If you’re a fan of unconventional travel or want to experience something different from the usual established hotel chains, why not start by checking yourself into a more off-kilter accommodation? Novelty hotels have been springing up all over the globe, introducing new fun and outlandish trivialities to solicit patrons. But of course, they normally don’t come cheap. But even if you have the wherewithal, doesn’t it always feel just a little bit more satisfying when your special encounter doesn’t cost you an arm or leg — or both? Here are six unusual hotels across the world that cost under 300 euros a night.
Kumbuk River Eco-Extraordinaire | Buttala, Sri Lanka
The Kumbuk offers visitors a taste of what it really means to be sustainable in its exclusive eco-paradise. Situated on the banks of a lively river on the edge of the Yala National Park, Sri Lanka’s premier wildlife sanctuary, the lodge uses material and resources found around the Kumbukkan Oya River to create everything from furniture to the lodge’s elephant facade. The concept of the lodge allows visitors a unique experience where they can enjoy a memorable holiday without the environment-damaging features of life in the city. The double-storey Elephant Villa — made out of twigs and straw — is equipped with two bedrooms and a lounge situated in the elephant’s ‘belly’, while the living/dining area, bathroom and plunge pool lay at its ‘feet’. The resort also has two other villas for larger groups.
Cost per night: About 76 euros
Pezulu Tree House Lodge | Limpopo, South Africa
Have you ever dreamed of living in a tree house as a kid? Well, at Pezulu Tree House Lodge in Limpopo, South Africa, you can do just that. Surrounded by miles of vast greenery and wild animals, the reserve makes for an ideal escape from the hectic world. The tree houses have been built around the trees so that it blends in with the environment while maintaining an element of luxury. Watch a herd of animals passing by from the balcony, or come face-to-face with a curious giraffe peering through the leaves.
Cost per night: About 84 euros per adult
Jules’ Undersea Lodge | Key Largo, Florida, USA
Lovers of the sea will appreciate this lodge the most, as it is (wait for it) underwater. Located at the bottom of the Emerald Lagoon, guests have to scuba dive 21 feet below the surface of the sea to access the hotel. The hotel, which rests on pillars on the ocean floor, was converted from a research lab to a two-room lodge. As precarious as it sounds, you know you’ll be in for an experience of a lifetime, so take the plunge!
Cost per night: 270 euros per person when staying in a group of four
Montaña Mágica Lodge | Panguipulli, Chile
At first glance, the Montaña Mágica Lodge in Chile looks like something out of the Lord of the Rings with its wooden façade shrouded in greenery. Shaped like a volcano, the lodge actually spews water, sending it running down the 13-room guesthouse. Excitement begins even before you step foot into the lodge as The “Magic Mountain” is only accessible by a rickety looking bridge. Activities offered by the lodge include an into-the-wild mini-golf course, hiking, and access to the longest zip-wire in South America that is 1,500 feet above ground.
Cost per night: 165 euros per person (minimum stay of two nights required)
Propeller Island City Lodge | Berlin, Germany
This possibly takes the cake for being the trippiest hotel. The brainchild of German artists Lars Stroschen, the hotel has 30 different unique rooms, some more outrageous than others. Everything from the objects to the furniture in the lodge is custom-made. Ranging from mild to absurd (on a scale of crazy), you decide your experience. For those who aren’t up for anything too outrageous and just want to relax, the Medi-Terra room exudes a Mediterranean-village feel, with blue walls and a bed made from palisade wood. For the more adventurous, choose from a prison cell, a room with coffins for beds, a suite completely decorated in mirror fragments, or — the most requested — a seemingly ordinary bedroom except that everything is upside down.
Cost per night: 69-190 euros
Mira Mira | Gippsland Region, Australia
Located just 90 minutes from Melbourne, in the beautiful Gippsland Region, Mira Mira hotel provides luxury accommodation on 22 acres of bushland surroundings. Choose from three different retreats, with each promising a unique “Mira Mira Experience”. If you’ve always wondered what it’s like to live in a cave, then The Cave House is for you. For the artsy types, there’s the opportunity to dwell in creativity at Tanglewood, which pays homage to Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudi. Those looking for a tranquil getaway can look forward to the Japanese Zen Retreat, which is built on a pond.
Cost per night: 299 euros (minimum stay of two nights required)