World’s 10 most unusual hotels

 By Catherine Leech, 101 Holidays

If you thought that the hotel comparison website, Trivago, was all about keen prices for bog-standard city centre hotels, check out this compilation of 10 unusual hotels on their books – from sleeping in the cockpit of a Boeing 747 to a hotel made out of salt.

Malmaison Oxford

Malmaison Oxford – converted prison

Spend a night or 2 in a converted cell in this converted Victorian prison. The once bleak prison corridors now have the red carpet treatment whilst the original metal staircases are a centrepiece of the restaurant. Find out more.

Sleep in the cockpit of a B-747

Jumbo Stay Hostel, Sweden – Boeing 747

Enjoy all the comforts and luxuries of flying first class without leaving the ground in this former Pan Am and Singapore Airlines B747. Located on a disused runaway at Stockholm airport, it features room options for every budget, including quad dormitories and a luxury suite in the converted cockpit with a panoramic view of the airport. Find out more.

Igloo Village Kakslauttanen

Igloo Village Kakslauttanen, Lapland

Choose between one of the individual log cabins, futuristic glass igloos or traditional snow igloos – where you will sleep on ice. By day, head out for husky, reindeer or snowmobile rides before exploring the snow chapel, ice bar, the world’s largest smoke sauna and a snow restaurant back at base. Find out more.

Martin's Patershof

Martin’s Patershof, Mechelen – converted church

High ceilings, archways and ornate embellishments await in this converted 19th century church. Gaze at the incredible mosaics and stained glass windows and relax over a cocktail in the choir stalls. Find out more.

Stay on board the Queen Mary

The Queen Mary, Long Beach – ocean liner

After 1,001 transatlantic crossings between 1937 to 1967, this elegant cruise liner is now a hotel – via a stint as a troopship during the Second World War. The original features of the state rooms, suites and public areas have been restored – think rich wood panelling, Art Deco décor, original art work and operating portholes. Find out more.

Crowne Plaza Indianapolis, Union Station

Crowne Plaza Indianapolis – railway station

Located within Indianapolis’s still operating Union Station, you can spend the night in one of America’s oldest railway stations. Nod off in one of the authentic Pullman train car sleeper rooms, on their original tracks – there’s even an indoor swimming pool and hot tub. Find out more.

Cappadocia Cave Suites

Cappadocia Cave Suites, Turkey – ancient caves

Stay in original cave dwellings from the Hittite, Roman and Byzantine periods. The original cave system has been cleverly converted into stylish hotel rooms, using local hand-carved stone. The views alone are breathtaking.

Hotel Luna Salada, Bolivia

Salt Moon Hotel, Bolivia – a hotel made of salt

‘Luna Salada’ is entirely constructed of salt blocks, in the heart of the Salt flats of Uyuni, Bolivia. Designed to blend in with the natural surroundings, it boasts unsurpassed views of the salt flats. There’s an observatory too for star-gazers. Find out more.

Quinta Real

Quinta Real Zacatecas, Mexico – bull-fighting ring

This 5* hotel is built into the grandstand of the famous 19th century San Pedro bullfighting ring in Zacatecas, Mexico. The hotel retains all the character and beauty of the original bullring whilst offering guests first-class service in an elegant setting. Don’t miss the spectacular chandelier in the restaurant. Find out more.

Ariau Amazon Towers

Ariau Amazon Towers, Brazil – tree-house

In the heart of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, guests experience the natural wonders of the rainforest first-hand, with over 6 miles of canopy walkways and bedrooms situated up to 110 feet high in the tree tops. There are four bars, two restaurants and two tree-top swimming pools – and all rooms have a private balcony overlooking the rainforest. Find out more.

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