All of us have had odd experiences upon checking into a hotel—maybe you thought there’d be helpful bellhops and a luxurious pool, only to find broken automatic doors, a grungy pool and a Jacuzzi that hasn’t worked in years. Those experiences might be strange, but we can guarantee that they are tame compared to the hotels listed below.
New York City is full of sophisticated hotels, but none like this one. Its rooms and common areas are modeled after a library, complete with walls full of books and an old-fashioned card catalog.
All of the rooms at this hotel are weird, but this one is right at the top of the list. Step through its doors, and instead of conventional beds you’ll find two luxuriously lined coffins complete with handrails. If you’re a fan of Twilight or other vampire literature, this is the hotel for you!
This hotel’s a must-stop for both eccentrics and art lovers. Rooms aren’t focused on furniture so much as on the abstract, unconventional and sometimes immense pieces of art that dot the hotel. Each piece is locally created, and all are available for purchase.
As with most public buildings, the Benesse Art Site caters to the conservative crowd. If you don’t want to sleep amidst works of art, you can rest in a comfortable room and visit the nearby art gallery.
Amsterdam’s Philosopher’s Hotel
While not as strange as some of Propeller Island’s offerings, the Philosopher’s Hotel’s rooms are in a class all by themselves. Each was decorated and designed to commemorate one of the world’s greatest philosophers; for instance, Georges Bataille’s room has an erotic theme and Thoreau’s focuses on age and the progression of time.
From the outside, it resembles something out of a science-fiction movie (in fact, it’s a former underwater research lab). If you aren’t scuba-certified, you can’t stay—but don’t worry, you only have to descend 21 feet. The Jules Undersea Lodge only holds six guests, but each room has air conditioning and a large underwater window.
If you want more than room service and mints on your pillow, book a night or two in any of the hotels listed above. If Propeller Island seems too unorthodox for you, consider one of the tamer offerings. No matter which you choose your stay is sure to be memorable.