World’s Weirdest Hotels: 14 Unique Offbeat Accommodations

There are art hotels with unusually creative and strangely-themed decor, and then there are hotels shaped like giant anuses, which are in a different class altogether. Hotels so strange and unusual that they qualify as roadside attractions whether you spend the night or not include a massive toilet, an operable crane, a survival pod with disco decor, a giant beer can and a manor where you can eat breakfast with giraffes hovering over your shoulder.

Hotel Shaped Like a Giant Anus, Antwerp, Belgium

It’s unlikely that you’ve ever thought to yourself, “Gee, I’d love to spend a night or two inside a giant anus,” but you have that opportunity anyway if you’re ever traveling through Antwerp, Belgium. Hotel Casanus began as a tongue-in-cheek work of art but is now actually a functioning rental on a small, isolated island as part of the 30-acre Verbeke Foundation Sculpture Park.

Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya

It’s certainly not every day that you can enjoy a gourmet meal in a quaint historic mansion as giraffes lean in through the windows over your shoulder. Giraffe Manor is located on a 140-acre sanctuary for one of the most endangered subspecies of giraffes in the world, Rothschild’s giraffes. The manor, which has ten guest rooms, offers up plates of giraffe food that you can feed to these hungry guests so they don’t go after your breakfast.

Sand Hotel, Dorset, England

What’s the opposite of an ice hotel? A hot-weather alternative that’s no less ephemeral is the Sand Hotel in Dorset, England. Made of 1,000 tons of sand by British sculptor Mark Anderson, the hotel featured open ‘rooms’ that could be rented for only $21 a night.

Sewer Pipe Hostel, Mexico City

In case staying inside an anus sculpture is too extreme for you, perhaps a sewer pipe will be more accommodating. Mexico City’s TuboHotel is made up of stacked, reclaimed concrete sewer pipes with little more than a queen bed and a lamp inside.

Mount Gambier Jail Hotel, Australia

The spartan rooms of the Mount Gambier Jail hotel in Australia don’t look much different than they did when actual prisoners were staying there, and little has been changed about the entire facility since it was a functioning jail. It’s far from luxurious, but that’s kind of the point: the hotel markets itself as an ideal place to stay for penny-pinchers and the broke.

Dog Bark Park Inn, Idaho

One of Idaho’s weirdest roadside attractions is also a bed and breakfast. The giant dog-shaped house was built by a pair of self-taught chainsaw artists, who produce miniatures of the structure for lodgers to take home.

Hemp Hotel, Amsterdam

Snack on hemp-flour rolls and sip hemp tea at Amsterdam’s Hemp Hotel, a Reggae- and cannabis-themed, ‘smoke-friendly’ establishment where practically everything is made from hemp. Past guests have included (big surprise) Willy Nelson and Woody Harrelson.

Utter Inn, Sweden

What looks from the outside like a shed that’s not even spacious enough to house a bed is actually just the entrance to an underwater hotel room submerged beneath the surface of Sweden’s Lake Mälaren. Utter Inn offers two twin beds, a small kitchenette and a relaxing topside deck.

Toilet Hotel, South Korea

Sensing a theme? Hotels that dabble in potty humor have nothing on the Flush Hotel in Seoul, South Korea, which was built to look like a giant toilet. But the point of this strange structure isn’t just shock value. The owner spent $1.6 million building it with the intent of raising awareness about sanitation around the world, and not just anyone can stay there: at $50,000 per night, rentals are basically funding for sanitation-related projects in developing countries.

Can Sleep, Denmark

Some lucky attendees of Denmark’s Skanderborg Music Festival, also known as Smukfest, get to sleep in a 2-story aluminum Royal Unibrew beer can. 114 of these 12.5-foot-high, IKEA-furnished CanSleep units are available for $145 per night when the festival runs each August.

Capsule Hotel, The Netherlands

Old oil rig survival pods from the 1970s have been reclaimed as floating hotel rooms at the Capsule Hotel in The Hague. The pods make up a hostel managed by the alternative surfing community Free Architecture Surf Terrain; each has space for three people and is decked out in ’70s decor.

The Atomium Hotel, Brussels

A architectural icon in Brussels since it was built for the 1958 World Fair Exposition, The Atomium offers up lodging for school groups, with one of its spheres dedicated to kids. Within that larger spheres, mini spheres (water molecules) hang from the ceiling for sleeping, while other spheres on the ground are used for workshops and play.

Palacio del Sal Salt Hotel, Bolivia

Located in lar de Uyuni, Bolivia – the world’s largest salt flat – Palacio del Sal is made almost entirely out of salt blocks out of necessity, as other building materials are hard to come by in the region. The floors, walls, ceilings and built-in furniture are all made out of salt. Built in 2007 to house travelers visiting the area, the hotel has 16 private rooms.

Crane Hotel, The Netherlands

Not only can you sleep inside a working crane at the Harbour Crane Hotel in The Netherlands, you can actually operate it. This highly unusual hotel room boasts panoramic views of the sea, a parlor, a bathroom and a balcony.

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