some really unique and quirky room features. It’s located right in the heart of London, near Oxford Street, SoHo and all the good stuff!
My favourite part of the rooms? It’s got to be the stunning little treehouse window lookout seat in some of the rooms. I spent hours just sitting there and enjoying those gorgeous city views.