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Unusual hotel stays around the world

LONDON, April 6 — A hotel for train enthusiasts, sleep in a grounded jumbo jet in Sweden, or on a boat floating along the Venetian canal are among some of the accommodations pitched as destinations worth the journey in and of themselves.

The Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai stands out for its unique shape. — Picture courtesy of Hotels.comThe Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai stands out for its unique shape. — Picture courtesy of Hotels.comIn its list of unique sleeping experiences Hotels.com singled out properties around the world which the site deems to be as memorable as the trip itself.

Featherbed Railroad Company, in Nice, California, for instance, was named for indulging boyish, childhood dreams. Guests have the choice between nine railway cabooses with themes that range from the Orient Express, the Wild Wild West, and Casablanca.

Jumbo Stay in Sweden also indulges a traveller’s fantasies of joining the mile-high club with all the accoutrements of a plane, but on terra firma.

Preserved in its vintage 1970s state, guests stay in one of 25 rooms — one of which includes the cockpit.

Sarah Cruise also offers couples the chance to spend the night on the Venetian canal, while Capsule Hotel and Sauna Cosmo Plaza Akabane in Tokyo offers guests an authentic Japanese experience.

Often used by busy Japanese commuters who need a place to crash overnight, travellers crawl into the futuristic, pod-like capsules, not unlike those seen in the Bruce Willis film “The Fifth Element” on an intergalactic cruise ship.

Here are other hotel destinations singled out by Hotels.com:

Hotel im Wasserturm, Cologne, Germany

Guests at the Hotel Im Wasserturm stay in a historic German landmark, the biggest water tower of the 1880s.

Madonna Inn Resort & Spa, San Luis Obispo, California

Rooms at the Madonna Inn take on a wide range of themes which include everything from Antique Cars, Crystal Room, Fabulous Fifties, Jungle Rock and Safari.

Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Shaped like a sail standing erect in the desert, the building has become an instantly recognisable landmark in the city and offers extravagant accommodations and experiences for the deep-pocketed.

Dream Cave Pension, Goreme, Turkey

This property capitalises on the area’s natural rock formations, building rooms out of the region’s fairy chimneys. — AFP-Relaxnews

 

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