The World's Quirkiest Hotels - Slideshow

By Joel A. Fineman, Staff WriterMay 24, 2011
By Joel A. Fineman, Staff WriterMay 24, 2011, at 1:08 p.m.
U.S. News & World Report

The World's Quirkiest Hotels - Slideshow

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Time Warp

Time Warp

The Medieval Hotel Detenice Detenice, Czech Republic
If the dead animal skins didn't make you feel like you were in the days of King Arthur, perhaps the crude wood décor and dark lighting will. And thankfully, despite the boudoir's primitive appearance, the bathrooms have been updated to modern times.
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Runner-Up

Runner-Up

The Null Stern Hotel Teufen, Switzerland
Proudly boasting about its abysmal living condition and declaring that "the only star is you," the Null Stern Hotel didn't survive for long as a hotel. Plenty of people wanted to see it; they just didn't want to spend the night. So a year after operations began, it became a museum.
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Time Warp

The Medieval Hotel Detenice Detenice, Czech Republic
If the dead animal skins didn't make you feel like you were in the days of King Arthur, perhaps the crude wood décor and dark lighting will. And thankfully, despite the boudoir's primitive appearance, the bathrooms have been updated to modern times.
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World's Quirkiest Hotels

Runner-Up

The Null Stern Hotel Teufen, Switzerland
Proudly boasting about its abysmal living condition and declaring that "the only star is you," the Null Stern Hotel didn't survive for long as a hotel. Plenty of people wanted to see it; they just didn't want to spend the night. So a year after operations began, it became a museum.
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Going West

Wagonstays Canterbury, New Zealand
Wagonstays is exactly what the name entails. It's not glamorous; it's adventurous. And with character in spades and a dash of comfort, the hotel treats guests to a rustic stay.
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The Wigwam Motel Kentucky, Arizona and California, USA
These teepee-inspired rest-stops have been catering to road-trippers since the late 1940s. Decorating historic Route 66, the Wigwam Motels were alluded to in Disney-Pixar's film, Cars.
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Can't Make Up Your Mind

Madonna Inn California, USA
This hotel has just about as many looks as Madonna the musician. Its numerous interior designs provide guests with different settings in which to stay. The Madonna Inn draws visitors out of their entertaining rooms with a luxurious spa and pool.
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Runner-Up

Fantasyland Hotel Edmonton, Canada
Whether you prefer classic or contemporary, this hotel's décor has got you covered. The Fantasyland Hotel features 11 different themes ranging from Polynesian to Roman, from waterparks to igloos.
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Dr. Seuss-Worthy

Abalì Gran Sultanato Palermo, Italy
It isn't something that you drank; that neon really is part of the color scheme at the Abalì Gran Sultanato. While the funky designs might have some reaching for their aspirin, most guests rave about the creative décor, only to be found at this unique property in Sicily.
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Runner-Up

House in the Clouds Suffolk, United Kingdom
Ever wonder what it would be like to have a house on top of a skyscraper? Well, you can find out in peaceful Suffolk, England, where the House in the Clouds rests atop a five-story column. Make sure to prepare yourself for a change in altitude (just kidding, but the views are great)!
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To Be a Kid Again

The Treehotel Harads, Sweden
The innovative designs of these luxury treehouses blow the minds of every visitor that is lucky enough to perch in them among the Swedish forest. Choose from seven different styles (depending on your mood) and you are certain to have an exciting, memorable time. And just a test: Can you find the treehouse in this picture?
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Runner-Up

The Atomium Brussels, Belgium
Although the Atomium isn't actually a hotel, kids are invited to spend the night in this strange structure. Overnights include educational programs that teach children about Brussels and the building's importance to the city.
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Parking It

Woodlyn Park Waikato, New Zealand
Whether you're an aspiring pilot or a Lord of the Rings fan, you'll find the Woodlyn Park has just the type of creative accommodations that tickle your fancy. And although there's a great diversity in the rooms, the friendly service remains consistent.
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Runner-Up

Hotel Costa Verde Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
If you were a fan of the ABC series, Lost, you'll most certainly appreciate the Hotel Costa Verde's expansive 727 Fuselage Suite. It occupies a refurbished 1965 Boeing 727 airplane, which is suspended as though it crashed in the Costa Rican jungle canopy.
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In the Belly of the Beast

La Balade des Gnomes Durbuy, Belgium
While La Balade des Gnomes possess a host of quirky enclaves for guests, the Trojan Horse is the most striking villa, particularly when set against the serene background of the Belgian countryside. As the space is contained within the wooden horse's body cavity, the rooms and furniture are oriented in a unique and inventive manner. And its size could accommodate several aspiring Greeks.
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Runner-Up

Kumbuk River Resort Buttala, Sri Lanka
Rising two stories above Sri Lanka's Kumbuk River, this VIP villa is unlike any other. Guests can enjoy some peace and quiet in the elephant's stomach (and sleep will come easy knowing that you're helping the environment by staying here).
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Off-the-Wall Crazy

Propeller Island City Lodge Berlin, Germany
This artistic funhouse defines hotel quirkiness. Personality exudes from every room, despite the vast differences between them. From black and white to completely orange, from a floating bed to an upside-down room, the rooms here are bewildering. Add in the young, innovative spirit of Berlin, and you'll have the recipe for a successful memorable vacation.
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