Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The world's most unusual hotels

Featherbed Railroad, California, US
This unusual B&B comprises nine antique railroad cabooses in northern California's Lake County – known for its antiques, hot springs and wine. All have been individually decorated, from the Las Vegas bordello-themed La Loose Caboose, with red velvet and Mustang Ranch memorabilia, to the art deco Orient Express. The Easy Rider caboose has a Jacuzzi for two, Harley Davidson touches and a headboard with handlebars.
From $150 for two, including locally sourced cooked breakfast

Unusual hotels: Featherbed
V8 Hotel, Böblingen, Germany
The 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.
Doubles from €170 a night, breakfast €15pp

Unusual hotels: V8 Hotel im Meilenwerk Stuttgart auf dem Flugfeld Boeblingen.
Neemrana Fort Palace, Alwar, near Delhi, India
The once-proud Neemrana Fort Palace, built in 1464, fell into decay after India's independence in 1947, but the ruins were acquired for restoration in 1986. In a stunning redevelopment, faithful to its rich cultural past, Neemrana Fort Palace, near Delhi, opened as one of India's most beautiful heritage properties in 1991 and is a vast complex of seven palace wings built in 12 tiers up a hill, with hanging gardens, two pools and India's first zipwires.
Doubles from £54 a night, including breakfast

Unusual hotels: Neemrana

Costa Verde, Quepos, Costa Rica
To 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.
From $250 a night, room only

Unusual hotels: Costa Verde
Hüttenpalast, Berlin, Germany
Hüttenpalast is a reto treasure trove in the central Berlin district of Neukölln. Inside a former vacuum-cleaner factory, guests can sleep in a cute cosy caravan surrounded by potted trees, or in smart wooden cabins with "outdoor" picnic tables. With the amenities of a modern building, including guaranteed warmth spring, summer, autumn and winter, visitors can enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, while still indoors.
From €65 a night for two including coffee and croissants
Unusual hotels: Hüttenpalast

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