For travelers looking for something beyond the typical plush hotel and who want a memorable experience not just seeing the sites, but also while relaxing, these 5 unusual hotels that provide adventure.
Hotel Silken Puerta America, Madrid is a futuristic hotel designed by cutting-edge architects to provide a constant visual diversion. Halls and rooms are characterized by curves rather than straight lines, with some rooms in pristine white or bold colors. Smoothness and shine characterize the feel of the design, with bold lighting and minimalist furnishings created for efficiency, comfort and convenience.
The Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge in Sweden is ideal for the environmentally-conscious traveler who wants to connect with the glory and peace of nature through sustainable accommodations. The furnishings are made of natural materials, with striking varieties of wood in abundance. The dining room has a panel consisting of logs with a relaxing domed fireplace. Bedrooms are reminiscent of camping lodges, but with a gentle glow of comfort. The Eco-Lodge conserves energy with no electricity and running water, and gives travelers the authentic experience of wilderness surroundings while providing cozy elegance.
Take a trip back in time or climb into the pages of a story book in the Thorngrove Manor in the Adelaide Hills of Australia. The hotel's fairy tale appearance will enchant children and adults with old-fashioned tiles and stone foundations. The award-winning hotel houses antique treasures within its baroque exterior and dream-like towers. A stay at the Thorngrove manor is ideal for couples with its romantic design. The past is brought elegantly into the present for a unique aesthetic experience of centuries past.
The Boot Hotel in New Zealand is reminiscent of the nursery rhyme of the old woman who lived in a shoe, but unlike the woman in the rhyme, you can relax and enjoy an untroubled stay in charming accommodations. The exterior of the hotel is a large, brown boot-like structure. A striking wood panel and storybook roof atop the main part of the boot stands along a brick chimney. Inside the boot façade, the lobby and rooms are quite comfortable, with a winding wooden staircase, an adobe fireplace and a relaxed dining atmosphere. The whimsical design in a rustic environment make the Boot Hotel a great fantasy to escape from a hectic traveling schedule.
The Museum Hotel in France gives art lovers a chance to feel that they are taking a hotel with them after their visits to various aesthetic sites. The hotel was designed by Pascal Haüserman in the 1960s as an addition to a larger hotel, and became its own entity in 2006. The lively pop-art theme has its variations in bubbles with striking, colorful surreal designs that remind one of Andy Warhol or Salvador Dali. Feel enveloped within a painting or sculpture as you eat, drink, sleep and relax with your traveling companions in accommodations that express the imagination that inspires great art.