Tuesday, November 10, 2009

World’s Strangest Accommodations

Not everyone is looking for comfort and facilities when choosing their vacation accommodations, some just want a unique experience, something they haven’t tried before. If you’re in the second category, you might want to check out the world’s top 5 wackiest accommodations:

Schottenstift Monastery

If you don’t mind waking-up to banging bells or religious chanting every morning, this medieval monastery, located in the center of Vienna, might be the perfect place to spend your nights.

Built by Heinrich II in 1155, Schottenstift is a Benedictine Monastery that recently opened a guesthouse for tourists interested in experiencing medieval atmosphere. The rates are quite acceptable and the pleasure of opening the windows and enjoying a great view of Freyburg is priceless.

It may be a bit spooky for some, hearing the chants of Benedictine monks every day and living in a place that transports its guests to the times of the knights-templar, but it’s definitely a one-of-a-kind experience.

Sidi Driss Hotel

The most popular location in the underground village of Matmata, Tunisia, Sidi Driss is the perfect place to experience troglodyte lifestyle. It’s also a must-see for Star-Wars fans, as this is where George Lucas filmed the scenes depicting the house of young Luke Skywalker on Tatooine.

Sidi Driss is definitely not the most comfortable hotel you can find, far from it, it’s a labyrinth of vaulting rooms connected by dim corridors that makes you feel like you’re on a different planet.

Like all living facilities in Matmata, Sidi Driss is dug into the ground, making the temperature constant around 20-22 degrees Celsius, both in summer and winter.

Believe it or not, this unearthly settlement is not in a galaxy far, far away.

Giraffe Manor

Founded in 1932 as a haven for the endangered Rothschild giraffe, Giraffe Manor is one of the few places in the world where people can bond with these incredible animals over a meal.

The giraffes living on the property are anything but shy. Leaving the windows open is like an open invitation to the giraffes to stick their long necks in and greet you personally. You can pet them, feed them or even give them a kiss, they love the attention.

Great services, tasty food and the possibility of waking up to a giraffe looking down on you, no 5 star-hotel can beat that.

Propeller Island

Have you ever considered spending the night in an art museum? Well Propeller Island is as close as you can get to an art museum and they welcome tourists.

Located in Germany’s capital city of Berlin, Propeller Island City Lodge feature 30 unique rooms, designed by German artist Lars Stroschen. Spending the night at this unique establishment has been compared to “living in a work of art”

The 30 rooms include a padded cell, exactly like the ones of a mental institution, a room with two coffins as beds, one with two lion-cages to sleep in and many other crazy themes, all unique in the world. They are not all this strange, some are full of artworks or steel mechanics and others decorated with futuristic computer paintings.

Every room at Propeller Island comes with a set of instructions for use.

Katajanokka Prison-Hotel

If you’d like to experience a night in the slammer and you’re willing to pay for it, Katajanokka Hotel in Finland is the place to go. Dating back to 1837, Katajanokka stopped functioning as a prison in 2002.

But rather than leaving the complex at the mercy of the elements or knocking it down, the authorities turned it into Best Western Premier Hotel Katajanokka that opened its gates in the summer of 2007. Renovations cost around 15 million euro and because of the historical value of Katajanokka prison complex, strict limits were imposed. The exterior remained untouched and so did the center corridor of the prison. Every one of the 106 hotel rooms is combined of 2-3 old cells and the Jailbird Restaurant located at the lowest level looks much like the original prison cafeteria.

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