Hotels are a pretty important part of any trip that you take as it’s vital that your base for your holiday is somewhere that you can enjoy, relax in and unwind in. More often than not, most people go with the big brand names, the names that they know and quite often, guests find that these aren’t all that they’re cracked up to be in terms of the quality of your stay. So, here at All Class Hotels, we decided to take a look at some of the more unusual hotels that are dotted around all corners of the globe and stick them in a list for you to browse.
If you’re planning a trip abroad, then maybe one of these hotels will be right up your street and, you never know it may be in the exact place that you’re planning to stay. So, let’s get into the list of 4 of the most unique hotels in the world.
No Man’s Fort, Solent, Portsmouth
This is a Victorian-era fort which was originally built between 1867 and 1880 at the request of Prime Minister Lord Palmerston, in order to protect Portsmouth from an attack by Napoleon III, an attack which never came. However, No Man’s Fort has now been turned into a luxury hotel complete with 22 bedrooms, a lighthouse penthouse suite, nightclub, hot tub and just in case you want something to do while you’re staying there, there’s a laser quest arena too.
The fort featured in the 1971 ‘The Sea Devils’ episode of Dr. Who and the rooms all contain original iron ceilings and the windows are made from old gun ports. The top offering at the hotel, the private lighthouse with the penthouse suite, will set you back £700 per night but you’ll get a glass-floor in your penthouse and if you climb to the vantage point, you’ll be greeted with exceptional views. This is certainly one of the most unusual hotels in the world, without doubt.
The Magic Mountain Hotel, Huilo Huilo Reserve, Chile
This hotel is somewhat off the beaten track in the Huilo Huilo Reserve which covers a staggering 60,000 hectares (148,000 acres) of the Valdivian Forest and also has natural hot springs, a number of unexplored lakes and there’s also direct access to the Mocho Choshuenco volcano. The Magic Mountain Hotel, or Montaña Mágica in Chilean is as close to a real life fairy-tale as you’re likely to get.
What was initially a place for friends to stay while they hunted and fished in the Huilo Huilo reserve, it became the first hotel to be conceived in the image of a mountain and the accommodation on offer is something special. The options range from rooms in the main lodge which has a waterfall cascading from the roof to secluded, private forest lodges. This isn’t somewhere that you can easily get to either.
The trip to get to the Montaña Mágica Lodge is at least two hours long from the nearest airfield and once you actually arrive at the spectacular accommodation, you have to enter via a rope bridge suspended high up in the trees. Not somewhere you can just hire a car, jump in and go. But, this is what adds to the attraction.
Kakslauttanen Glass Igloos, Saariselkä, Finland
This is somewhere that you’ve probably seen and is more than likely on your list of things to do and it’s no surprise really as the Kakslauttanen Glass Igloos are something to behold. You’ve likely seen the pictures of the glass igloos and been captured by the magical aura surrounding them and what better way to spend a night than in an igloo that you can see the Northern Lights out of?
If you’ve booked, or are thinking of booking a night or two here then it’s worth recommending that you do a spot of reading before venturing out here as there’s some mixed reviews out there. Despite what the images of the igloos may paint, one of the reviews that can be found easily online is quite damning and recommends that you stay outside of Kakslauttanen and in the local village of Saariselkä and visit the igloos at night, which can apparently be done without any hassle after 11pm as there’s no security on the premises.
One thing of note, if you’re not one to travel light but you’re headed to Kakslauttanen then be prepared to pay for help getting to your lodge or a possible 20/30-minute walk through the snow lugging all your bags with you. A good set of winter tyres would struggle to help you get there any quicker! Read the full review of Kakslauttanen here and let this help you make a decision.
Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya
This has to go down, quite simply as the most unique of all the hotels we’ve included on this list for one reason and one reason only; there’s giraffes on the premises. This is arguably one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings and Giraffe Manor harks all the way back to the 1930s when European visitors first came here to enjoy safaris. The friendly resident Rothschild giraffes that live here often poke their long necks through the windows of the manor often looking for a treat.
If you’re looking for a somewhat unique safari experience then this is certainly somewhere you need to consider to booking into. If you want to read more about the Giraffe Manor before booking then check out this in-depth review.