World’s strangest hotels

Forget bricks and mortar, these hotels are made of way stranger materials. If you’ve ever dreamed of living in a sand castle as a child, or perhaps somewhere even cooler, these hotels were designed for you. Some of the weirdest hotels you can stay in, they’re certainly not for the unadventurous.

Hotel Palacio de Sal
Located on the edge of the world’s largest salt flats, the Great Salar de Uyuni, the Hotel Palacio de Sal is made entirely of salt. With 16 rooms, a sauna, steam room and golf course, the hotel uses 1million blocks of salt to construct everything from the walls to the furniture – including the beds! The real question is, however, will a night here harden your arteries?

The Iglu-Dorf Hotel
Searching for the coolest hotel in the world? Then look no further. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be an eskimo, the Iglu-Dorf Hotel in Switzerland is your answer. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, each village is made of snow and ice, with the hotel featuring a bar, restaurant, and wellness centre. With sleeping bags designed to keep you cosy, and a Jacuzzi, you’ll even get a nice warm cup of tea with your wakeup call.

Zand Hotel
If you ever wished you could live inside the sand castles you built at the beach, the Zand Hotel in The Netherlands turns that desire into a reality. Consisting of two pop up hotels to celebrate the sand sculpture festival, every wall is covered in sand and each room comes complete with its own sand sculpture. The only slight concern is the whole sand in the bed issue…

Would you stay at any of these unique hotels? What’s the strangest hotel you’ve ever stayed at?


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A regular travel contributor to YLC, SJ’s travel low point was buying a Beijing guidebook for her visit to Thailand in 2007. Thankfully her geography has improved since then.

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