Fancy a hotel bedroom within a cascading waterfall, or in the cabin of a Boeing 727? Here are 20 whacky and eye-popping places to stay, from Unusual Hotels of the World
Costa Verde, Quepos, Costa RicaTo create a hotel that’s more like a scene from the TV show Lost, the Costa Verde team transported and refurbished a 1965 vintage Boeing 727 fuselage to create a fantastic two-bedroom suite on a coastal rainforest bluff. A favourite for weddings, honeymoons and romance, it’s set on a concrete plinth that juts up 15m into the jungle canopy, so looking out of the windows feels like flying. There’s a wooden cabin built around the aircraft, with furnishings in hand carved teak, and the rear bedroom has a handcrafted deck on the wing, from which guests can watch toucans, sloths and monkeys. The site has bungalows and a guesthouse too.
V8 Hotel, Böblingen, GermanyThe V8 Hotel has 34 car-themed bedrooms, including Mercedes, Morris Minor and VW versions, with cars made into beds, plus car wash, mechanic’s workshop and petrol station-style rooms. Part of the Meilenwerk classic car restoration complex, in a Bauhaus-style building on a former Zeppelin airfield, it is handy for Porsche and Mercedes Benz factory tours, and guests can also watch historic car restoration in progress.
Treehotel, Harads, Sweden Located in the pine forest around Harads are six unique ‘treerooms’ (more are planned to open in the near future). Treehouses include the glass capsule-like Cabin, the lifelike Bird’s Nest, the mind-blowing reflective Mirrorcube and the UFO (pictured), which reminds guests of the final scene in E.T. There is also a Tree Sauna.