Thursday, November 26, 2009

Weir hotel around the world, you must love it to stay there

Ninemsn World's Weir Hotels Hotels mostly come in a fairly standard rectangular box shape. But that's not exciting enough for some people: they clearly won't accept the ordinary, and have made their hotels, hostels and guesthouses look absolutely ridiculous.

Where? Stockholm, Sweden

Taking the concept of the airport hotel to its logical conclusion is the new Jumbo Hostel outside Stockholm's Arlanda airport. Owner Oscar Dios has bought a Boeing 747, gutted it and turned it into accommodation. The premium rooms are in the cockpit, but there are 85 beds in total. Oscar now plans on turning the Jumbo Hostel concept into a chain.

A tall ship

Where? Stockholm, Sweden

Competing with the Jumbo Hostel for gimmicky transport-themed accommodation in the Swedish capital is Af Chapman. The old-style ship has previously been called into service as a post office and a place to store firewood, but it has now been turned into a novelty hostel.

Situated on its own island, the cabins have been turned into dorms, although some of them have been restored to the original style. It's a bit like being on a cruise, without the moving part.

A giant dog

Where? Cottonwood, Idaho, United States
Who cares if it's in the middle of nowhere — anyone who doesn't want to stay at the Dog Bark Park Inn has got something seriously wrong with them. It was built by a pair of chainsaw artists with a bit of a soft spot for beagles.
They decided to work on a piece of art which was slightly bigger than the norm, and ended up with a big dog. They put beds inside, furnished it, put steps on the other side and — ta da — the silliest looking hotel in the world was born.

A drainpipe

Where? Ottensheim, Austria

Situated in a picturesque location in a park by the River Danube, Dasparkhotel is essentially a few concrete drainpipes in the middle of a park. Each has a double bed shunted into it, and guests are also provided with blankets and a power point. For other amenities — including the toilet — a walk across the park is required.

The other odd thing is that there's no cost — guests are asked to donate whatever they thought the accommodation was worth.

A railway carriage

Where: Petworth, West Sussex, England

The Old Railway Station in Petworth has been closed for a long time, but instead of knocking it down and putting something else there, it has been converted into a hotel. Most of the railway paraphernalia remains, including the old signs, and the whole place is a bit of a time warp.

The best rooms are those in the old Pullman carriages, which sit next to the station.

A crane

Where: Harlingen, Netherlands

What to the outsider looks like an ordinary crane by the harbour is actually a luxury hotel — for just two people. The crane has been fitted with a lift, and the interior of the cabin has been turned into a plush abode with all the creature comforts. There's a double shower, designer furniture and a DVD player.

But that probably won't interest the boys, as this is still a working crane and it is possible to swing it around using the controls in the bedroom.

A boot

Where: Tasman, New Zealand

Remember the rubbish old fairy story about an old woman who lived in a shoe? Well the chaps at The Boot Bed and Breakfast clearly thought that was a splendid idea.

They've gone about creating a boot-shaped guesthouse, and have somehow managed to squeeze the rooms, showers and amenities around the curves of the old shoe. It's hardly the most luxurious accommodation in the world, but you have to admire the fact they ignored everyone telling them that it was a stupid idea and built it anyway.

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