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Five Unusual Hotels to Stay In (If You’re Brave Enough)

Five Unusual Hotels to Stay In (If You’re Brave Enough)

Published by Programme B

Are you looking for somewhere a little different to stay on your next trip? Perhaps you want to get some amazing photos for Instagram, you’re planning for a special occasion, or you just want to shake things up a little.

These hotels are all unique and unusual places to stay – though some of them might require a bit of bravery.

1. Stay in a Jumbo Jet: Jumbostay, Arlanda Airport, Stockholm, Sweden

This amazing hotel is a converted jumbo jet. If you’ve ever dreamed of flying first class and sleeping comfortably on a plane, here’s your chance to have a similar experience for a fraction of the price. Dorm room beds cost from around $50 – or you can book the double bed ensuite cockpit from around $200. The hotel is at the airport itself, so it’s a great place for a stopover or the start of a trip to Stockholm. 

2.Stay in a Prison: Malmaison, Oxford, UK

This swanky boutique hotel is pretty far removed from the experience of being incarcerated … but it still has some original features of the former Victorian prison, such as iron cell doors and barred windows that don’t open. You won’t lack luxuries, with stylish rooms and suites, free fast wifi, a continental breakfast, and more. It’s on the site of Oxford Castle, so it’s in a great location to explore this historic city.

Looking to Find a Friend or Relative Incarcerated in the USA (e.g. in Illinois)?

If you have a friend or relative in prison in the USA, you may be unsure how to find them – especially if you don’t have contact details for their close family members. Maybe you lost touch with your friend a while ago, but you still have hope of discovering which pen he is in, in Illinois or in any other state. Simply use an online database to search for your friend’s name, and you should find his ID number and the details of where he’s imprisoned.

3. Stay Underwater: The Muraka, Conrad Rangali Island, Maldives

This astonishing two-level hotel is normally an underwater restaurant that seats 12, but it can be converted into a suite for two where you can sleep surrounded by fish: the ultimate hotel ambience. It costs $11,710 a night, though, so it’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As well as the below-sea room, you get two bedrooms and a bathroom on the upper level (above the sea), plus a tub, private 24-hour butler, private chef, on-call fitness trainer, spa treatments, and more.

4. Stay in a Hotel Made of Ice: Icehotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

Every winter, Icehotel is rebuilt from snow and ice – before melting again each spring. The hotel houses twelve art suites that have unique, hand-carved ice sculptures, each brand new for the season. The standard rooms have beds made of ice (though you won’t be shivering all night – there’s a thick mattress on top of a wooden base plus thermal sleeping bags). The communal changing rooms, toilets, and saunas are in Riverside, the warm lobby next to the hotel. 

5. Stay in a Crane: The Yays Crane Apartment, Amsterdam, Netherlands

If you have a good head for heights, you might enjoy staying in this three-story apartment. It has amazing (if dizzying) views over the IJ waterfront. It comes with a luxury bathroom and kitchen and you can even sit in the original crane operator’s box and listen to stories from the crane’s last operator, Henk Roos. There are restaurants, art galleries, and local shops right next to the crane apartment, too. 

All these hotels offer a unique experience that you’ll never forget. Which one might be perfect for your next trip?

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