5. The Dog Bark Park Inn
The Dog Bark Park Inn located in Idaho, USA is a hotel that is built in the shape of a giant Beagle. So, if you are a fan of dogs then this is the place for you! The hotel is run by chainsaw artists, Dennis Sullivan and Frances Conklin and consists of the bed and breakfast inn, a gift shop and visitors centre and a gallery which showcases the work of the two chainsaw artists. The Dog Bark Park Inn will accommodate up to four guests all of which are entertained with a selection of books from their library and games and puzzles which of course are mainly dog themed!
4. Free Spirit Spheres
In amongst the trees of the west-coast rainforest on Vancouver Island are three spherical treehouses suspended no more than 5m off the ground. The three spherical treehouses named Eve, Eryn and Melody are made from cedar, Sitka Spruce and fibreglass respectively. The construction of these treehouses borrow heavily from sailboat construction and rigging practise. For example, wooden spheres are built much like a cedar strip canoe or kayak, suspension points are similar to the chain plate attachments on a sailboat and stairways hang from a tree much like a sailboat shroud hangs from the mast. Guests staying at this hotel can expect a calm, pleasant and peaceful experience while dwelling in a natural forest environment. Or if you want to make it loud, you can experience true surround sound as each sphere is wired for power and has built in speakers for those who wish to bring their own music.
3. Das Park Hotel
Das Park Hotel doesn’t scream luxury when you first look at it and that’s because it isn’t for that purpose. As stated on their website, dasparkhotel is conceived and implemented primarily as a hospitality tool. The hotel, if you can call it that, is constructed from repurposed, incredibly robust sewage pipes. Each sewage pipe is equipped with a double wide Eurofoam mattress, full headroom, light, power, storage, a woolly blanket and a light cotton sleeping bag. It is run using a “pay as you wish” system where customers can leave any Euro amount that they can afford to help support the project.
ICEHOTEL is a world-famous hotel located in Sweden and is made entirely of ice blocks and snow from The Torne River. The hotel opened in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi and features a bar, church, main hall, reception area and about 100 rooms for guests. No two room is the same in the ICEHOTEL with each room designed by a different artist. The cooling technology within ICEHOTEL means its structure remains below freezing at about -5°C (23°F). And oddly enough, the hotel uses solar panels for electricity! If you do happen to go and visit this hotel just make sure you bring a coat because you know, something tells me it’s going to be cold…
1. Hotel Costa Verde
Located in Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica, Hotel Costa Verde is a hotel that is home to a special two-bedroom suite in the form of a 1965 vintage Boeing 727 aircraft. Salvaged from San Jose airport, this impressive plane is perched on a 50-foot pedestal where you can enjoy the scenic ocean and jungle views. Furnishings are hand-carved, teak furniture from Java, Indonesia and the refurbished Boeing 727 home features two air-conditioned bedrooms, each with its own private bath, a flat screen TV, a kitchenette with a microwave, dining area foyer, an ocean view terrace, a private entrance up a river rock, spiral staircase and 360 degrees of surrounding gardens. As well as the 1965 vintage Boeing 727 aircraft home, the hotel is also home to the world-famous Cockpit Cottage. The residence aptly named Cockpit Cottage was built using the cockpit section of a McDonnell Douglas, MD-80 fuselage into a steep jungle hillside, surrounding guests with tropical luxury and of course a spectacular ocean view.