The World’s Unusual Hotels: 11 Unique Offers on ZenHotels

The World’s Unusual Hotels: 11 Unique Offers on ZenHotels

There comes a time when your heart desires something very special for your holiday: wake up in a cave or a castle, or live for a while like poets or movie-stars do, or even pretend to be a top TV show superhero.

Let us cut to the chase: here is a perfect selection of hotels for you from around the globe. Each has its own unique character and story. All you have to do is follow your heart’s desire and book the dates.

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San Domenico Palace, Taormina, A Four Seasons Hotel

  • Hotel’s special feature: the second season of the hit comedy-drama TV series The White Lotus was filmed here.
  • Stars: 5.
  • Rating: 9.
  • Location: Italy, Taormina.
  • Price: the hotel is closed until 14 March 2023 due to new season preparations but this hidden gem has to be on your travel wish list!
  • Awards: Safe Travels 2021.
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La dolce vita isn’t so sweet is the slogan of the highly popular TV series The White Lotus, but the staff at San Domenico Palace would definitely challenge you on that! The hotel is a true palace, a former 14th century monastery sitting on a rocky cape above the deep-blue waters of the Ionian Sea. The hotel’s famous guests included Oscar Wilde and King Edward VIII to Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren. This is the best testimony to the fact that the hotel strictly observes the highest of industry standards.

The resort premises have all the ingredients for a bounty holiday: Italian gardens, a swimming pool with a splendid view from the peak of a cliff, a lounge-bar for sipping prosecco, Michelin-starred restaurants, preserved historical architecture, a luxury spa center and a business center.

The resort premises have all the ingredients for a bounty holiday.

The hotel has been renovated in the liberty style with all the bedrooms boasting elegant designs, furnished with antiques and offering a view of an Ancient Greek theater, mountains or the sea. Some rooms have their own pool.

Newlyweds will enjoy special attention here: the hotel offers wedding service arrangements.

Our tour desk is also at our guests’ disposal: best trips around Sicily will be organized for your pleasure, experienced guides will accompany you around the island or take you to the best local wineries. Alas, go have the time of your life! 

The hotel has been renovated in the liberty style with all the bedrooms boasting elegant designs, furnished with antiques and offering a view of an Ancient Greek theater, mountains or the sea.

Zinema7

  • Hotel’s special feature: each room is themed on a famous cinema celebrity.
  • Stars: 4.
  • Rating: 8.9.
  • Location: Spain, San Sebastian.
  • Price: from $1,057 per night for 2 guests.
  • Awards: Safe Travels 2021.
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Do you love Richard Gere or Woody Allen, or perhaps you’re a fan of Anjelica Huston or Meryl Streep? If you are looking this way, don’t hesitate to book this hotel right now – it has rooms with memorabilia related to all these (and other) actors! 

Set on the foundations of what was a former cinema hall, this four-star hotel is an epitome of the Spanish town’s passion for cinematography as it offers guests a movie atmosphere visible in every inch of the hotel’s interior.

This four-star hotel is an epitome of the Spanish town’s passion for cinematography as it offers guests a movie atmosphere visible in every inch of the hotel’s interior!

A modernly equipped fitness center, a cozy restaurant with portraits of famous actors hanging on the walls, a conference hall, a fantastic library, a bar and 102 rooms in a stylish contemporary design with everything you need to relax in comfort. 

The spot is rather convenient: a 20-minute slow walk to the town center and the beach. 

Zinema7 has its own cosy library, decorated, of course, in a cinematic atmosphere.

Tubo Hotel La Tatacoa

  • Hotel’s special feature: designed in the shape of a drain pipe. 
  • Location: Colombia, Villavieja.
  • Price: from $36 per night for 2 guests.
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As colorful as Colombia as a whole, Tubo Hotel La Tatacoa is a great choice for those who are on a budget while wishing to enjoy unique hotel accommodation, even if it’s a budget option.

The bright colors of the interior will definitely create the uplifting mood. There is a unique bar where you will enjoy delicious drinks and American breakfasts in the morning as well as fuel your inspiration for some exciting content for your social media. 

The rooms are equipped with air conditioning while the territory includes a garden and an outdoor swimming pool. Plus, it gives you a perfect chance to boast about staying in a drain pipe. It’s a unique experience after all!

The bright colors of the interior will definitely create the uplifting mood.

Museum Hotel Cappadocia

  • Hotel’s special feature: located in a cave.
  • Stars: 4.
  • Rating: 8.5.
  • Location: Turkey, Cappadocia.
  • Price: from $626 per night for 2 guests.
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One could talk for hours about Cappadocia as every traveler worth his salt knows of this destination. Yet your trip here will not be worth it if you stay at an ordinary hotel because Cappadocia is famous for its tufa valleys and caves. It’s in one of those caves that the luxurious Museum Hotel Cappadocia is located.

The hotel is situated in the town of Uchhisar, where you can dive into the region’s non-touristy life. Museum Hotel is completely hidden away in the cave, which adds coziness and an aura of mystery to the interior! The premises include an amazing swimming pool with a bar, a spa center, fitness center, a conference hall and a restaurant.

Museum Hotel is completely hidden away in the cave, which adds coziness and an aura of mystery to the interior!

If necessary, help will be provided to guests in organizing tours and hot air balloon experience. If flying yourself is not what you wish, you can admire, from a restaurant or a personal Jacuzzi in your room, hundreds of brightly colored air balloons simultaneously rising up at the first light of the rising sun.

The hotel rooms are an awe in their own right! The interior details hold best Turkish fascination: carpets, vases, pictures and light fixtures, all finished stylishly and with taste. This hotel does leave a memory! 

The hotel rooms are an awe in their own right!

The Scott Hotel Brussels

  • Hotel’s special feature: inspired by the world of Scott Fitzgerald. 
  • Stars: 3.
  • Rating: 8.5.
  • Location: Belgium, Brussels.
  • Price: from $141 per night for 2 guests.
  • Awards: Safe Travels 2021.
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An elegant hotel inspired by the good old world of Scott Fitzgerald invites you to experience the roaring 1920s. In the crafty hands of the designer Michel Penneman, the interior is intended to immerse guests in the enchanting atmosphere while avoiding the hustle and bustle of the modern city. 

It’s an elegant hotel inspired by the good old world of Scott Fitzgerald invites you to experience the roaring 1920s.

The hotel has 75 rooms with a cozy but reserved design in three color ranges of velvet: gold, old rose and green. An array of antique items from flea markets, wooden panels, a crackling fireplace and, naturally, a big library, velvet armchairs, a bar counter with dimmed lights – the Scott generously offers its guests all the memorabilia associated with The Great Gatsby’s author.

Its fantastic location is a plus: small trendy bars, shops, theaters, museums and other 21st century attractions are all within walking distance.

In the crafty hands of the designer Michel Penneman, the interior is intended to immerse guests in the enchanting atmosphere while avoiding the hustle and bustle of the modern city.

Hotel Jules Cesar & Spa – Mgallery Hotel Collection

  • Hotel’s special feature: located on the territory of a former convent it includes one room designed personally by Christian Lacroix.
  • Stars: 5.
  • Rating: 9.
  • Location: France, Arles.
  • Price: from $204 per night for 2 guests.
  • Awards: Safe Travels 2021.
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Perhaps the most charming hotel in our selection this one was renovated in 2014 by the famous designer Christian Lacroix, Hotel Jules Cesar & Spa and occupies a former Carmelite convent. The guests will be enamored by the historical aesthetics: 17th century elements here are perfectly married with the interior’s modern art.

The restaurant on the premises is named after the famous marquis and it offers exquisite seasonal dishes of Provencal cuisine. There is a dining room decorated with antique furniture where breakfasts are served, and a bar where you can treat yourself to a pre-meal aperitif, an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a green garden and a spa sitting amid sweet-smelling plants. 

Hotel Jules Cesar & Spa and occupies a former Carmelite convent.

Hotel guests can take a trip to Provence to see the dazzling Roman ruins of Arles protected by UNESCO. 

The beautiful hotel rooms deserve a special description: 52 unique rooms of original designs decorated by frescos, pictures and antique details are poised to impress both casual appreciators and creative minds. Three deluxe rooms are equipped to cater for guests with special needs. The hotel’s proudest gem is, of course, the one special suite designed by Christian Lacroix himself.

52 unique rooms of original designs decorated by frescos, pictures and antique details are poised to impress both casual appreciators and creative minds.

V8 Hotel Motorworld Region Stuttgart, BW Premier Collection

  • Hotel’s special feature: everything for cool car geeks.
  • Stars: 4.
  • Rating: 9.
  • Location: Germany, Boeblingen.
  • Price: from $175 per night for 2 guests.
  • Awards: Safe Travels 2021.
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The hotel is sited on the automobile museum complex, so if you are a fan of classic cars or simply a motor geek, this spot is the destination of your dream!

The interior is entirely car-themed: Cadillac beds, desks with spare parts, pictures of famous cars, flower beds made of a motorbike and even car-shaped soap bars. 

The hotel is sited on the automobile museum complex, so if you are a fan of classic cars or simply a motor geek, this spot is the destination of your dream!

There are two restaurants offering traditional German cuisine, a bar serving wine and, of course, German beer; a cozy fitness facility, a massage parlor and a playground. A car rental service is available. The rare cars for sale and in storage are too good an opportunity to miss.

There are not that many rooms in the hotel: all 34 are unpretentious but equipped with everything you need. A perfect setting for an evening watching Ford v Ferrari over a fine pint of German beer.

The interior is entirely car-themed.

Wasserturm Hotel Cologne, Curio Collection by Hilton

  • Hotel’s special feature: located inside a water tower.
  • Stars: 4.
  • Rating: 8.5.
  • Location: Germany, Cologne.
  • Price: from $223 per night for 2 guests.
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Once a water tower spot, this historical building was renovated in 1868 and was converted into a large fashionable hotel that today boasts a luxurious modern interior and a great location in the heart of the city!

The fanciest hotel in our selection: the past is intertwined with the present here. You walk through mysterious corridors of the old tower and into the rooms that are state-of-the-art in terms of design and comfort while the décor elements made of glass, wood and brick leave a unforgettable touch of charm.

The roof of the 12th floor houses a restaurant and a lounge-bar. The latter’s design focuses on natural elements of décor. Here delicious food and drinks are served to guests admiring the stunning views of the city.

The fanciest hotel in our selection: the past is intertwined with the present here.

Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam

  • Hotel’s special feature: the façade is designed as 70 small houses stacked on top of each other. 
  • Stars: 4.
  • Rating: 9.
  • Location: Netherlands, Zaandam.
  • Price: from $161 per night for 2 guests.
  • Awards: Safe Travels 2021
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Inntel Hotels is like your favorite Lego model, except it is a Dutch version and full-scale: the building is constructed out of 70 small houses stacked on top of each other while preserving the city’s historical architecture. Generally speaking, Dutch traditional-style architecture is beautiful but commonly seen everywhere whereas a façade like that will always turn heads. 

The hotel is lovely indeed: the rooms are furnished in minimalist but contemporary style and feature themed designs (for example, there is a luxury Peter I suite). 

Inntel Hotels is like your favorite Lego model, except it is a Dutch version and full-scale.

Here you are bound to experience the local vibe: you can try traditional cuisine and beer (beer in Holland tastes great indeed, admit it!) in the restaurant. Special chef dinners are served in the evening with after-dinner game events. You can work out in the fitness center, relax in a sauna or a Turkish bath, have a swim in the pool or enjoy a massage. Should you desire to visit Amsterdam’s tourist sites, the hotel staff will be there to help you with an itinerary, and here you can rent a bicycle (the most popular mode of transport in the neighborhood). Keep a close eye on your belongings in the Red Light District and do not drop by a coffee shop unaccompanied.

The rooms are furnished in minimalist but contemporary style and feature themed designs (for example, there is a luxury Peter I suite).

Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore by Far East Hospitality (SG Clean)

  • Hotel’s special feature: the entire living façade is covered in plants.
  • Stars: 4.
  • Rating: 8.9.
  • Location: Singapore.
  • Price: from $255 per night for 2 guests.
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A bright and fresh oasis amid Singapore’s sea of concrete – the exterior of the hotel is a real vertical garden of lush greenery that stands out amazingly against the background of grey skyscrapers! What springs to notice is obviously a fantastic location: the hotel stands in the heart of the city but next to Chinatown, one of the city’s great neighborhoods; a subway station is right next to it, 20 minutes from the airport, with galleries and temples popular among travelers within walking distance. 

The exterior of the hotel is a real vertical garden of lush greenery that stands out amazingly against the background of grey skyscrapers!

Hotel guests can enjoy the following amenities on the premises: a 24/7 fitness center, an open-air swimming pool with a view on the 28th floor (as well as an indoor pool on the 22nd floor), two restaurants and a bar, as well as a reception area in a cozy courtyard. 

The hotel boasts a stylish, minimalist and elegant design; the rooms are furnished with all popular amenities and offer a fantastic view of the city. A separate category of ‘club’ rooms gives guests staying in them various perks: private access to an indoor swimming pool and a lounge, participation in events (morning yoga, for example), all-inclusive meals and other privileges.

Hotel guests can enjoy the following amenities on the premises, e.g. an open-air swimming pool with a view on the 28th floor.

Hotel Palacio de Sal

  • Hotel’s special feature: built entirely of salt.
  • Stars: 4.
  • Rating: 9.
  • Location: Bolivia, Uyuni.
  • Price: from $183 per night for 2 guests.
  • Awards: Safe Travels 2021.
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While many experienced visiting a salt room (incidentally, it is a great way to prevent or get rid of a cold), few had the chance of staying at a salt hotel. Meet Hotel Palacio de Sal: it sits on the edge of the famous salt flat at Uyuni and is entirely made of salt. Yes, you got it right: entirely! The interior of this huge and a rather ugly looking complex strikes one as spacious and original as it features stunning salt furniture, salt stairs and, basically, salt everything. 

Unique dishes are served in the hotel restaurant (for example, lama meat). One can have fun in the games room, play at billiards, sit by a fireplace, have a swim in the pool on the premises, fall into a reverie on the rooftop panoramic terrace admiring fantastic sunsets. Remember a local must-do: grab a pair of boots (borrow yours from the hotel) and explore the salt flat at Uyuni.

Meet Hotel Palacio de Sal: it sits on the edge of the famous salt flat at Uyuni and is entirely made of salt.


Tough choice, hah? Whatever destination you choose, enjoy your holiday!

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