The Play Room is made for dirty weekends. You won’t be playing Scrabble while lying on the 8ft round bed that features a full mirror above. It might be the only hotel room that includes a “pole dancing area.”
You could sleep in a different room at this hotel for 110 nights and never have the same experience. The Caveman Room is a room of solid rock. Hotel literature promises that “a waterfall spills from overhead in the stone shower and water flows from the rocks into a stone sink basin in the cavern-style bathroom.”
Dubbed “The Crazy House” during its construction, this bizarre guesthouse is the creation of Vietnamese architect Dang Viet Nga. The most common description is “Gaudi meets Disneyland,” with more than a little of Dali thrown in. The Bear Room has only a slight lead over the Kangaroo Room for weirdness.
Every room here is crazier than the next. A bed suspended 1.6 meters from the ground by ropes? A suite with a sleep-in cage? A room with two coffins? Or how about a room laid out with mirrors to give you the impression of living inside a kaleidoscope?
The Cube room gets all of the press attention (it’s hard not to print a photo of a mirrored cube room), but we’re more blown away by the UFO Room, which is suspended in trees and looks as if it’s about to land.
Designed to admire the Northern Lights, these glass igloos will keep you warm even in the deepest of winter nights. The hotel also has log cabins and traditional snow igloos, but our money is on being able to stare at the sky when nights are longest.
This hotel on the west coast of Costa Rica features a Boeing 727 “fuselage home”. The pimp pad has an ocean view terrace, a private entrance up a river rock, spiral staircase, and a 360-degree view of the surrounding gardens.
It’s impossible to photograph any room here and not have the picture turn out badass. Each car-obsessed room is done with great detail and quirk. You’ll be hard-pressed to find another hotel room in the world that looks like the inside of a car wash.
Free Spirit offers three sleeping spheres, all dangling near Qualicam Bay on Vancouver Island. Each sphere is wired for power and comes with speakers for your iPod, should you want to put on something lovey dovey and cozy up in the trees. Don’t rock too hard, because “when another body inside a sphere shifts his/her weight the motion is abrupt. This is because the mass of the sphere is low.”
A chainsaw-wielding husband and wife team made a pile of money selling small wooden dogs on QVC. How to invest the haul? By making a large wooden dog that doubles as an inn. It is currently #1 of 2 inns in Cottonwood, ID on TripAdvisor.
This “hotel particular” is ever-evolving. It invites artists to update rooms so that they change into new seasons of art. Current themes include Mass Confusion, Panic Room, Fusion, and Land of the Moon.
Spend the night in a prison that is every bit as notorious as Alcatraz. Upon entry you’ll be stripped of your possessions, handcuffed, and shown to your cell. The one shown here is fancy -- others are just wooden bunks. You’ll be served prison food and shouted at by guards. Bonus: It’s haunted. Double bonus: There are discounts for school children.