Hotels as adventures – different type of travel

Travellers are a lot more demanding these days. In the times when categorization is no longer possible (or needed) and when all attention gets focused on whatever is new and different, we started changing our outlook on vacation. It’s still not hard to be original but, you can always exceed expectations.

Have you ever wanted to do something way different, try something uncommon, something you have never done before? Have you ever thought about hotel stays as adventures?

We all know about boutique hotels and themed hotels…that’s not it. More and more people are opening hotels in unusual places and it’s becoming rapidly popular.

You are familiar with

castles turning into hotels (they have been that way for years in Europe; some located in: Austria, Slovenia, Italy, France, Spain…) as well as

historic buildings like monasteries, churches and train stations (located in: Sweden, France, Ireland, Norway, UK, Italy, The Netherlands,Turkey, Belgium, Spain, Hungary…)

It seams like everything can turned into a hotel…and the crazier, the better!

lighthouses (The Netherlands, Norway…)


tree houses (Sweden, Germany, Turkey)

Woodpecker hotel, Sweden

caves (Sweden, France, Turkey)


they can even be found in forests (Sweden)


underwater or floating (Turkey, Sweden, The Netherlands, Switzerland)

Utter Inn, Sweden

made from ice (Switzerland, Andorra, Sweden, Finland)


as prisons (Sweden, Slovenia)

Langholmen, Sweden

or inside planes and trains (The Netherlands, Sweden, UK)

Jumbo hostel, Sweden

even inside pipes in parks :D

Daspark hotel, Austria

As you can see, Scandinavia is at the leading edge at the moment. In my opinion, some ideas are quite interesting…why not change the way we look at accommodation and travel. If it can be more fun, more exciting, and if you are up for it, you already have a good choice. It’s definitely changes the concept of travel and adventure…

Are you up for this kind of adventure?

Stella – European Travelling Advisor

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3 Responses to “Hotels as adventures – different type of travel”

  1. February 16, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Hi Stella .. I loved the idea about the different places to stay .. the avant garde ideas out there .. once I get travelling again – another area to consider. Some I’d heard of .. others are more way out .. & of course there are the safari camps in South Africa, Botswana & beach huts on the Namibian coast .. all different ..

    Excellent – thanks – Hilary: Be Positive Be Happy

  2. 2 Stella Stopfer
    February 17, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Hi Hilary,

    that would be fantastic! Ans as far as there examples up here, I’d be up for staying at a lighthouse or in an ice hotel. Exciting!

    Thanks for adding to the post,

    Stella – European Travelling Advisor

  3. 3 joolsstone
    July 4, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Hi there

    Great post! Just goes to show what you can find with a little imagination. I’ve stayed in a gorgeous converted train carriage just outside St Andrews, see http://www.theoldstation.co.uk/



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