As far as tourism is concerned, hotels are undoubtedly some of the most important establishments in the world, but even though there are millions of hotels out there that offer more than adequate accommodations for their visitors, some of them really stand out. In order for a hotel to become instantly recognizable, it would have to feature something special, whether we’re talking about an impressive exterior design, specially decorated rooms, or original themes. If you want to see some great examples, all you have to do is keep on reading our list regarding the most outstanding hotels in the world.
- Whitepod Hotel, Switzerland
- Attrap Reves, France
- The Caves Resort, Jamaica
- Hotel De Glace, Canada
- Magic Mountain Lodge, Chile
- Singita Sweni, South Africa
- Sala Silvermine, Sweden
- Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji
- Iglu Dorf, Switzerland
- Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania
- Hotel Jested, Czech Republic
- The Oberoi Udaivilas, India
- Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
- Ice Hotel, Sweden
- Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, Finland
- Juvet Landscape Hotel, Norway
- Nhow Berlin, Germany
- Amangiri Resort, Utah, USA
- Viceroy Hotel, Bali
- The Excalibur Hotel and Casino
- Ambassador City Jomtien
- The hotel in Mandalay Bay
- The Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas
- Wynn Las Vegas & Encore Las Vegas
- Genting’s First World Hotel in Malaysia
- The MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas
- Outstanding Izmailovo Hotel
- The Mecca Clock Tower in Saudi Arabia
- NOVAPARK Flugzeughotel Graz
- Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam
- Karosta Prison, Latvia
- Sun Cruise Hotel, South Korea
- Spitbank Fort
- Das Park Hotel
- Dog Bark Park Inn
- Jumbo Stay Hotel, Arlanda
- Puntagrande Hotel
- Skylodge Adventure Suites
- Hotel Marques de Riscal, Spain
Whitepod Hotel, Switzerland
The Whitepod Hotel of Switzerland stands ready to amaze with its remarkable dome-shaped or igloo-shaped houses. The hotel can be found within the lovely town of Les Cerniers, and even though it’s a very eco-friendly establishment, it actually ensures great comforts for its fortunate visitors. Spending some time at the Whitepod Hotel is similar to a camping experience, but a much more relaxing and comfortable one. The amazing panoramas of the mountains and the clean, fresh air would definitely make any trip to Switzerland worthwhile.
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Attrap Reves, France
What makes the Attrap Reves hotel in France special is the fact that it allows its visitors to sleep in transparent bubbles that ensure clear views of the surrounding environment. Attrap Reves flaunts just 6 bubbles, each placed right in the middle of natural environments while boasting basic amenities such as beds, and small seating arrangements. Highly innovative and original, this hotel allows its guests to enjoy the comforts of a hotel room away from the noisy city. The Attrap Reves hotel can be found in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône.
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The Caves Resort, Jamaica
As its name suggests, the Caves Resort is a hotel that was built right into a cliffside of Negril in Jamaica. This amazing establishment boasts 12 remarkable accommodation options and an array of amazing facilities such as the Aveda Amenity Spa, Private Cave Dining, and Blackwell Rum Bar. During their stay, the guests of The Caves Resort would be able to indulge in their favorite holiday activities such as snorkeling, diving, hiking, and even horseback riding.
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Hotel De Glace, Canada
Placed conveniently just 10 minutes away from the city of Quebec in Canada, the Hotel de Glace is a genuine ice hotel that is being rebuilt each winter ever since 2001. Apart from the fact that it is actually built using ice blocks, the hotel amazes with its incredible interior decorations, snow vaults, and ice sculptures. Since the temperatures inside the rooms are quite chilly, to say the least, all accommodations feature special beds that guests can place their sleeping bags upon.
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Magic Mountain Lodge, Chile
The Magic Mountain Hotel in Chile offers extremely comfortable accommodation options in a rustic setting. Surrounded by ample amounts of vegetation, this mountain lodge is the perfect place to go if you are looking for a quiet and private place away from urban commotion and noise. As we mentioned before, the lodge boasts a certain degree of traditionalism, especially as far as decorations are concerned. Large beds, basic lighting arrangements, and plenty of lounging areas make this place a dream come true.
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Singita Sweni, South Africa
The luxe Singita Sweni game reserve can be found within the Kruger National Park of South Africa, in close proximity to the Sweni River. Boasting luxurious accommodations, high-end amenities, and welcoming rustic décor elements at each and every turn, this particular hotel promises to deliver an unmatched experience. One of the highlights of the reserve is the remarkable spa, which tempts with relaxing treatments such as Thai massages or hot stone therapies.
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Sala Silvermine, Sweden
The Sala Silvermine of Sweden is very special because it features the renowned Mine Suite – the deepest hotel room in the world. This suite sits at a depth of 508 feet and offers a quiet if not eerie experience of sleeping underground without any disturbance. The beds are comfortable and the refreshments are absolutely delicious. Spending the night in this suite is definitely a unique and interesting affair. In the morning, after serving breakfast, guests are escorted back up to the ground level by a guide.
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Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji
The Poseidon Undersea Resort in Fiji is probably one of the most original resorts on our list, mainly because it offers a wide array of underwater activities. Boasting exceptional accommodations as well as amazing dining venues, lounges, and spas, this resort definitely deserves a personal visit at least once in a lifetime. The activities we mentioned before involve snorkeling and diving, but the main highlight comes in the form of an underwater trip that can be enjoyed onboard the luxurious 16-passenger Triton submarine.
Iglu Dorf, Switzerland
Switzerland’s Iglu Dorf hotel is being rebuilt each year at 6 different locations within the Alps and Pyrenees using massive amounts of snow, 3000 tons to be precise. Accommodations include standard igloos as well as romantic igloos for couples and family members, but there’s even a hot igloo available. The hot igloo is actually an igloo-shaped tent that features a double bed and an oven. If you ever wanted to spend your night in an icy bunker, spending some time at Iglu Dorf would definitely help you fulfill that fantasy.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania
Placed right on the edge of the renowned Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is an astonishing place to leave your bags at. During your stay, you would be able to go on guided tours of the crater and of the Maasai cultural village, but the nearby Eyasi and Ndutu lakes are also worth checking out. Accommodations at this resort feature colonial-style interiors that amaze with an unbelievable level of luxury.
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Hotel Jested, Czech Republic
Hotel Jested benefits from a unique location within an old radio tower placed on top of a ski resort in the Czech Republic. As such, you would be able to practice skiing and other winter sports during your stay at this lovely hotel; that is if you manage to pull yourself away from admiring the breathtaking panoramas of the mountains that can be seen from each and every room. Irreproachable service, delicious cuisine, and comfortable living arrangements blend into a superb hotel that meets and exceeds even the most demanding requirements.
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The Oberoi Udaivilas, India
If you have developed a taste for the finer things in life, then you would undoubtedly enjoy your stay at the Oberoi in India. This sumptuous hotel found in the middle of Udaipur city boasts amazing views of Lake Pichola and promises to make you feel like a king or queen during your holiday. The hotel itself was built following the principles of traditional Indian architecture and definitely resembles a royal palace. The rooms feature their own terraces as well as luxurious living conditions and conveniences. Furthermore, guests are able to savor delicious meals based on international recipes or savor refreshing treatments for the body and soul by visiting the local spa.
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Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
The Jade Mountain resort of St. Lucia is absolutely extraordinary, to say the least. Boasting a breathtaking design in its own right, the resort celebrates the serene natural beauty of St. Lucia and promises to deliver memorable moments of relaxation and pampering for its lucky guests. However, what makes this particular resort special is the fact that it does not feature modern technologies on its premises, which means that it does not feature any TVs, radios, or even telephones. However, upon guest request, the resort can provide internet access.
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Ice Hotel, Sweden
We couldn’t exclude a remarkable ice hotel such as this Swedish one from our list. Placed within the village of Jukkasjärvi in Northern Sweden, this is the first and the largest ice hotel in the world. Rebuilt each winter from tons of snow and ice, this amazing hotel attracts as many as 50,000 visitors each season, and that’s not surprising at all considering the unique experience that it promises, not to mention the unique accommodation options and the splendid views of the Northern Lights. Covering an area of 59,201 square feet. The ICE HOTEL in Sweden definitely deserves a personal visit at least once in a lifetime.
Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, Finland
The Kakslauttanen Igloo Village of Finland is one of the dreamiest holiday resorts in Lapland. This outstanding hotel ensures luxurious accommodations in its glass igloos, ice cabins, snow igloos, and queen suites, but there’s also a special wedding chamber available as well as a traditional house and a gold digger’s cabin. However, the glass igloos are arguably some of the most impressive options, since they allow guests to feast their eyes on the majestic views of the Northern Lights. The glass igloos feature their own toilets and beds for 2 people, while saunas and showers can be accessed in a nearby building.
Juvet Landscape Hotel, Norway
This outstanding, contemporary hotel in Norway was built right in the middle of a natural site that involves mountains, pines, rivers, and very old boulders. Naturally, guests are able to admire the majestic panoramas of the surrounding environment during their stay, but instead of doing so from their private terraces or balconies, they can feast their eyes with the picture-perfect views from the comfort of their own rooms through very large glass walls. Source Juvet Landscape Hotel.
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Nhow Berlin, Germany
The Nhow Berlin hotel in Germany is dedicated to those of you who enjoy vibrant colors and good music. Flaunting remarkable views of the city of Berlin through its generous windows, the hotel tempts with memorable moments of relaxation and fun, since it is often the host of exceptional special events that involve well-known artists. The rooms are spacious, comfortable, and decorated in a lively, colorful fashion. The décor elements involve contemporary art pieces, while the furnishings feature unusual shapes and geometric patterns involving vibrant shades of purple, green, yellow, and pink.
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Amangiri Resort, Utah, USA
The desert certainly has its own allure for travelers. The desolate landscape of Utah in the USA is the host of the Amangiri Resort, which spreads across 600 acres of space near the border of Arizona. The resort was built around a central swimming pool and includes a central Pavilion, which comprises the living room, library, dining room, cellar, and gallery. Accommodations are divided into 2 main wings called the Desert Wing and the Mesa Wing. The desert wing comprises 16 lavish suites, while the Mesa Wing includes 18 suites of its own as well as the luxurious Aman Spa.
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Viceroy Hotel, Bali
Surely, you must have seen some images depicting the Viceroy Hotel of Bali by now. This heaven on Earth is arguably one of the most incredible resorts in the world, all thanks to a very convenient location and a plethora of luxurious amenities complemented by irreproachable service. If it’s relaxation and wellness that you are looking for, the Viceroy Hotel is definitely the place to go. This family-owned establishment can be found in Ubud and includes no less than 25 luxurious private pool villas that feature breathtaking views over the so-called “Valley of the Kings” in Bali.
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The Excalibur Hotel and Casino
The amazing Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas hotel ranked 10th on our list, and it is truly a sight to behold. The building comprises 2 towers, each flaunting 28 floors. Furthermore, this hotel includes 4,008 suites and rooms and a 100,000-square-foot gaming area that boasts 1,700 slot machines.
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Ambassador City Jomtien
The magnificent Ambassador City Jomtien is located in Pattaya, Thailand. Flaunting 4,219 suites and rooms, this hotel covers a total area of 40-acres, encompassing 5 buildings that include eight restaurants, a convention center, bars, nightclubs, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. During their stay, visitors are also able to enjoy themselves at one of the largest swimming pools in Asia.
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The hotel in Mandalay Bay
THEhotel be found in Las Vegas, and it was inaugurated in 2003. With 4,332 rooms and suites spread across 43 floors, this is definitely one of the most imposing hotel buildings in the world. Apart from its conventional accommodation options, THEhotel also boasts a lavish Presidential Suite, as well as various Penthouses. Guests are also able to savor exquisite culinary delights at the Michelin-starred restaurant called MiX.
The Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas
Las Vegas sure seems to be the place to go if you want to admire huge hotels. The Luxor includes 3 buildings, as well as a 20,000 sq f convention space, a wedding chapel, 29 stores, four swimming pools, and the Nurture Spa. Accommodations include 4,408 suites and rooms, but what makes this hotel truly special is its Luxor Sky Beam, which is the most powerful beam of light in the world.
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Wynn Las Vegas & Encore Las Vegas
We’ll linger in Las Vegas for a while so we can also show you the Wynn Las Vegas and the Encore Las Vegas hotels, both holding the largest number of Forbes five-star awards in the world. These buildings include 4,734 rooms, as well as several bars, restaurants, and spas.
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Genting’s First World Hotel in Malaysia
The First World Hotel represents an amazing complex of two large towers, one featuring 28 floors, while the other sports 24. As the fourth-largest hotel in the world, the First World comprises 6,118 suites and rooms, a wide variety of bars and restaurants as well as a spectacular theme park.
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The MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas
With its 6,852 suites and rooms, the MGM Grand Hotel was the largest hotel in the world when it opened for business in 1993. Apart from its mind-boggling number of accommodation facilities, this huge hotel also includes 19 restaurants, five outdoor pools, and Clark County’s biggest casino.
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Outstanding Izmailovo Hotel
Cutting it really close to becoming the largest hotel on the planet, the Izmailovo Hotel in Russia sports 4 towers, each soaring up 30 stories. This hotel is able to provide its guests with everything they could possibly need during their stay, thanks to its splendid restaurants, cafes, and conference halls. The Izmailovo boasts a total of 7,500 suites and rooms, as well as a huge park.
The Mecca Clock Tower in Saudi Arabia
Since Saudi Arabia already holds many records regarding the tallest or the most luxurious buildings in the world, it comes as no surprise that the world’s largest hotel is situated in Mecca. The Mecca Clock Tower, also known as the Abraj Al-Bait Towers, flaunts a staggering number of 8,000 suites and rooms. Another impressive feat comes in the form of its massive clock tower, which is also the largest in the world. The complex includes three towers that are very popular with pilgrims visiting the holy city. Other details include a plethora of sublime dining opportunities, spas, bars, and probably the most luxurious accommodation options in the world.
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NOVAPARK Flugzeughotel Graz
The Novapark Flugzeughotel is located in the north of the Austrian city of Graz, just 10 minutes from the historic center. The hotel had 160 rooms and suites as well as 22 seminar rooms, a 3,000 square meter spa-area with an indoor pool, but what really makes this hotel stand out is the area called Nova Air. The Nova Air is represented by a Boeing 727-000 that has been transformed into a restaurant and bar, being the perfect place to explore a dinner at a height of 22 meters.
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Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam
Located close to the canals of Amsterdam, the Inntel Hotel Amsterdam Zaandam stands out for its very extravagant exterior and interior design. All 239 rooms of the hotel are elegantly decorated with raw concrete and massive metal columns elements that highlight the industrial mastery of the famous Oostenburg district. It also boasts high-quality services complemented by other facilities such as a spa, swimming pool, fitness gym, and a Turkish steam room.
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Karosta Prison, Latvia
As its name suggests, the Karosta Prison is indeed a former prison that was used in the 20th century by the Nazis and the Soviet military. Now transformed into a hotel, this accommodation is perfect for curious, fearless tourists who want to live a real prison experience. In order to have this authentic experience that includes activities such as sleeping on an iron bed, having prison meals, interrogation, harassment, and spending an entire night in a cell, the visitors must sign a specific agreement.
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Sun Cruise Hotel, South Korea
The Sun Cruise Hotel was first opened in 2002 and it is famous for its cruise ship shape. Having 165 meters (541 ft) long and 45 meters (148 ft) tall, the hotel is built at the top of a cliff on the east coast of South Korea and it faces the water, offering all the 211 rooms and apartments some astonishing landscapes. The hotel has sporting facilities, a yacht clubhouse, an observation area suspended above the sea, a lake, and six restaurants where guests can enjoy both European and Korean food.
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When it comes to eccentric hotels, the Spitbank Fort cannot be overlooked. Located near Portsmouth, England, this hotel has nine premium suites and was originally built and used as a sea fortress between 1867 and 1956, and as a museum between 1982 and 2009. But since 2012, it has been transformed into a luxury hotel with amazing facilities such as a fire pit, hot tub, rooftop pool, restaurant, and rooftop bar. The hotel is perfect for holidays but it can also be reserved for private events such as parties or weddings.
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Das Park Hotel
Das Park Hotel has a more unusual construction and location being built of drain pipes and located in a park in Bottrop, Germany called Bernepark. The hotel has two types of rooms called “Cozy room” and “Sweet Dreams” and a “pay as you wish” system. Be aware that you have to use the bathroom in the nearest petrol stations and do not forget to pack your own toiletries.
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Dog Bark Park Inn
Designed in the shape of a beagle, the Dog Bark Park Inn is a hotel located in Cottonwood, Idaho. Opened in 2003, the world’s biggest beagle hotel has a 12 ft height and 2 floors. The room is located on the second floor and accommodates up to four people including a queen bed and two twin beds.
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Jumbo Stay Hotel, Arlanda
The Jumbo Stay Hotel is actually a 1976 Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet that was taken out of service, placed in the Arlanda Airport, Stockholm, redecorated, and transformed into an awesome hotel. The hotel was opened in 2009 and has 33 rooms divided into three types: dorm room, standard room, and suite. The most luxurious suite is the one located in the cockpit that allows the visitor to play with the control buttons. However, be careful when booking here because not all rooms have a private WC and shower.
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Having only 5 rooms, the Puntagrande Hotel is located in the Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as being Planet Earth’s smallest hotel. All rooms have a spectacular design and are decorated with old wood from shipwrecks and stones, but what is more special is that there is no TV in any room. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy nature and participate in all kinds of sports activities such as cycling, diving, hiking, and walking.
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Skylodge Adventure Suites
At the top of the mountain in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, Peru, you can sleep like a true hiker in one of the three transparent capsules of the Skylodge Adventure Hotel. Each sleeping pod has blinds that can be adjusted and can accommodate up to twelve people. And of course, there is no WIFI. But be careful! Those who have altitude sickness could face problems, in conditions where you have to climb almost 400 mt to the capsule.
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Hotel Marques de Riscal, Spain
The Marques de Riscal Hotel is located in one of the famous winemaking regions called Elciego, Spain, and is dedicated to offering a memorable wine experience, luxurious accommodation, and a fine-dining experience. Inaugurated in 2006, the hotel has 61 luxury bedrooms and a very similar design to the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, which is not surprising given that it was designed by the same architect called Frank Gehry. Furthermore, the hotel has four restaurants including the Fine Dining Restaurant recognized by a Michelin star.
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