If you are tired of the same old hotels when you are traveling, then maybe it’s time you try something a little different. You might be surprised to find out that there are a lot of cool and unique hotels in the world that are in the middle of nowhere. Maybe you like to take road trips and discover new places or maybe you just want a vacation that gives you a little peace and quiet. Either way, there are a ton of great places to visit and make your vacation truly memorable. There are places that you can stay at that might just make your vacation even better because of the locale. Imagine waking up in a hotel that is fun and creative, a place that has some history and backstory to it. You will have fun telling your friends all about it.
There are some exotic and downright wacky hotels out there that will give you more than your money’s worth. Check out these 25 middle-of-nowhere unique hotels most people don’t know exist.
25 Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, Idaho
Are you a dog lover? Can you just not wait until you get home to see your furry friends? If so, then you might appreciate this unique hotel. Believe it or not but that’s a hotel inside that big dog. "This is the only place one can sleep with 26 dogs and still get a good night's rest," says Dog Bark Park Inn owner Frances Conklin. You might think it’s a kennel but instead, it’s a hotel with a quaint atmosphere.
24 Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Zanzibar
Why is this place unique? Because it’s a hut on a remote island that has an underwater bedroom. The island is surrounded by beautiful waters and the underwater bedroom is the best part. Imagine lying in bed and watch the colorful fish swim by? The upper level has a patio that you can sunbathe on and you can swim to your heart's content all day long. It’s sounds like an incredible adventure.
23 Treehotel, Sweden
Imagine being in a hotel that is up in the trees? Sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it? But it’s totally possible if you are looking for a unique lodging. If you truly want peace and quiet on your vacation, then you can’t go wrong with this silent hotel. It’s in the middle of nowhere in Lapland, Sweden and you will be suspended up in the trees, 32 feet above the ground. You can spend the nights stargazing in a one-of-a-kind hotel.
22 Beckham Creek Cave Lodge, Parthenon, Arkansas
If unique is really what you are going for, then why not check out these cave hotel rooms. In this hotel, there is actually a natural waterfall that is in the middle of the main room. You couldn’t get closer to nature in a hotel like this one. There are walls of rock and cavernous ceilings to give you an unusual atmosphere. The hotel looks more like a lodge and has five bedrooms in total.
21 Golden Crown Levin Iglut, Levi, Finland
If you have ever wondered what it was like to stay in an igloo, then this is the place for you. We’re not sure if we have ever seen anything so beautiful. This is the perfect place to see the Northern Lights because of the glass ceiling. Each igloo-like room has a kitchenette, a double bed, and a full bath. You don’t have to worry about the windows frosting up because they are insulated and heated. The lodge itself even has an outdoor hot tub.
20 Tierra Atacama, Chile
How about going to a hotel literally in the middle of the desert. You will have quite a view that includes hot springs, salt flats, crazy rock formations, and flamingos. Imagine how amazing it would be to go horseback riding through the sand dunes or hiking up the side of a volcano. If unique is what you are looking for, then you certainly found the right destination. You can relax in the Uma Spa and enjoy the steam room, bubble massage beds, to Chilean-inspired treatments.
19 Winvian, Litchfield Hills, Connecticut
It’s not a hotel, it’s actually 18 separate cottages, each one with their own theme. There are many unique architectural idiosyncrasies to each cottage and even though they look ordinary from the outside, they are anything but on the inside. There is the “Beaver Lodge,” the “Golf” cottage and an “Artist” cottage that allows you to explore your artistic side. "We hear regularly from our guests that they feel Winvian is their home-away-from-home, but with better service," says Heather Smith, managing director of Winvian.
18 Book and Bed Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
If you love books, then you are sure to love this little hotel. The bookshelves actually slide open to reveal a nook that guests can stay in. The shelves have over 3,000 books on them and there are couches for more leg room. It’s simple accommodations that come with an electrical outlet and a reading light and it’s also only $35 a night. If you are backpacking through the country, this might be a cool place to stop at.
17 Song Saa, Cambodia
This private island used to be a decaying heap of trash and debris. That was before a married couple came together to preserve the area and they turned it into a private island oasis. There are only 24 villas on the island, so you know it’s going to be a peaceful place. There is plenty of time for rest and relaxation. You can be lazy in the sun or check out the coral reefs.
16 Fogo Island Inn, Canada
Just look at all those windows! This place is truly in the middle of nowhere, but you do get a fantastic view of the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s located in Newfoundland and the landscape is totally raw. If you happen to visit it in the winter, you are likely to see foxes and caribous roaming around. The summertime will showcase animals such as pods of whales, puffins, and seabirds. We bet you are going to be Googling what a puffin is. This hotel is built to make you feel like you are floating above the water.
15 The Shady Dell Vintage Trailer Court, Bisbee, Arizona
These aren’t time capsules, they are actually little trailers as part of a “trailer court” that is home to 11 restored mid-century travel trailers. They are vintage-looking and come with 1950s décor such as diner-style booths, record players, and martini glasses. You have to love the era because even the “televisions only broadcast in two colors,” and the magazines are from that era as well. You will feel like you stepped back in time. "Our trailers harken to a time where people socialized, not through the computer, but with a cocktail in hand," say owners Jennifer and Justin Luria.
14 Dromen Aan Zee, Harlingen, Netherlands
This is a very unique hotel in the Netherlands that offer you three very different views. You can literally stay in a crane that was converted into a stylish apartment, 56 feet above the ground. That is also a lighthouse that was restored to include three rooms that give you a 360-degree view of the city. Or you can stay in a lifeboat that was converted into a room. It can also be taken out for two-hour cruises.
13 Hotel Costa Verde, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
How would you like to spend the night in a restored 1965 Bowing 727? This airplane was converted into a two-bedroom luxury guesthouse — talk about being unique. Imagine the view that you are going to get from this place with jungle all around you. There is air-conditioning and a bathroom inside the plane as well. There is a covered patio that extends over the wings and you can have dinner and drinks at the hotel. It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind experience.
12 McMenamins Kennedy School, Portland, Oregon
This hotel used to actually be an old elementary school. It’s all about classy and elegance with this place even though you are sleeping in former classrooms. They kept things a little authentic as some of the rooms have chalkboards and desks in them. They converted the auditorium into a cool theater and what was once the school cafeteria is now a restaurant. You will want to go to detention in this school because they serve beer in what’s called the Detention Bar.
11 Happy Nomads Village, Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
Yes, those little huts or “bozuis” are actually the accommodations. Experience life as a nomad in this unique hotel. They have heated floors, twin beds, and can accommodate five people. However, you'll have to share the bathroom. They are surrounded by flower gardens if you happen to stay there in the summertime. Inside you get WiFi and simple decorations. There is a communal yurt where you will have a breakfast that includes homemade bread and jams.
10 COMO Uma Punakha, Bhutan
If luxury is what you are looking for, then this resort is exactly what you need. There are only nine rooms in this hotel with two separate villas, so getting personal attention and privacy is top priority. The best part of the hotel is the breathtaking views of the Himalayas. This hotel is in the middle of nowhere and aside from being completely peaceful, you will have plenty of spa treatments to keep you relaxed as well.
9 Palacio de Sal, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
This isn’t just any old hotel because everything inside of it is made out of salt. Nope, that’s not sand on the floor that you see there, it’s salt. It’s a 48,500-square-foot hotel where the furniture and even the structure itself is created from salt. They have amazing meals made from sourced llama and lamb and the house specialty, salt chicken. This is a place to really zone out and get in a zen-like vibe. You can go stargazing or check out the largest salt flats in the world.
8 Longitude 131°, Australia
Don’t these little huts look amazing? They are perfect for people who love to get dirty on a camping trip. This is the perfect combination of the great outdoors and luxury. These remote lodges are in the middle of Australia's World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. They only have 15 tented pavilions and they are spread out across the countryside. They come with private decks, wooden chests, and plush furniture. Imagine having your first dinner under the stars literally in the middle of nowhere.
7 Turpentine Creek, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
How would you like to go to a sanctuary for lions as a vacation spot? This hotel is home to the big cats of the world as they take refuge. There is opportunities to feed the cats and be educated on them as well as taking tours. All the rooms are safari-themed and you can hear sounds of "animals carolling throughout the evening and night," according to vice president Scott Smith. "When you visit the refuge and stay at our lodging, all proceeds from your visit help the animals," says Smith.
6 Treehouse Lodge Resort, Iquitos, Peru
It doesn’t get much better than this in the Amazon rainforest. Imagine just falling asleep in a treehouse to the sounds of the forest around you. These treehouses are between 34 and 67 feet in the air. There are walkways that are suspended in the air that will take you to the common area. You can dine on gourmet meals there while getting frequent visits from sloths, squirrel monkeys, and macaws. There are guided tours during the day to see dolphins and to visit indigenous villages.
5 Out'n'About Treehouses Treesort, Takilma, Oregon
If you don’t want to go all the way to the Amazon rain forest for a treehouse experience, then just head on over to Oregon. You can fit a whole family inside one of these treehouses and they come with a kitchenette, beds, and bathrooms. It is a miniature village that just has 18 treehouses. They are held up six stories off the ground and there is swinging bridges that get you from place to place. "I have the biggest concentration of tree houses in the world," proprietor and developer Michael Garnier has said. "Nowhere are there as many tree houses in one locale."
4 El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas
These trailers truly look like they are in the middle of nowhere. If you want to get out of Dodge, then this is the place for you. They offer their guests a "temporary liberation from the built world." It’s a remote desert town that has a bunch of renovated vintage trailers as well as Sioux-style tepees. It’s truly roughing it, however, so you won’t find a bar or a restaurant onsite. But there are communal areas where you can cook, read, and dine with your family.
3 Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand
How stunning do these Thailand huts look? These huts are built on a cliffside overlooking the Rauk River. You will have some breathtaking views as you are surrounded by mountains and jungle. “Sharing an 18,000-hectare elephant corridor with the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation and its 20 rescued elephants, the retreat welcomes these gentle giants onto the property for breakfast, baths, and bareback rides through the countryside.” You also get to learn how to cook Thai cuisine with the chef or have open-air massages.
2 Amangiri, Utah
All you see for miles on end is desert and mountains. The breathtaking landscape is truly in the middle of nowhere. There are a ton of monuments and national parks in the area for you to visit including the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, Lake Powell, and the Grand Canyon. The hotel offers a stunning infinity pool, library, dining room, wine cellar, and even an art gallery. Just image the view you have while swimming in the pool.
1 Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas, India
This gorgeous resort is 8,250 feet above sea level in the Himalayan mountain range. It sits at the bottom of majestic snow-clad mountains. There are pine forests as far as the eye can see and even the inside complements the natural surroundings. The Oberoi Spa will take their guests to pavilions deep in the forest for private experiences. You can also spend your time golfing, doing yoga, going on hikes, or river rafting. It sounds like an amazing experience.
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