10 Unusual Hostels and Hotels around the World

Posted February 25, 2013 by Alberto Molero in Top 10

Why stay in a generic hotel room when you could sleep somewhere really cool and unique?  You could be dining in a railway carriage, waking up in the treetops or drinking fresh milk for breakfast on a ranch in Mongolia for example! And the best thing is these luxury hostels won’t break the bank either. In fact, they’re usually much cheaper than ‘regular’ accommodation options found in the city.


1.     Solscape Eco Retreat – Raglan, New Zealand

Two hours south west of Auckland lies Solscape Eco Retreat, a ten acre property with views over the Tasman Sea and a dedication to minimise damage to the environment and live sustainably. Accommodation includes earth domes created from the earth, cabooses made up of authentic recycled NZ railway carriages, and a tipi retreat just a five-minute bush walk away.

Solscape Eco Retreat


2.     El Castillo Galapagos – Galapagos, Ecuador

At El Castillo Galapagos you can make all your fairy tale dreams come true. This modern castle is made of volcanic stones and has stunning views and spacious green areas complete with hammocks and native plants. All of the rooms have exposed stone walls and many have balconies – perfect for gazing out onto the exotic wildlife that the islands are famous for.

El Castillo Galapagos


3.     Riad Le Clos des Arts – Marrakech, Morocco

Legend has it that a wealthy Marrakech art trader and father of seven daughters used to host passing artists and tradesman in the Riad. Influenced by their creative guests, each of the daughters grew up to become an artist and now every room in this luxury hostel reflects their chosen profession. The suite of Drissa the ceramist features multiple colours of selected ceramics while the Jasmina dancer suite has a “one thousand and one nights” atmosphere.

Riad Le Clos des Arts


4.     Anak Ranch of Mongolia – Orkhon, Mongolia

Get an authentic Mongolian experience at the Anak Ranch where guests sleep in a ger, the traditional Mongolian nomad’s home. Here you’ll herd sheep and cattle, milk cows, make cheese and airag, horse ride and trek, feed the animals, cut firewood, hike and relax. Best part is learning to drink vodka the Mongolian way- accepting a glass with honour and blessing the land in the directions of the four winds.

Anak Ranch of Mongolia


5.     HI Point Montara Lighthouse – Montara, USA

This historic lighthouse hostel was originally established in 1875 as a fog signal station after several ships ran ashore. Nowadays the HI Point Montara Lighthouse is still used by the Coast Guard but it has also been transformed into a cosy hostel, perched dramatically on cliffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean.

HI Point Montara Lighthouse


6.     Santos Express Train Lodge – Mossel Bay, South Africa

All aboard the Santos Express – a train hostel located just 30m from Santos Beach in Mossel Bay. Every room comes with a view of the ocean and if look hard enough and you can see dolphins, seals and whales at play! The Fork and Train Restaurant on board serves seafood, traditional meals, and regular braai`s (South African for BBQ).

Santos Express Train Lodge


7.     Jungle Bells Hostel – Antalya, Turkey

You know that amazing feeling you get when you’ve spent the day out in nature? Well at the Jungle Bells Hostel in Adrasan, you can wake up with the smell of pine trees and the chirping of birds right outside your window every morning! The hostel has bungalows and tree houses made entirely out of local wood.

Jungle Bells Hostel


8.     Lisbon Destination Hotel – Lisbon, Portugal

If you’re looking for accommodation that’s cheap and conveniently located, then it doesn’t get much better than the Lisbon Destination Hotel located on the 2nd floor of Rossio Train Station. But if you’re picturing a dingy, worn down and grimy train station then think again. Here the ceilings are high, light streams in from large windows and the architecture is lavishly romantic.

Lisbon Destination Hotel


9.     Heliconia Amazon River Lodge – Iquitos, Peru

This lodge is named after the tropical Heliconia flower. A fitting name, since Heliconia Amazon River Lodge is surrounded by rainforest, islands and lagoons bursting with wildlife. All of the rooms come equipped with screens to prevent the entry of mosquitoes and are connected by corridors roofed with palm leaves.

Heliconia Amazon River Lodge


10.   Auberge Griffon Aventure – Quebec, Canada

At the Auberge Griffon Aventure guests sleep in rustic cabins, dorms, prospector tents or go camping under the trees. For something truly unique check out Le Griffon cabin – a charming old fishing boat from the 60s made of oak and pine that can sleep 2-7 people.

Auberge Griffon Aventure


There are plenty more unusual options for a night’s sleep so next time why not consider something different?


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