Weird hotel spotting

Last updated 12:18 27/07/2012

As it may already be clear, I'm all about the photo opportunity.

Anything a bit out of the ordinary, I'm certain that I'm going to need a picture to remember it by.

It's funny because in ordinary circumstances I'm not that keen to be caught on camera, but send me overseas and suddenly I'm calling for my closeup. Any movie site, famous place, dressed-up character, cute street, restaurant, laundromat, or teepee we've come across, you can bet I've refused to move until Nathan has captured the moment.

Those poster boards where you stick your head through the hole and rest it on the cartoon body are gold, and I've kicked a number of kids off them so I can have a turn (particularly embarrassing when my head doesn't actually fit through the hole).

Visiting places with strange names is a guaranteed photo shoot on the side of the road, our trip to Hell specifically designed for that, and unusual hotels fill the same purpose.

Bizarre accommodation was such an exciting prospect to me that I originally tried to plan our US trip around visiting some of those places. However, when I went in hunt of wacky and wonderful hotels, I realised that, location-wise, that was not going to work out.

The only one I've actually made it to is The Jane in New York's West Village. The hotel is entirely ship-themed, with staff in costume and rooms shaped (and sized) like ship cabins. There were bunk bed rooms to provide accommodation for couples, and I was all set to go with that option until I heard about the Captain's Cabin. Unable to resist the urge to be in charge, we upgraded. 

This place wasn't just novelty either, it had the history to go with the story. It's been around since 1908, was the place where the Titanic survivors stayed during the inquest into the ship's sinking, and was where surviving crew members held a memorial service four days after the disaster.

While the history is cool, it is not the main thing I'm after with crazy accommodation - like I said, it's the photos. Among the most hilarious I've come across is the Dog Bark Inn, a hotel in Idaho that is a two-story Beagle-shaped hotel - apparently with a giant hydrant-shaped restroom. There is also an under-the-sea hotel in Florida, a cave hotel in New Mexico, and a converted jail in Boston that is conveniently called Liberty Hotel.

Outside the US I've heard of heaps of other amazing ones. I've always wanted to stay at one of those treehouse hotels in Thailand, and at least see that capsule hotel in Tokyo. During my internet wanderings I came across this German hotel, Propeller Island City Lodge, which has a variety of strange concept rooms, including one with a slanted roof to make it seem as though the bed is flying, and another with coffin beds.

Has anyone stayed at one of these places? Don't you want to?

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Jonty PT   #1   12:37 pm Jul 27 2012

No - too busy finding cheap accommodation (!) to have the luxury of particularly interesting places. Did you actually stay at The Shining hotel? I saw your picture there...

Anita Samson   #2   12:40 pm Jul 27 2012

Ahh yes, I can't resist photo opportunities at the cut-out poster boards either (even if they're sometimes a bit naff!) The ship hotel: I'm half intrigued, but also half-suspicious they're just trying to dress up tiny rooms by selling them as ship cabins!

Where to next, Amelia?

Jackson   #3   12:44 pm Jul 27 2012

Nothing a bit of clever marketing can't solve, eh! The under-the-sea one made me laugh - some very cheesy photos in there. Not sure I'd be keen for a coffin bed, though. Just seems a bit morbid; maybe even a bit grave... :)

Niri Tacen   #4   01:21 pm Jul 27 2012

I don't like rooms that have large fixed mirrors facing the bed. I'm always suspicious that there's a camera behind them, or some seedy person with a box of tissues and a jar of Vaseline.

There's no way I could sleep in the room like the one pictured. I'd like awake all night thinking I could see the glow of a little red LED behind the mirror...

michaela   #5   04:14 pm Jul 27 2012

yeah I make my boyfriend take heaps of photos when we are away lol. Kinda agree with @Niri,that mirror looks a bit dodgey! Love the vaseline call... or is it a wardrobe? enjoyin the blog generally though......

AJ   #6   04:16 pm Jul 27 2012

Would have so got a photo in the Kenny poster board!!!

Damale   #7   07:10 pm Jul 27 2012

I particularly like the sound of The Jane in New York. Was it priced reasonably enough to consider staying there, or were they charging a huge amount just because of the nautical theme?

jaynine6   #8   12:57 am Jul 28 2012

There is this cool site http://www.unusualhotelsoftheworld.com that lists of these weird and cool places to stay. Looks like I might have a few to check off on my list!

Amelia Romanos   #9   06:02 am Jul 28 2012

@ Jonty PT #1 We stopped off at the hotel before driving into the Rocky Mountain National Park for the day. Sadly missed out on doing a ghost tour. @ Anita Samson #2 Thanks for being such a committed reader, great to have someone contributing to the blog so regularly! We've just left the US and will be in Iceland for the next week. @ Damale #7 One of the most fabulous things about The Jane is that it is TOTALLY affordable. Although it is in West Village, a really trendy area, you can stay there for about $US99 a night - from what we saw, in New York that is unbelievable.

Sally   #10   10:35 am Jul 28 2012

Just spent 20mins browsing the photos of Propeller Island.. hmm.. ha ha!


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