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There are many different hotels and resorts around the world, however, not all offer a unique and bizarre setting. Many of these hotels offer unique sleeping quarters in some of the world’s most beautiful settings. Some of these strange and bizarre hotels include those made out of ice, a dog, a boot, sewage pipes or those that are set up high in the trees. Each of these locations is odd, but offer a fun vacation experience that guests can go home and share with friends and family. Chances are no one they know has ever stayed in a hotel as bizarre as the ones below.
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Treehotel
Edeforsvagen 2A
960 24
Harads, Sweden
+46 928 80 05 15
www.treehotel.se

The Treehotel in Sweden is one of those hotels that still give you the comfort of hotel accommodations while putting you right in the heart of nature. This hotel is set in the forest of the Lule River Valley and is just a short walk from the Bodtraskan River and the Harads Village. The treerooms of the hotel were designed with a contemporary touch in an unspoiled nature setting, allowing guests to forget about their everyday lives back home in the city. The uniquely designed accommodations include The Cabin, The Mirrorcube, The UFO, The Blue Cone and Bird’s Nest. The accommodations are just as unique as the hotel’s overall theme.

Activities offered at the Treehotel include guided tours of the hotel, hike through the Korgen Natural Preserve, pine tree forest walks, mountain biking, white water paddle adventures, sea kayaking and zip lining. You can also kick back and relax in the tree sauna after a long day of exploring. These are just a few of the many interesting activities and things to see when staying at the Treehotel in Sweden.

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The Dog Bark Park Inn
2421 U.S. 95 Business
Cottonwood, ID 83522
(208) 962-3647
www.dogbarkparkinn.com

Dog lovers must make plans to visit The Dog Bark Park Inn in Idaho. This unique bed and breakfast is owned by husband-wife chainsaw artists and sleeps four guests inside a 12-foot beagle. The money the couple earned selling their chainsaw dog creations on QVC was devoted to developing a unique place for guests to visit. Not only is this inn pet-themed, it is also very pet-friendly. So even the fur babies can go on a vacation getaway. Guests visiting the Dog Bark Park Inn will be able to see a variety of folk-art style wooden carvings, including some of the more than 60 different breeds of dogs they create for customers.

Guests staying at the Dog Bark Park Inn will be treated to an expansive continental breakfast. This self-serve breakfast features everyone’s favorite grab-and-go breakfast foods and the owner’s secret recipe for The Prairie’s Best Fruited Granola. Accommodations include a queen bed and two twin fold out side-by-side futons in the loft. Other amenities include a microwave, full bath, small refrigerator, coffee maker and an assortment of books, games and puzzles. Lodging is only available at the Dog Bark Park Inn from April through October.

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Icehotel
Marknadsvagen 63
981 91
Jukkasjarvi, Sweden
+46 (0) 980 668 00
www.icehotel.com

Every November, ice from the frozen Torne River is fused with the snow to remake the themed suites for the Icehotel in Sweden. Jukkasjarvi, Sweden was the location for the world’s first Icehotel when it opened back in 1989. There are a total of 55 rooms at the hotel for guests looking for a unique, winter-themed getaway. The Icehotel is more than just a hotel — it is a work of art. All of the walls, floors and ceilings are canvases of designers from a variety of different creative disciplines. Every year, these artists come to create their works of art before the hotel melts in the spring.

The Icehotel is located just 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle and is nestled on the bank of one of the cleanest waters in all of Europe. The environment and surrounding nature is what makes the Icehotel the experience it is. Since 2008, the company has been working to build and rebuild rooms using energy-saving schemes that help reduce electricity, heating and water usage by hotel staff and guests. Because this is a seasonal hotel, the Icehotel is only open for business from mid-December through mid-April.

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Das Park Hotel
Rodlstrabe 21
4100
Ottensheim, Austria
+43 650 8415850
www.dasparkhotel.net

Who would have thought that old sewage pipes would make for comfortable accommodations? The designers of Das Park Hotel in Linz, Austria did when they came up with the idea to renovate old sewage pipes. Luckily for the guests, they are cleaned out and turned into functional rooms set on the banks of the Danube.

Accommodations are accessible through a digital keypad that is set with a code provided by the self-service website upon booking the room. The walls are decorated with paintings by Austrian artist Thomas Latzel Ochoa, which makes the rooms feel a little less cold and more welcoming. The concrete of the sewage pipes helps keep the rooms cool during the summer months. The hotel is only open seasonally from May to October.

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The Boot Bed’n’Breakfast
320 Aporo Road
Tasman, Nelson 7152
New Zealand
+64 3-526 6742
www.jesterhouse.co.nz

Who would have thought a boot would make for a romantic getaway in New Zealand? Well, in fact, it does. Many couples looking for a romantic getaway find themselves staying at The Boot Bed’n’Breakfast, which is located in the Tasman region of the country. This quaint bed and breakfast gives couples a relaxing fairy tale experience like no other hotel in the world can. Not only can couples relax in comfort of their own hotel boot, they can also enjoy the many things to see and do in the surrounding area. Some surrounding activities include relaxing at the beach, exploring the Abel Tasman National Park, visiting wineries and galleries, golfing and sightseeing in the city of Nelson and other quaint neighboring villages.

The Boot is a stand-alone cottage offering a lounge with a comfy couch and open fire, a kitchenette, tiled bathroom and a bedroom with a queen-sized bed and darkening curtains. Out in the courtyard, guests will find a sheltered space with a fragrant garden. This is the perfect setting to enjoy breakfast or evening dessert.

Pack your bags and enjoy time away at one of the above listed hotels. These hotels not only offer a unique accommodation experience, they also offer fun activities that are themed to create a unique vacation experience. You are sure to have something to talk about with your friends and family upon your return home.

Heather Landon (Heather Leigh Carroll) is a freelance writer with more than 20 years of experience. She has combined two of her passions – writing and travel – to share her experiences with others. You can read more of her articles at Examiner.com.

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