5 unique hotel designs you should check out

Author: Samuel Dunsiger

Traditional hotels may be the norm, but increasingly more hotels are sprucing things up with quirky and unusual designs to give guests memorable experiences.

From ice suites to dog-shaped hotels to underwater rooms, we’ve identified some of the most unusual accommodations around the world. Here’s a quick guide to the most unique places to stay.

Jumbo Stay Hotel

This gives frequent flying a whole new meaning. Located in Stockholm, Sweden, the Jumbo Stay Hotel sits inside a decommissioned airplane. You heard that right: an airplane. The Jumbo Stay Hotel converted a retired Boeing 457 jumbo jet into its 33-room hotel to give guests an experience they’ll never forget.

Dog Bark Park Inn

Designed with dog lovers in mind, the Dog Bark Park Inn in Cottonwood, Idaho isn’t just a bed and breakfast, but also the world’s biggest beagle. Guests enter the body of the giant dog through a balcony. The dog’s head houses a loft bedroom and an alcove within the muzzle, with a toilet disguised as a fire hydrant.

Hotel de Glace

Known as Quebec City’s ice hotel, the Hotel de Glace is too cool for comfort, literally. This hotel, made entirely of ice, combines spectacular ice sculpting with immaculate lighting. With rooms ranging from modern igloos to ice-sculpted suites, it brings eternal winter to life.

Manta Resort

Have you ever wanted to explore an underwater hotel? This is your chance. The Manta Resort on Pemba Island in Zanzibar is partially submerged underwater, giving guests a taste of the marine life. The first floor sits below the surface, allowing you to sleep with colorful reef fish passing through.


Located in Harads, Sweden (yes, there are lots of unique hotels in Sweden!), the Treehotel gives guests the chance to experience the wildlife. From a bird’s nest to a mirrored cube, these habitats are designed to blend in with their surroundings and give guests a taste of the forest of Harads.

What are some unique hotel designs and themes that you’ve seen? We would love to hear from you!