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Five of the World’s Wackiest Hotels

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Ever fancied awakening to an underwater scene akin to the opening scenes of The Little Mermaid? Or desired to drift off within the bowels of a giant household pet? Crazy as these concepts may sound, anything’s possible in the world’s top five wackiest hotels…

Hobbit motel NZ

New Zealand is home to the Hobbit Motel: two quaint dwellings for holiday-makers exploring the Woodlyn Park area of Waitomo. Whilst you could be forgiven for wondering how it works with the height issue, you can rest assured that it’s not a problem. In fact, the purpose-built underground houses are spacious holiday homes providing modern and comfortable accommodation for up to six people. Sadly, you’re unlikely to find Martin Freeman dwelling there.

The Marmara Antalya

Situated on the famous cliffs of Falez, the 26-room ‘revolving loft’ annexe of the Marmara Antalya spins 360 degrees to treat its guests to panoramic views of the Atlantic. Full rotation can take between two and 22 hours so you could fall asleep facing the city of Antalya and wake up facing out over the seas.

Dog Bark Park Inn

Of course one of the world’s barmiest hotels is a guestroom fashioned into the torso of a 12 foot beagle. The barking Idaho Dog Bark Park Inn is a two-bed roadside retreat.  Inside the head of the dog is a loft room with additional sleeping space and the muzzle forms a cosy alcove! The website states that the people at Dog Bark Park enjoy sharing dog, travel and life stories as well as assisting visitors in planning their vacations.

The Giraffe Manor

And more on the theme of critter-based accommodation, the Giraffe Manor located in deepest Africa is a perfectly ordinary guest spot. Until you take into consideration the resident family of giraffes, that is. Set in 140 acres of Kenyan forest, Giraffe manor is actually a beautiful manor house retaining its original 1930s décor. It is also probably the only place in the world where you’ll be vying for your breakfast against a small herd of giraffe.


Dubai’s Underwater Hotel

And finally, apparently not content with boasting the only 7-star-rated hotel in the world, the Burj Al Arab, Dubai is now set for the world’s largest underwater hotel. Dubai’s on-going love affair with unique architecture has seen plans developed for a luxury 21-bed retreat submerged over 30 feet below the surface of the ocean.

Providing plans go ahead, guests will be treated to a room with a view of the extraordinary sea life of the Persian Gulf. So, which will you choose? Anyone know of any other barmy bedchambers out there?

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Sarah Jarvis has written 9 articles. I'm Aurora Johnson, a travel writer at Custard. I'm absolutely obsessed with all things travel and love experiencing new locations around the world. From trying new cuisines to uncovering unexpected tourist attractions, I do my best to blog on the best bits of travel!

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