When you’re traveling and check into a hotel, sometimes it’s exciting and luxurious. Sometimes it’s rather perfunctory – not much more than a bed for a few hours. And sometimes, it’s completely unmemorable and your room looks exactly like the room you stayed in three months ago halfway around the world – you can’t even tell the difference.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are some unforgettable, outlandish and even flat out crazy hotels around the world that you should know about – and maybe even consider staying at.

Here are six extremely unique hotels from around the globe:

I’d like to be, under the sea, in an Octopus’ Garden, in the shade. Failing that, how about the Conrad Maldives?

This hotel has both beachfront villas and “water villas,” which are perched above the water so it feels like you’re staying out in the middle of the ocean. The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is, for us, what sets this destination apart. It’s the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant, a chance to see the fish swim all around you as you dine. There are also suites built like “reverse aquariums” – so the fish can keep an eye on you.

La Villa Hamster, France 

La Villa Hamster

Hoping to get away from the rat race on your vacation? Feel like you need a break from your hamster wheel existence? Then La Villa Hamster in western France is probably NOT for you. It’s a one room “hotel” set up just like a hamster cage, complete with a hamster wheel, a metal water spigot you activate by stepping on a giant lever, and wood chips on the floor of the bathroom.

 

CasAnus

CasAnus, Belgium

While we’re on the topic of weird accommodations (sorry to be judgmental), let’s talk about CasAnus in Belgium. It’s a giant sculpture of an intestine that offers one room for guests, complete with a double bed. The sculpture is anatomically correct down to a disturbing level of veiny detail.

CasAnus creator Joep Van Lieshout says, “Our presentation is unfinished, in motion, unpolished, contradictory, untidy, complex [and] inharmonious.”

Ice Hotel, Sweden

Compared to those last two entries, this is downright normal. Except that it’s an entire hotel made of ice – the perfect spot for a James Bond-style caper. You can choose between cold rooms and warm rooms, and, yes, the cold rooms are made of ice.

Even if you don’t stay in an ice suite, you can enjoy the hotel’s ice sculptures, artwork, and architecture. But you should definitely stay in a cold room.thumbnail_ice hotel

Palacio de Sal, Bolivia

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If ice isn’t your thing, how about salt? Check out Bolivia’s Palacio de Sal, which is constructed from pure salt. We’re talking everything – the walls, the floors, the furniture. This one-of-a-kind hotel blends in with the surrounding landscape of the Great Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. The salt flat is a great destination for photographers, and if you stay in the hotel you’ll have an awesome story to go along with those pictures.

Sala Silvermine, Sweden

To wrap this up, let’s go deep – really deep. The Sala Silvermine resort in Sweden is, quite literally, the deepest hotel in the world. The rooms are as far underground as 155 meters – that’s more than 500 feet below the surface. If you’re concerned about how you’re going to get that far underground, don’t worry – a tour guide will greet you at the entrance of the mine and bring you down to the depths. And, yes, they’ll help you return to the surface when your day is done.

 

 

 

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Photos Courtesy of:  La Villa Hamster , Palacio de Sal, Sala Silvermine,  CasAnus, Ice Hotel, Conrad Maldives

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John Miller is president of ScribeWise. He is an avid traveler and web-surfing junkie. Visit www.scribewise.com.

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