Heritage: Weird, Weird Accommodation

Crazy hotels – don’t you love them? Come and see how luxurious a cave hotel can be, what the world looks like from the top of the tree, or where Afghani people live. We cannot omit the notorious Ice Hotel in Sweden that once again opened its icy doors to the public. And of course no overview would be complete without a true prison hotel. By the way, have you ever seen a dog from the inside?


Caves for Unusual Heritage Hospitality

Chris Grad

For thousands of years, mankind has found shelter in caves. Steve Dobson of the Unusual Hotels of the World guide found a number of properties with enough WOW to merit special mention. From ancient sites dug out of the soft limestone in Cappadocia to survive the cold winter, to those excavated to escape the searing heat of the Australian outback around Coober Pedy, underground dwellings offer accommodation choices for the adventurous traveller. With a constant temperature, they are cool in t...

Woof, Woof! Dog Bark Park Inn

Kevin Eagan

Amid farm fields of wheat and canola stretching for mile after mile and rimmed by forested mountains and deep river canyons stands an unexpected sight on Idaho’s Camas Prairie – a giant dog and his smaller but larger than life-size puppy. Both are Beagles. The biggest dog is a three story, one-unit guesthouse where visitors can spend a night or more inside the World’s Biggest Beagle. The Dog Bark Park Inn Bed & Breakfast at Cottonwood, Idaho, open April through October, ...

Icehotel: Art of Innovation Awakens

Andrea Hausold

If it is possible to build a hotel of ice in a small village 200km inside the Arctic Circle, which strikes the whole world with amazement, then anything is possible. ICEHOTEL took form for the nineteenth year in the little village Jukkasjärvi. Creation Each year a new embodiment of the world-famous hotel is created. Thanks to visiting artists and creators from around the globe ICEHOTEL is a unique place to visit year to year. It is a parenthesis in time, which you can travel as long as ...

Behind the Bars: Langholmen Prison Hotel

Michael Trout

Are you looking for a unique and exciting place to stay, a cozy inn with the best of the Swedish food tradition or a meeting place for all imaginable occasions with conferences and events? Then come to Långholmen! Here is a rich history, marked by the old jail, closed in 1975. Today, you are met by a modern hotel with newly renovated "cells" and an inspirational conference environment. Langholmen Hotel was once the old Crown Prison. It was a large, imposing building with more than 500 c...

Ecoholidays in the Yurts? Go to Spain

Pat Hyland

Camp out in style at the delightful Hoopoe Yurt Hotel in southern Spain. Pitched among cork and olive trees with spectacular views of the Grazalema Mountains, each yurt (a circular tent, still common among the nomadic tribes of central Asia), is individually decorated and has a large double bed and an outdoor bamboo bathroom with a solar-powered hot shower. Staying in one of the yurts is the perfect way to enjoy the stunning scenery, allowing you to get back to nature without forgoing the usu...

A Treerific Escape

Andrew J. Wein

Many world travelers visit Out’N’About Treehouse Treesort, LLC, for the opportunity to stay in uplifting accommodations. Plumbing, electricity and a bird’s eye view of the striking countryside await treehouse guests. This “back to nature” experience is shared by guests staying in the treesort’s thirteen rooms. Join in the fun by taking zip line classes, horse rides and craft classes. Hike in the SiskiyouNational Forest, enjoy the campfire and the spectacular n...