Unusual, Offbeat & Unique Accommodations
When the folks at Wimdu.com came calling and asked if I’d poke around their website for unique accommodations, well, poke I did. And I found oodles.
Their motto is “Live Like a Local”, but it could quite easily be “Live Like an Eccentric” as well. Here are some of their oddball offerings as proof:
Hotel in a Suitcase
I’ve heard of living life out of a suitcase, but never quite living life in one. The Hotel in a Suitcase in Luzenau, Germany is the brainchild of a retired rail worker and is suitably situated next to a railway museum. So I guess this is what they do with left luggage.
Railway Car Hotel
If the Railway Museum suitcase wasn’t enough to wet your railroad whistle, then maybe a stop at the Railway Wagon Hotel just down the line in Merzen, Germany is the ticket. You can ride the rails here starting at $101 USD a night. Well, since it doesn’t actually go anywhere, it’s more like sleeping in a train station. And who hasn’t dreamt about that at least once?
If you harbour a fear of heights, you might want to skip this unusual accommodation – a crane on the pier in Harlingen, Netherlands. Restored in 2003, it took the proprietor two years to convert it to a machine more befitting slumber than lumber. It’s not the owner’s first foray into unique accommodations though – a lighthouse and a lifeboat along the wharf are also available to rent for the night.
Even the Romany don’t roam all the time. This Gypsy Caravan, or Vardo, was brought to Ploemel, France from Romania. The description on Wimdu’s site goes on to add, “In keeping with the natural atmosphere, you will have use of a dry toilet and Mongolian sink.”
You had me at dry toilet.
TeePee in Hong Kong
Probably thinking kemosabe was Asian sounding enough that they could get away with it, some entrepreneurial Hong Kong natives pitched some TeePees on Lantau Island and starting charging for the night. The result – Wigwams Without Borders.
At 155 metres below the earth, this converted silver mine in Sala, Sweden is billed as the World’s Deepest Hotel Room. And the much less sexy World’s Most Likely Hotel to Get Trapped In.
Don’t fret if there’s no room at the Inn, you can be a modern-day cavemen (or give birth to one) at this unique accommodation in Bethlehem. No word if frankincense or myrrh can be considered forms of payment.