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7 of the World’s Craziest Hotels

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If you’re tired of hitting up the same chain hotels over the holidays, check out these truly spectacular places to stay, compiled by The Telegraph. From underwater rooms to treehouses and igloos, this list is sure to give you the travel bug. 

The Manta Resort

Location: Pemba Island, Tanzania

Cost: $2,475/night

The Manta Resort features a unique, floating, underwater room. The landing dock at sea level includes a lounge area and bathroom facility and a ladder leads to a roof perfect for sunbathing. Downstairs you can enjoy almost 360 degrees of views as you watch reef fish and other sea creatures. Unfortunately, this magic comes at a hefty price. 

Hotel Kakslauttanen

Location: Saariselkä, Finland

Cost: $465/night

Hotel Kakslauttanen houses the famed glass igloos providing unobstructed views of the night sky and northern lights. The hotel is open during northern lights season, from the third week of August through the end of April. The hotel offers glass igloos, kelo-glass igloos, snow igloos and log cabins that accommodate 10 people and include a fireplace and a sauna.

No Man’s Fort

Location: Solent, Portsmouth

Cost: $605/night

Originally built between 1867 and 1880 to protect Portsmouth from an attack from Napoleon III, No Man’s Fort is now a luxury hotel with all the bells and whistles. The fort includes 22 bedrooms, a nightclub, a hot tub, a lighthouse penthouse and laser quest. Located 1.4 miles from the Isle of Wight and a mile from Portsmouth, the fort can be reached by helicopter or boat

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort

Location: Huzhou, China

Cost: $360/night

This unique hotel is appropriately nicknamed “doughnut hotel” and was designed by architect Ma Yansong. The hotel rises 27 floors above the water and falls two below and includes a swanky lobby paved with White Jade from Afghanistan and Tiger’s Eye Stone from Brazil. Additional features include 321 guest rooms, 37 villas, 40 suites, a fitness center, restaurants and a café. 

Crane Hotel 

Location: Harlingen, The Netherlands

Cost: $350/night 

Though its location is less than glamorous, this quirky hotel provides incredible panoramic views of the Wadden Sea inside a 150-high room. The machine room of the crane has been transformed into a luxurious bedroom that combines an industrial feel with high-end comfort. The kid in you will love staying in and manipulating the functioning crane. 


Location: Harads, Sweden

Cost: $458/night

Located in the middle of a dense forest in Harads, Sweden, the Treehotel includes six unique treerooms. Each treeroom is designed by a different architect and functions as a cabin-like capsule with stunning views of surrounding scenery. The setting is pretty remote though; the nearest airport is over 60 miles away.  

Dream Cave Hotel

Location: Cappadocia, Turkey

Cost: $30/night 

The Dream Cave features four rooms built inside the famous “fairy chimneys” rock formations. The hotel is close to restaurants and cafés and is furnished similarly to historic homes in Turkey. This is no full-service, 5 Star hotel (you get what you pay for at $30/night), but you can check sleeping in a cave off your bucket list. 

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