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These Wacky Hotels Actually Exist and We Aren’t Kidding

Trista September 21, 2021
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8. The Clown Motel – Tonopah, Nevada

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?

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7. Montaña Mágica Lodge – Chile

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.

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6. SiloStay – New Zealand

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.

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5. Sala Silvermine – Sweden

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.


4. The Manta Resort – Zanzibar, Tanzania

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.


3. Whitepod – Geneva, Switzerland

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.


2. Hotel Kakslauttanen – Finland

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?

Design Hotels

1. Le Grotte della Civita – Italy

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.