Not your mom’s hotel

Want a really interesting get away?

Forget the the usual hotel!

How about renting a houseboat?

Amsterdam

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Florida

This one is called Moonfire.

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What if your hotel is made of ice?

Quebec’s Hotel de Glace

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They have horse drawn carriage rides, too.

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Sweden’s Jukkasjarvi (Can anyone pronounce that?)

You can sleeping in -5 degrees.  ( I personally am not sure how you don’t freeze to death…???)

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Each room is designed by a different architect.

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This one has a view of the arctic lights. How cool is that!?!

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 Stay in a cave!

Cappadocia Cave Suites in Turkey

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The only thing to say here is, “That is SO cool!”

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Sextantio, La Grotte Della Civita in Matera, Italy. ..to read more in English…or Italian.

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This room is called the Superior Cave.

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Look at the cool bathroom!

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Does this treehouse count as camping?

Treehouse Point near Seattle, Washington

The Trilliam Room

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The Temple of the Moon Room

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These tree house rooms have everything a regular hotel room has except at bathroom – those are shared and on the ground. Still the coolest ‘camping’ I’ve ever seen!

Bonbibi

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Finca Bellavista in Costa Rica.

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Sleep in real castle.

Schlosshotel Lemberg – a 12th century castle. To get here you have to pass through a park and cross 2 moats. How cool!

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Hotel Schloss Matzen in Reith, Austria (about 30 minutes from Innsbruck)

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Doesn’t it look like Princess Somebody slept here!??

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Try out a monastery or a convent.

Florence… Try Monastery.com for a very long list of options!

Expect plain and simple rooms..

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and strict time rules. There isn’t a 24 hour front desk reception as this is a working religious community and the nuns or monks have their regular work schedule.

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How about Jerusalem?

Ecce Home Convent is located inside the Old City Walls. From their terraces you can see the Dome of the Rock.

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How about staying in a prison turned hotel?

Boston, MA – The Liberty Hotel (Isn’t that a great name for a former prison?)

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Completely redone, it is now a fancy place. I love this restaurant name!

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Have you stayed in an unusual hotel? I would love to hear about it!

Happy Travels and exotic stays!

Natalie, the Educational Tourist

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