Tiny but Unforgettable Places You Could Stay in on Vacation
What'll it be? Vintage trailer or Swedish bird's nest?
So, you’d like to mix it up on your next big trip. On your travel checklist: a place to stay that’s equal parts offbeat and off the grid.
We've got you covered. Here, six kooky alternatives to generic hotels.
LITTLE PINKY, MARFA, TEXAS
This renovated vintage trailer is just 18 feet in length and available to rent for $120 a night. But it's not just the vivid color that's cool. Its home, El Cosmico, is a 21-acre desert campground filled with similar trailers, tents and teepees. Your sure-to-be-eccentric neighbors alone might be worth the whole thing.
THE UNDERWATER ROOM, TANZANIA
Travel to the Manta Resort and book a stay at this Swedish-engineered floating structure. It's a cool $1,500 a night, but the three-level bunk (below sea level) offers 360-degree views of fish, squid, octopuses and whatever else the Indian Ocean would like to show you.
GLASS IGLOO, FINLAND
Northern Lights more your thing? This glass dome at the Kakslauttanen Resort ($389 a night) gives you a front seat to all the action. (FYI: Peak season for the lights begins the third week of August and lasts through April.)
THE BUBBLE HOTEL, FRANCE
Down in France, you can also sleep in a bubble when you book a night in one of these transparent pods, sprinkled throughout the countryside just east of Marseille. The bubble itself is just 13 feet in diameter, but for $125 a night, it comes with an uninterrupted view of the stars (telescope included).
You know we love ourselves a treehouse. But this hotel room goes one step further, being modeled after a real bird?s nest. At 180 square feet in size, it?s been designed to accommodate a family of four. There are separate bedrooms, a bathroom, a living room and a retractable staircase ($550 a night for couples, $50 extra per kid).
CAPSULE HOTEL, NETHERLANDS
Channel your inner James Bond (er, Wes Anderson) in one of these survivor pods that float on the Hague ($70 a night). What's inside? Hammock beds.