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The 100 Most Amazing, Unique, and Beautiful Hotels In The World

On 05, Dec 2012 | 67 Comments | In For Your Entertainment, Travel Ideas, Travel Resources | By Jacqueline Boss

You may have enjoyed looking through the 100 Most Beautiful Places In The World, and the overwhelmingly positive reactions I’ve gotten from that post have encouraged me to create this list of the 100 most amazing, unique, and beautiful hotels in the world.

Also see the 100 Most Beautiful Places in the World and the 50 Greatest Festivals in the World.

I’ve used my discretion to choose what I think are the most wonderful and amazing hotels- which means that some of the more famous “unusual” hotels are omitted from this list because they are downright ugly and I don’t see why anybody would want to stay in them. And there is no concept art- if it doesn’t exist, it is not on this list. This is a list of 100 beautiful, quality, unique hotels that anyone would love to visit on a special occasion. The list is in no particular order.

1) Whitepod Hotel, Switzerland

An eco-luxury alpine escape for adventure seekers. Website

2) Attrap Reves, France

This extraordinary bubble hotel lets you sleep comfortably but still feel like a part of nature and the night sky. Website

3) The Caves Resort, Jamaica

A luxurious oceanfront resort built into the cliffs. Website

4) Hotel de Glace, Canada

A magical hotel intricately sculpted from ice. Website

5) Magic Mountain Lodge, Chile

A strange place for eco tourists to feel close to nature. Website

6) Singita Sweni, South Africa

One of the many luxurious game reserves in southern Africa. Website

 7) Sala Silvermine, Sweden

An underground hotel with a few unique guest rooms. Website

8) Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji

An underwater resort. Although it is up and running, I can’t seem to find a single photograph- so you get concept art instead. If I’m buying into a hoax, let me know. Website

9) Iglu Dorf, Switzerland

Spend the night in a cozy igloo in a winter wonderland. Website

10) The Atomium, Brussels

This strange structure provides an escape from everyday life and is an experiment in communal living. Website

11) Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania

Another gorgeous safari lodge in Africa that puts you close to nature. Website

12) The Oberoi, India

Staying in this gorgeous hotel will make you feel like royalty. Website

13) Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

A stunning luxury resort in a tropical paradise, with private infinity pools. Website

14) Ice Hotel, Sweden

Staying in the largest ice hotel in the world is like living inside a diamond. Website

15) Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, Finland

A magnificent  winter wonderland with bold colors and luxurious accommodations. Website

16) Juvet Landscape Hotel, Norway

Located in the heart of a fairytale forest, each room has at least one wall of glass and overlooks the dramatic scenery. Website

17) Nhow Berlin, Germany

A vibrant and colorful hotel dedicated to celebrating music. Website

18) Amangiri Resort, Utah, USA

A luxurious hotel designed to blend into the desert landscape. Website

19) Viceroy Hotel, Bali

A stunning hotel in paradise with an amazing view. Website

20) Sorrisniva Iglo Hotel, Norway

Another magical ice dwelling for the adventure seekers. Website

21) Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel, Bali

Where each room comes with a private infinity pool hanging over an island jungle paradise. Website

22) The Mirrorcube Tree House Hotel, Sweden

Stunning rooms of glass hang nearly invisibly among the trees of a winter landscape. Website

23) Hotel Villa Honegg, Switzerland

Comes with an amazing view of the Swiss Alps from a steamy infinity pool. Website

24) Fairy Chimney Hotel, Turkey

Hotel built into an alien landscape. Website

25) Atholl Palace Hotel, Scotland

A majestic castle hotel overlooking the highlands. Website

26) Barin Ski Resort, Iran

A futuristic resort with modern comforts. Website unknown

27) Air Hotel, Belgium

Whimsical hotel rooms built off the ground are an exciting place to spend the night. Website unkown

28) Koija Star Beds, Kenya

Part of a larger resort, these star beds are a truly unique way to spend a night under the stars. Website

29) Jade Screen Hotel, China

A hotel built into the mind bogglingly beautiful cliffs of China. Website unkown

30) Orient Express Safari Camp, Botswana

Yet another gorgeous and luxurious game camp in southern Africa. Webstite

31) Propeller Island City Lodge, Germany

Many themed rooms provide a unique atmosphere without being too kitschy like other theme hotels; this is the amazing mirror room. Website

32) Free Spirit Spheres, Canada

Spherical tree houses constructed like boats hang among the foliage. Website

33) Quinta Real Zacatecas, Mexico

Built around an old bullring and updated to be grand and elegant. Website

34) Hotel Endemico, Mexico

The setting and comfort of these little rooms packs a surprising punch for the size. Website

35) Tree House Point, Washington, USA

Little cabins in the canopy provide an upgraded wilderness experience. Website

36) Aurora Express, Alaska, USA

The train converted to a hotel retains some old school elegance without being too corny. Website

37) Kolarbyn, Sweden

Traditional forest huts in the woods, like little fairy houses. Website

38) Eco Camp Patagonia, Chile

These cozy and comfortable domes are an eco-friendly place to stay in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Website

39) Hotel Jested, Czech Republic

A strange and tough structure built atop the mountains. Website unknown

40) Hotel Puerta America, Spain

Stay in one of the many exotic and futuristic rooms at this unique hotel. Website unkown

41) One by the Five Hotel Paris, France

One room superbly decorated for a romantic couple’s experience. Website

42) Crazy Bear Hotel, United Kingdom

There is a fine line between extravagant and kitsch, but this hotel is go big or go home. And it looks awesome. Website

43) Katikies Hotel, Santorini, Greece

Stunning white walls built into the cliffs overlooking the sea provide an luxurious and exotic escape. Website

44) Seven Hotel, Paris, France

This gorgeous hotel is sleek, modern, and mysterious. Website

45) Jumbo Stay, Sweden

A Boeing 747 turned hotel provides a unique, but rather cramped, hotel experience. Website

46) FantaSuite Hotel, Minnesota, USA

A hotel with various strangely themed rooms, seems a little on the lower quality side but still fun. Website unknown

47) Cabanes Als Arbres, Spain

Another fun and comfy treehouse hotel with a spectacular view of the forest. Website

48) Locanda Rosa Rosae Inn, Italy

This very romantic inn considers all the details and provides a luxurious, back-to-basics hideaway. Website

49) Kasbah Du Toubkal Hotel, Morocco

The colorful architectural flair of Morocco comes through in this luxurious hotel set amongst the highest mountain peaks of North Africa. Website

50) Hotel Antumalal, Chile

This luxurious hotel plays with rich textures and colors for a comfortable experience in lush private gardens. Website

51) Marrakech Hotel, Morocco

One of the most beautiful, colorful, and luxurious hotels in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Website unkown

52) Saguaro Hotel, California, USA

This hotel is colorful and vibrant, inside and out, and is an exciting place to stay in an exciting town. Website

53) Wanderlust Hotel, Singapore

This hotel has themed rooms, but they are pretty epic and unique, and seem to remain high-quality rather than kitschy. Website

54) Hotel Missoni, Scotland

This hotel has a sleek and modern style all its own, with bold and vibrant colors and decor. Website

55) W Retreat & Spa, Puerto Rico

This hotel is exquisitely detailed and uniquely designed for an exotic getaway. Website

56) Hotel Areias do Seixo, Portugal

A super classy, sleek, and bold hotel for luxury seekers. Website

57) Sofitel So Bangkok, Thailand

A stunning and bold hotel with rich modern comforts. Website

58) Citizen M Hotel, England

This vibrant and quirky hotel focuses on what is new and stylish. Website

59) Buqshan Hotel, Yemen

A colorful hotel in an arid landscape. Website unknown

60) Taj Lake Palace, India

A majestic hotel in the middle of a lake, with an air of royalty. Website

61) Adrere Amellal Ecolodge, Egypt

A simple but fun setting built into the natural environment. Website

62) Klapsons Hotel, Singapore

A futuristic, bright, and sensory hotel designed to provide guests with a unique experience. Website

63) Grotta Palazzese Hotel, Italy

A spectacular hotel carved into a cave on the Mediterranean Sea. Website

64) Monte Bianco, Italy

A hotel precariously perched on the mountainside. Website unknown

65) Hotel Costa Verde 727 Fuselage, Costa Rica

This old plane-turned-hotel is perched in the trees as if it crash landed there, and actually provides a surprisingly nice experience for guests. Website

66) Yellow Submarine Hotel, England

A neat little hotel on water with a trippy interior. Website unknown

67) Hotel Parador de Ronda, Spain

A former town hall on the edge of a gorge provides an epic view. Website

68) Yankee Ferry, New Jersey, USA

An old ferry converted into a wacky hotel. Website unknown

69) Giraffe Manor, Kenya

Where the giraffes stick their necks through the windows and eat dinner with you. Website

70) New Hotel, Greece

The design is modern and vibrant, but strange and quirky. Website

71) Burj Al Arab, Dubai

The iconic and futuristic hotel has quickly become a Dubai landmark. Website

72) Cocoa Island Hotel, Maldives

The famous boat hotel in paradise. Website

73) Hotel Marques de Riscal, Spain

Whimsical, curvy architecture and bright colors make this hotel an iconic part of the landscape. Website

74) Boscolo Exedra, Italy

A modern luxury hotel that transports you to another world. Website

75) El Cosmico Hotel, Texas

Renovated RV’s , teepees and yurts provide an artistic place to spend the night. Website

76) Llandudno Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast, Wales

A picturesque setting and old-world elegance in a lighthouse. Website

77) La Claustra, Switzerland

An underground hotel with a cool, mysterious atmosphere. Website unknown

78) Chalet White Pearl, France

A rich and luxurious chalet with all the expensive amenities. Website

79) Museumotel, France

The fact that it is a motel should give you an idea about the quality, but the shape is unique and it looks cool from the outside. Website

80) Hang Nga Guesthouse, Vietnam

The exterior is what earns this place a spot on the list, but from the few pictures I’ve seen, the interior seems hideous. Website

81) Palacio de Sal, Bolivia

Located in the strange salt flats, this hotel is entirely made of salt. What it lacks in style it makes up for in creative use of resources. Website

82) Jules Undersea Lodge, Florida, USA

Terribly ugly and cramped, this place makes the list for a great concept- it is the first underwater hotel. You have to scuba dive to get in. Website

83) Marataba, South Africa

An ultra-luxurious game resort in the middle of the African wilderness. Website

84) 25 Hours Hotel, Germany

A playful and unique hotel with whimsical decorations. Website

85) Una Vittoria, Italy

This hotel mixes old Italian art and tradition with modern style for a completely unique experience. Website

86) Hotel Everland, France

A one-room hotel in Paris with vibrant colors, sleek curves, and an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower. Website

87) Earthship Biotecture, New Mexico, USA

Spend some time in this sustainable structure and feel closer to nature and the plants that grow inside. Website

88) La Balade des Gnomes, Belgium

Jump right into a fairytale at this strange and intricate bed and breakfast. Website

89) Utter Inn, Sweden

This hotel, while cramped and unpleasant, makes the list because it is half underwater, and underwater is where you sleep. Website

90) Huvafen Fushi Resort, Maldives

This hotel makes the list mainly for its stunning tropical location and attention to details- who doesn’t want sparkle lights in their swimming pool? Website

91) Hotel Sidi Driss, Tunisia

While not a very pretty hotel, it makes the list simply because part of Star Wars was filmed here. Nice. Website unknown

92) Hotel Le Moulin du Roc, France

Lounge in this charming hideaway among lush foliage. Website

93) Grand Daddy Hotel, South Africa

This rooftop trailer park was made sheik and stylish with modern designs. Website

94) Golden Nugget, Las Vegas, USA

Cool features like an indoor water slide through a shark tank land this hotel on the list. Website

95) Hotel Au Vieux Panier, France

A very interesting and artistic hotel, where each room has its own cool design. Website

96) Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

A hotel with an awesome infinity pool looking over the skyline. Website

97) Marriot, Shanghai

Sleek, dark, and futuristic. Website

98) La Rosa Campsite Extraordinaire, United Kingdom

Not exactly luxurious, but definitely interesting- spend the night in a gypsy wagon or circus tent. Website

99) Barcelo Raval Hotel, Spain

This bold designer hotel is go big or go home. Website

100) Arte Luise Kunsthotel, Germany

A super unique and artistic hotel with many differently styled rooms. This one doesn’t even seem real. Website



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  1. Ingrid

    I’ve been to the visitor’s center at the Giraffe Lodge in Kenya. Very cool place:)

    • Jacqueline Boss

      Woh that’s awesome! You’ve been to more of them then I have them. Score: Nini 1, Jacqueline 0.

      • Ingrid

        Well, chances are you’ll get to more of them in the future than I will;)

  2. A night in such an igloo is recommendable for everyone. Definitely an experience the be experienced. Also the included fondue, the snow and the hot tub was a fantastic experience. But surely the large experience is the peace and quiet in an igloo… Here are some more good photos of Igloo Dorf Hotel of Germany:

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  4. The Atomium in Brussels is not a hotel, but a museum of sorts. You could rent parts for events, but not to stay overnight I think…

    • Aha – but you can stay overnight. There is a childrens pod. Booked for school visits overnight.

  5. Hi, can someone not print a book of this and the 100 most beautiful and breathtaking places in the world, i want to buy one!

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  6. Soem of these hotels are to die for and cute! :)

  7. I have been to all of them!!!
    The bill is terrible though
    TOO MUCH MONEY!!!!!!!!

  8. I do like the underwater ones
    and the classy hotels

  9. Some are stupid and others are amazballs

  10. Some are perfect to have religion in

    • maybe personally i bet so becoz they look more ancient than you can think

  11. Have u considered inserting Heritance Tea Factory Sri Lanka to the list? Only factory hotel in the world…

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  14. Anonymous

    haha i’ve been to none

    iwonder how those people don’t get scared when they’re riding throught the shark tank. I would be

  15. Laura

    unfortunately the Poseidon hotel in Fiji is yet to exist. It was planned to be finished many years ago but still not even one update, more can be read here:

  16. Darren

    It would be nice to see prices too!
    Been to no.54 which was different, but ok.

  17. Carrie

    There is a place in Pennsylvanis in Amish country where you can stay in train cars. Very outdated, but kiddos loved it.

  18. What a fantastic post! THANK YOU for doing the research and piecing this together. I’m feeling very inspired and excited to travel!!! I’ve actually been the Cost Rica destination. 1 down, 99 left. So many places, so little time.

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  20. You should add this to the list. Their luxury vintage Royal suites date back to 1919 and the old world charm combined with the sea and mountain view is breath taking.

  21. Shane

    A lot of your photos are for different hotels than the ones you mention

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    Really cool selection! Really inspiring!
    I usually use plaforms like NIghtNIght to find cool hotels, and they’d better have a look at your list!

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    Great list! Consider adding the Madonna Inn in Cali. Each room is thematically decorated, the restaurant, bar, and waterfall urinal are other fun features of the property. The hotel is in the heart of wine country and a fun spot to come back after a day of wine tasting.

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