Lonely Planet Writer

Proof the trend for alternative places to stay is on the rise around the world

When it comes to accommodation while travelling, not everyone is content to stay in a hotel or hostel. For those seeking something a little different, here are ten of the quirkiest and most unusual places to stay that we have come across around the world.

France

You’d certainly have an amazing view if you stayed in a tent suspended in the woods at Cotes d’Armor in Brittany.

Tents suspended in wood at Cotes d'Armor, France. Image: Berthier Emmanuel / hemis.fr
Tents suspended in woods at Cotes d’Armor, France. Image: Berthier Emmanuel/hemis.fr

Finland

The Arctic Snow Hotel in Lapland has rooms made of ice and snow and a snow sauna.

Ice Hotel in Lapland, Finland. Image: Stephan Rech
Ice Hotel in Lapland, Finland. Image: Stephan Rech

Italy

This cave hotel, Masseria Torre Coccaro, in Puglia is the height of luxury.

Cave Hotel Room in Masseria Torre Coccaro in Savelletri di Fasano, Puglia. Image: Atlantide Phototravel
Cave hotel room in Savelletri di Fasano, Puglia. Image: Atlantide Phototravel

Tunisia

These en-suite bedroom tents are set around a tiny private oasis in the Sahara Desert in Tunisia.

Hotel Pansea in, Ksar Ghilane, Tunisia. Image: Walter Kikibow.
Hotel Pansea in, Ksar Ghilane, Tunisia. Image: Walter Kikibow.

Vietnam

Daring travellers will love the dark fairytale vibe of the Crazy House Hotel in Dalat.

The Crazy House Hotel in Dalat, Vietnam. Image: Gerhard Swenger Schoner
The Crazy House Hotel in Dalat, Vietnam. Image: Gerhard Swenger Schoner

Canada

This unique tree-house resort for adults is set in an enchanted coastal rainforest on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

Free Spirit Spheres on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Image: Boomer Jerritt
Free Spirit Spheres on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Image: Boomer Jerritt

USA

Why not camp in the Wigwam Village in Holbrook on Route 66 in Arizona.

Wigwam-shaped hotel rooms in Arizona, USA. Image: Tom Bean
Wigwam-shaped hotel rooms in Arizona, USA. Image: Tom Bean

Spain

You’d never tire of looking at Marques de Riscal Bodega, a striking hotel designed by Frank Gehry, near La Rioja.

The striking hotel at Marques de Riscal Bodega, near La Rioja, Spain. Image: Martin Child
The striking hotel at Marques de Riscal Bodega, near La Rioja, Spain. Image: Martin Child

Japan

Travelling business people in Japan who don’t require the services offered by more conventional hotels love staying in inexpensive pods at capsule hotels, such as this one in Tokyo.

Designed for business people, this is a capsule hotel in Osaka, Japan. Image:
Designed for business people, this is a capsule hotel in Osaka, Japan. Image:

France

You will be able to sleep under the stars in this bubble tent in Morbihan in Brittany.

A bubble tent in Morbihan in Brittany, France. Image: Berthier Emmanuel / hemis.fr
A bubble tent in Morbihan in Brittany, France. Image: Berthier Emmanuel/hemis.fr

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