Unique hotels around the world
You can stay at a safe, normal, everyday hotel on vacation. Or you could have the experience of a lifetime in one of these crazy places.
The Liberty Hotel in USA
Formerly the Charles Street Jail, the Liberty Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, is an actual converted prison that housed a few famous inmates back in the day, including Malcolm X and one-time Boston mayor James Curley. The luxury hotel even has prison-themed names for its rooms and lounge areas. For example, The Clink is an on-site restaurant, and The Alibi is the hotel’s cocktail bar – and former jailhouse drunk tank. Amenities include complimentary overnight shoe shines and an on-site concierge. Guaranteed the prisoners never had it this good.
Hotell Hackspett in Sweden
Created by artist Mikael Genberg in Västerås, Sweden in 1998, the Hotell Hackspett – Swedish for woodpecker – is a single room that’s suspended 13 metres above the ground by cables in a 130-year-old oak tree. (Don’t worry, not a single nail was used to anchor the structure.) Guests are hauled up for their stay via a pulley-and-harness system. The room has spectacular views of the public park it’s located in and Lake Mälaren. Accommodations are rustic with a dry toilet and no electric or heating, so it’s only available during the summer season.