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Friday, May 2, 2014

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Tired of the typical hotel experience?

Perhaps a night in the cockpit of a 1950s Bristol freighter plane in New Zealand is more your speed. Or maybe a stay in a white rock salt paradise in Bolivia? Or in an undersea lodge among the fishes of Florida?

Those hotels and 12 others were recently listed as the quirkiest hotels from around the world by CNN.

Plane Accommodation

At Woodlyn Park in Waitomo, New Zealand, a fully refurbished Bristol Freighter plane awaits your arrival.

Plane hotel at Woodlyn Park

Ready to take off? A night in the cockpit at Woodlyn Park's plane hotel costs $180.

The plane was one of the last Allied planes out of Vietnam, according to the hotel’s website.

A night in the cockpit unit costs $180 for double occupancy. Features include a double bed and sofa. Due to the low ceilings, the space is recommended for kids, or perhaps, future pilots.

The tail unit can sleep four and costs $180 per night.

A Salty Stay

Constructed with a million salt blocks, the Palacio de Sal on the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is probably the only hotel with a rule about not licking the walls, according to reports.

You’ll have to keep your mouth off the beds, roof, chairs, tables and bar there as well because virtually everything is made of salt.

Salt hotel
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Bolivia's Palacio de Sal is built on the world's largest salt flat. Don't lick the walls.

CNN reports that the setting is ideal for stargazing and watching sunset colors reflect off the salt lake. The hotel has a spa and golf course as well.

Amenities include a private bathroom, central heating/electricity, and a solarium, according to its website. Rates are from $100 a night for a single occupancy.

Dive and Dream

If diving down six meters to a hotel room is your kind of getaway, consider Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, FL. The hotel was originally a research laboratory at the bottom of the Emerald Lagoon, CNN reports.

The lodge features hot showers, a kitchen, and cozy beds.

Undersea Lodge

Jules' Undersea Lodge in Key Largo offers guests adventure and relaxation 21 feet below the surface of the sea.

Packages range in price. Two can stay for $800 a night, or a group of three or four can stay for $350 per person, according to the website.

Don’t want to commit to an overnight stay? The lodge offers a lunch package, so you can dive down and enjoy pizza while watching fish out the windows.

The hotel owners require SCUBA certification.

Comfort at any of these lodgings may not be guaranteed, but a good story upon your return is a safe bet.


Tagged categories: Architecture; Color + Design; Design; Hotels

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