Unique and Unusual Hotels You’ll Want to Visit Around The World
One person’s idea of the perfect holiday abode differs uniquely from the next. While we can all bask in the extravagance of velvety toasted towels and the most luscious of hotel lobbies, why not check out these sweet vay-cay spots that are slightly off the beaten path! Picturesque drive-bys, immersive experiences like a local and bustling food scene – we promise you no lesser of an incredible experience when you visit one these hotels across the globe!
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1. The Club Residences by Capella, Singapore
Starting the list off with Singapore’s very own premium and probably most grandiose of options, The Club Residences by Capella Singapore could just be the epitome of higher-living. It is hard to imagine that a space like the one in the picture above exists right here in this little red dot. A private pool that does not look scrimpy, a full-size patio that actually has walking space and not to mention, an all-around luxurious interior design. One can argue that even 4-stars hotels struggle to match the class that exudes from an establishment like this.
Extending its services beyond the very 4 walls of your apartment/suite, The Club Residences by Capella Singapore provides unimaginable welfare to every guest’s needs around the clock. One can even hitch on the shuttle buses that ferry guests to-and-fro Harbourfront MRT and the Central Business District (CBD) if the island of Sentosa gets too remote for you. The prime spot for tourists and locals alike, the island of Sentosa serves as an exemplary refuge from the hustle and bustle of Singapore. Make sure to visit Universal Studios Singapore and hit the beaches of Palawan and Siloso while you are at the island!
- Price: from 640 SGD/night with Booking.com
2. Ascott Raffles Place, Singapore
Right smack in the middle of Singapore’s Central Business District is Ascott Raffles Place Singapore. Branded as one of the few 5-star establishments in Singapore, this hotel ranks competitively amongst bigger brands like Marina Bay Sands Singapore and The Fullerton Hotel Singapore – for a good reason. Location is prime, you are literally minutes walk away from the much-famed Lau pa sat.
You might be doubtful of the district where the hotel is situated, but it is precisely the location that makes Ascott Raffles Place Singapore stand out from the crowd. Take a dip at the infinity pool to overlook the CBD; feel the gold rush of capitalism surge through you while you frolic in the ever-inviting ripples of the pool. Of course, location is only a slice of the bigger cake; each well-appointed room comes elegantly embellished with touches of class and modern furnishings.
- Price: from 280 SGD/night with Booking.com
3. Orakai Insadong Suites, South Korea
Think self-checking traveller inns but instead, what you get at Orakai Insadong Suites is truly one of its kind. Self-catering luxury suites with a range of amenities like never before; a fully equipped fitness centre, swimming pool, and not to mention a sauna facility.
To all minimalism enthusiasts out there, this is it. Coloured with mostly black and white tones, rooms and suites in Orakai Insadong Suites are kept simple, functional but at the same time, aesthetically appealing. Insadong is also rated one of the highest as the prime location to stay when you are in Seoul!
- Price: from 218 SGD/night with Booking.com
4. MIMARU Tokyo Akasaka, Japan
Japan being strategically situated to the east of China has gotten a great deal of influence from them. And one look at MIMARU Tokyo Akasaka’s assortment of rooms and you can witness the spillover of culture that has influenced the contemporary yet oriental aesthetic the apartment cum hotel has embraced.
It is hard to pinpoint exactly what the hotel had done to accentuate even the western influences in their styles of rooms available, but whatever it was, MIMARU Tokyo Akasaka has done it right. The apartment cum hotel establishment is also nestled right in the middle of many attractions in Tokyo, important to consider when you are maximizing exploration time during a vacation!
- Price: from 434 SGD/night with Booking.com
5. City Suites – Beimen, Taiwan
Literally steps from City Suites – Beimen and you’ll be in full-blown glory of what Taipei, Taiwan has to offer. It’s a plethora of street food, the bustling of automobiles and most importantly the warmth of the locals.
Resembling a boutique hotel with its over-the-top utilitarian decorations, you might assume the high price for a room in City Suites – Beimen, but a look at the price point and you will soon realize this is probably the most bang for the buck apartment on this list! Coupled with its strategic location right in the heart of Taipei, you are good to explore at any time of the day!
- Price: from 129 SGD/night with Booking.com
6. NotOnMap H2O House, Chamba, India
The path off the beaten track often begins quite literally by wandering into the wild blue yonder – and this is especially the case if you’re in India. The obscurity of the name of this place, ‘NotOnMap H2O House’ is quite a telltale of what you will be expecting at this next stop!
Hidden away from the rush of city life, here at the H2O House, you get to enjoy a private patio with the mountainous landscape cascading behind you, just the perfect getaway from the usuals, and also an alternative way to experience India!
- Price: from 46 SGD/night with Booking.com
7. Snowman World Glass Resort, Finland
Individual glass-igloos? It might sound too good to be true but unique cabins each with a glass ceiling for northern-light viewing, it is Christmas every day at this corner of Finland.
What better way to lounge openly in the midst of a freezing winter day than to soak yourself in a snugly warm outdoor jacuzzi? Clear skies whether you’re indoor or outdoor, these private cabins at Snowman World Glass Resort were made with the observance of northern-light in mind!
- Price: from 982 SGD/night with Booking.com
8. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach House, Chicago USA
Taking you all the way across the globe, the snug and warm hues that this house exudes give this first spot on our list a cosy neighbourhood feels – homey yet curiously novel, it resembles almost like a winter home getaway that you would see in a movie!
Lounge in the gloomy tinges of the Chicago summer night in this historic establishment. The make of this house’s corridors acts as a ‘path of discovery’, taking guests through multiple twists and turns only for each corner to reveal a more charming spot to the last. The woody decor and glass windows give each acre of the house an upscale atmosphere all-around.
Nicely situated in the birthplace of Chicago’s deep dish pizza, how better to experience the Chi-Town than to live and eat like one!
- Price: from 2192 SGD/night with Booking.com
9. The Mushroom Houses, Michigan USA
Do not be fooled by the gaudy appearance of this next spot, for you know what they say – never judge a mushroom-looking house by its appearance. In all seriousness though, how obscure would it be to inhabit in a hole out of the Hobbit movie? Lose the minuscule space of a hypothetical hobbit’s residence but retain its whimsically decorated interior and what you get are the Mushroom Houses right in Michigan!
A cottage-like location that aptly serves not only as a home for your holidays in the states but also a wedding venue and many other functions. Picture this, wedding guests beaming with delight on their faces while being transported into the green and lush porch right in front of each of these Mushroom houses. Decked out with a house full of amenities, it is an excellent choice for family getaways and other event needs alike.
- Price: from 632 SGD/night with Booking.com
10. Mirror Houses, Italy
I would never have expected an estate like this to be of vacation purposes, moreover a vacation home! Its contemporary architecture is the elephant in the room and needs no explanation, it is almost obscure that a place like that is up for grabs as a getaway spot.
Surrounding the Mirror Houses are the most astonishing of landscapes, snow-capped mountainous ranges, and just simply the epitome of beauty where nature meets contemporary art!
- Price: from 657 SGD/night with Booking.com
11. Subspace Hostel, Greece
An affordable price-point at a not-so-affordable city in Europe, Subspace Hostel is more than just an accommodation, it is the redefinition of communal and budget living. Its cosmic and subtly goofy interior makes it an absolutely enjoyable experience even when you are staying within your own pod!
The communistic living is all part of the wanderlust’s experience, Subspace Hostel’s compound includes common living halls for digital nomads to work on projects and also space for travellers to interact and lounge. It is also conveniently situated within many points of interests in Greece such as the King Tomislav Square and Botanical Garden Zagreb!
- Price: from 62 SGD/night with Booking.com
The World is Your Oyster
There are plenty of such amusing and fascinating holiday spots in the world – sometimes it might take you to corners of the Earth you would never expect yourself to go, but isn’t that the beauty of travelling? Check out more of these insane looking holiday homes over at Booking.com today!
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