Hotel de Glase

Quebec, Canada

Each December, artists start constructing this unique hotel. Open from January 7 to March 27, the hotel requires 400 tons of ice and 12,000 tons of snow.  It is redesigned and rebuilt each year. Everything you see at this hotel is made of ice, including the fireplaces and the glasses to drink from.1a

Das Park Hotel

Osterreich, Austria

We’ve all seen the big concrete sewer tubes waiting to be installed during construction work, and now Das Park gives the opportunity to stay in one of these tubes. Each weighs 9.5 tons and needs little up-keep, just a coat of varnish to help keep the moisture from cracking the cement.

Austrian artist, Thomas Latzel Ochoa, lends his touch to the inside of the tubes to make them a bit friendlier. The concrete stays cool on the inside and makes for a nice summer retreat. Das Park is open from May to October, and the rates are on a “pay what you think the stay was worth” type of system.2a

V8 Hotel

Baden-Württemberg, Germany

The V8 hotel is the perfect destination for car enthusiasts. Located in the city’s first airport, this hotel offers car themed rooms, including a Mercedes Benz car wash, Morris Minor Garage and a Route 66 theme. The beds follow the room theme by either looking like a continuation of the road, or a car.3a

Hang Nga Hotel

Da Lat, Vietnam

Hang Nga Hotel (or “crazy house,” as it’s been dubbed by the locals) is a hotel considered one of the most unusual pieces of architecture in Vietnam. A random assortment of cubbyholes and rooms that twist and turn are pieced together with bridges to form a maze-type complex.  The house also contains caged birds, spiderweb creations, enormous animals and other curiosities that create a fairytale like atmosphere.4a

Karostas Cietums Hotel

Liepaja, Latvia

The Karostas Cietums started as a Russian prison and remains much the same now as it was then. Your stay includes being handcuffed and led to your jail cell, stripped of your belongings, fed bread and water and allotted a bed of wood or iron mattresses. STAY IF You dare.5a

The Giraffe Manor

Nairobi, Kenya

The Giraffe Manor was built in 1932, by Sir David Duncan, and modeled after a Scottish hunting lodge. Located in Nairobi, with a view of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Ngong Hills, it is located on 115 acres. The manor was opened in 1984 as a hotel. The Rothschild giraffes were moved onto the property after the loss of their natural habitat, and now they thrive there. Staying at this giraffe sanctuary will allow you the opportunity of having the giraffes come right to your window, where you can hand-feed them and take pictures.6a

The Capital Gate Hotel

Abu Dhabi

Capital Gate is a skyscraper in Abu Dhabi.  it is adjacent to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and is designed with a striking lean. At 160 m (520 ft) and 35 stories, it is one of the tallest buildings in the city and features an 18° incline to the west. The tower (also known as the Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi) is the focal point of the Capital Center/Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre master development. In June 2010, Guinness World Records certified Capital Gate as the “World’s furthest leaning man-made tower”.7a

Luxor Hotel

Las Vegas Nevada, USA

The 30-story hotel, owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, includes a 11,000 square meter casino with over 2,000 slot machines and 87 table games.

renovated in 2008 – 2009, it has a new, highly modernized, and contemporary design.  The Luxor contains a total of 4,400 rooms, including 442 suites, which line the interior walls of a pyramid style tower.  This is within twin 22-story ziggurat towers that were built as later additions.

The hotel is named after the city of Luxor (ancient Thebes) in Egypt. This is the second largest hotel in Las Vegas and the eighth largest in the world.

The luxor’s pyramid is similar in size to the Red Pyramid and Bent Pyramid of Egypt.8a

Ashford castle

Cong, County Mayo, Ireland

The oldest castle in Ireland, dating to 1228, Ashford fits everyone’s fantasy of a medieval fortress, with soaring turrets, breathtaking views of Lough Corrib and even a resident ghost.  Once owned by the Guinness family, it opened as a hotel in 1939. Its rooms and suites boast traditional design, with original features carefully restored, plus the modern amenities of a luxury hotel. The rural setting accommodates a host of outdoor activities, including fly-fishing, golf, horseback riding, and hawk flying overseen by Ireland’s first school of falconry. The hotel’s historical details and sprawling grounds make it a romantic getaway for couples.9a

Burj Al Arab Hotel

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Burj Al Arab is a luxury 5 Star hotel which due to it’s excessive level of luxury and attention to detail has been called “The world’s only 7 star Hotel”.  The top of the hotel hosts a helicopter pad which also acts as a tennis court or golf tee off point.  Such stars as Tiger Woods and Adre Agassi have visited the hotel to test out these facilities. It is the third tallest hotel in the world and has been built on an artificial island.  Located 280 meters from Jumeirah beach, the island is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship.10a