For those of you who are tired of high-rise, luxury hotels inspired by trite holiday themes, and you feel you have pimped your crib out to the max then the following hotels would add a bit of excitement to your next vacation. For Lady Gaga fanatics out there, these hotels are definitely for you!
1. Das Park Hotel, Austria
Who would pay to sleep inside a sewage pipe? Das Park Hotel rooms would have been a hard sell if not for their digital add-ons and artistic touch. Weighing 9.5 tons and measuring 2 meters in diameter, these “pipe rooms” have electronic keypad systems and wall paintings that directly contrast with their rugged pipe exterior. The utilitarian style allows for easy maintenance though.
Are there any amenities inside? The hotel is only open during warm season as there is no heating available during cool months. Guest have to use a separate bathroom facility. Obviously, adding anything more than beds and lighting fixtures would leave no space for guests. Sounds uncool? Not really, since the hotel uses a pricing system that is as weird as its exterior. Where else can you find a hotel with a “pay as you wish’ system? Guests can pay whatever amount they can afford since the hotel obtains its key facilities from nearby public infrastructures!
2. Propeller Island City Lodge, Berlin, Germany
Hotels are among the best places to commit suicide, but the coffins and the artsy design of Gruft Room at Propeller Island City Lodge in Berlin would elicit a less hostile response from those who have deep appreciation of Gothic architecture.
Another oddity in this hotel is the Flying Bed. The slanted floor and other design tricks create an illusion of flying bed and floating wardrobe.
For those with high tolerance for dizzying experience, try the Upside-Down Room where major furniture sets hang from the ceilings. Adding to the loss of visual gravity are the surrealist landscape paintings on the walls.
Other rooms will give you a virtual experience of sleeping in mining grounds or under Nordic ruins.
Most guests who managed to keep themselves alive after staying in this -5 degree Celsius hotel still can’t get enough of their chilling experience. One of the Seven Wonders of Sweden, this infrastructure is built annually and is open for occupancy from December to April.
The entire hotel is made of ice blocks collected from the Torne River. Every part of the hotel, from walls to ceiling, even the furniture, is made of ice. Around 50 designers collaborate each year to build the Icehotel. The construction usually begins every November and normally gets totally finished by January.
4. The Galactic Suite Space Resort
The space resort will literally provide a 3-day out-of-this-world accommodation for a whopping $4.4 million per customer. The first space resort in the history of mankind, this spacecraft is expected to debut next year. Galactic Suite Design, the company behind the project, estimates that there are 40,000 people around the world who can afford this luxury. Other highlights include a James Bond-style astronaut training center and spaceport to be constructed in the Caribbean. The outer-space hotel will fly at an altitude of 450 kilometres, allowing for a fast flight back to the Earth.
5. Karosta Prison Hotel, Latvia
This is the perfect place to spend your night if you are preparing for a life in prison. The hotel describes itself as unfriendly, uncomfortable and unheated. There are four tour levels to choose from which offer varying degree of discomfort. Guests pay money to be kicked, beaten and literally locked in prison rooms. The most adventurous guests would choose Level 4 where the most brutal guards are stationed. Don’t dare to sue the prison guards afterward – all guest prisoners should sign a waiver.