Palacio del Sal is Spanish for “Palace of Salt.” It’s at the edge of the largest salt flat in Salar de Uyuni, in Southwest Bolivia. The salt flat has long attracted tourists, but the great distance between civilization and the area created a need for a resting spot before their return. They built the first hotel around 1994, but mismanagement caused issues, and then they needed to dismantle it in 2002. In 2007, professionals constructed a new hotel using 1 million salt blocks.
The floor, walls, ceiling, and furniture are all salt blocks! Obviously, there are rules against licking the walls, so please behave yourself. The hotel even has a dry sauna and steam room, a saltwater pool, and whirlpool baths.
Hotel chains are a dime a dozen, but this is truly something special. Brace yourself, though. These have been called the “most primitive hotel” by their own founder! With no electricity or water, a series of grass-covered cabins in the middle of a forest can really show how addicted we are to our modern conveniences. Thankfully, these little cabins do have their own fireplaces.
If you’re looking for a place to commune with Mother Nature, this is it. These cabins aren’t exactly hotels. They are covered in mud and grass and spaced out by trees. Visitors actually call them forest houses sometimes. They’re not just wacky hotels but eco-lodges.
12. Free Spirit Spheres – British Columbia, Canada
Each of these three spherical treehouses is a place for inner peace while reducing the carbon footprint to zero. Each sphere features wires for electric power, and some can even fit two people. There are fold-out tables and mirrors with curved loft-beds, plus benches and tiny appliances inside the structure
If “roughing it” isn’t your cup of tea, but you’d still love to be one with nature, try meditating and reconnecting with nature in one of these spheres. If you thought treehouses couldn’t be amazing hotels, think again.
If you seek a unique hotel for the photos but just want a regular bed, maybe this is more your pace. The hotel on the inside isn’t all that different from others, but the outside is impressive. The giant statues of the Chinese Gods of prosperity, status, and longevity, Fu, Lu, and Shu, look down upon all those who pass.
Entering guests come in through Shu’s right root and can go all the way up to the god’s heads. You can even stay a night in Shu’s peach.
10. Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast – Massachusetts, USA
Any spooky story lover knows the rhyme of Lizzie Borden. She took an ax and gave her mother forty whacks… Well, if you want to see where it happened, you can. The 19th-century murder house is now a famed bed and breakfast with terrible photos from the crime scene if you can handle it.
You can rent one of eight rooms, including the room where they discovered the bodies of Lizzy’s parents. If you’re in the mood for a creepy vibe, book your trip to one of these hotels.
If you’re a panda fan, book this hotel immediately. Every one of the 32 rooms features a panda theme. Beds, tables, art – you name it, it’s panda-themed. What do the staff wear? Panda costumes, of course. Did you think we were kidding? No, there aren’t real pandas, but you barely even miss them.
The rooms aren’t huge, but that’s just Chinese hotel design so don’t fret. There’s a Chinese restaurant in the courtyard, and the hotel is about a 10-minute walk from the high-speed rail station. But that’s not the point. The point is pandas, of which there are many.
Some people will ‘nope’ straight to the next item on this list, and we can’t blame them. What’s creepier than a clown-themed motel? Well, for starters, how about a clown-themed motel located next to a cemetery?
The clown paraphernalia in this place would make anyone a little uncomfortable. Clown dolls hang down the lobby walls, life-sized clowns face you at every turn, and clown paintings adorn the ceilings above the beds. Are you ready to face over 2000 clowns?
Moving away from the creepy and onto the serene, this lodge is genuinely astonishing. It was built right into a volcano and had a waterfall built into it. Each suite features a name of a local bird species, and all feature modern amenities that rival the most luxurious hotels in the country.
Getting to the lodge can take about two hours from the closest airport, but it’s definitely worth the trouble. There are hot tubs made of enormous tree trunks, a mini-golf course built into the forest, and outdoor activities like horseback riding, rafting, and hiking. You can also take the longest zip-wire in South America which is 1500 feet from the ground.
Farmers often use grain silos to store bulk materials like grain, coal, or even sawdust. SiloStay renovated these silos into eco-friendly lofts filled with comfortable amenities like dining tables, queen-sized beds, and skylights. They retrofitted everything in the room to accommodate the lack of corners too. There’s an art gallery and cafe just next door, and so much to see around the area.
The location in Little River, New Zealand, along the landscape of rolling hills, can be reached through public transportation or self-driving. Out of all of the hotels on this list, this one is a favorite for people who already love farms or don’t understand them at all.
Sala Silvermine’s suite is built for guests to stay over 500 feet underground in Västmanland in Sweden. The quiet suite has a large bed, a dressing mirror, and a lighting system. No one considers how dark it is so far underground until you’re stuck without power.
It’s worth noting that the only way to communicate with the outside world is an intercom, which allows you to contact a staff member. If you’re claustrophobic (or unnaturally attached to your phone), maybe skip this spot. If you’re adventurous and love a little bit of a spook factor, however, then this is definitely a must-try.
The Manta Resort on Pemba Island is part of the Zanzibar archipelago. If you stay here, you can stay on a private island that floats. The floating structure has three levels; the landing deck, the top floor for daybeds and relaxing, and the sea room, which is your bedroom.
Step out of your bedroom and take a swim in the ocean, or go downstairs to your underwater sea room. Next time you travel to Tanzania, check out amazing hotels like this resort.
This eco-luxury hotel combines comfort and ecological consciousness for a totally guilt-free trip. Stay in one of these pods overlooking the stunning mountain view with all the amenities you might want. They carefully designed the pods to sit on wooden platforms to provide a majestic view of the mountains and Lake Geneva. An A.C. thermal pump can cool your pod in the summer, with a pellet stove, breakfast brought to you, a coffee machine, and Netflix at your disposal.
If you wander out, you can take a nice sauna break or head to the bar for refreshment too. The hotel also provides tours of museums, chocolate factories, suspension bridges, zip lines, and so much more. You’ll never want to leave.
Why not head to a family hotel in Finland’s Lapland, about 250 km north of the Arctic Circle? The largest of Finland’s natural parks is just a stone’s throw away, and it’s so clean you can drink from the surrounding streams. The nearest hotel is just 30 minutes away, though you’ll feel like you’re entirely in the wild once you are there.
The glass igloos include toilets and beds, but the four-person igloos include their own shower as well. The glass allows for a totally unfettered view of the Northern Lights. You’ll also have breakfast and dinner served for free, and who doesn’t want that?
If you’re a history buff, consider this labyrinthian hotel of UNESCO-listed caves. Professionals renovated the rooms using traditional techniques and tools since the caves are ancient dwellings carved into the stone face of the hill.
There are 18 rooms to book, and all seating, beds, lights, bathing areas, and kitchenettes include indigenous materials. The upgraded rooms have terraces, where you can request an in-room massage whenever you feel like it. Please sign us up for a room in each of these hotels.