Discover and dream your way through our selection of stunning unusual and exciting hotels in locations all over the world revealed in High Definition.
North America Hotels
Free Spirit  
Spheres
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In the cult 1960s show, ‘The Prisoner’, a Machiavellian sphere would swallow you up if you tried to escape from The Village. Luckily, these spheres are not the tools of a creepy fascist state. Just look at them, suspended in a web of ropes in the fertile treetops. They wouldn’t …
Accommodation types: Capsule   Nature   Treehouse
Winvian  
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Stay in a cottage in a 113-acre holiday resort where serenity and natural environments pervade. It is right next to 4000 acres of forest which you can explore during your generous allocations of leisure time. Each cottage is themed. Choose to stay in the fairy-tale “Treehouse” or the “Music Cottage” …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Nature   Treehouse
Location: Morris  USA  North America
Kennedy  
School
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This elementary school was built in 1915 in a semi-remote location in Northeast Portland. One of the first rules installed for pupils and parents in the early years forbade the taking of pop shots at the rabbits from the moving streetcar. It closed its doors as a school in 1974 …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Portland  USA  North America
Dunton  
Hot Springs
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This town was founded in 1885 when Marty McFly arrived from the future looking for The Doc… hang on. Wrong review. Yes, this town was founded on the banks of the Dolores River in 1885, about half a mile from a mine where the townsfolk worked. It was always a …
Accommodation types: Nature   Traditional
Location: Dolores  USA  North America
The Jane  
Hotel
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In 1908 if you were a tired seadog taking a well-earned shore leave, you would stay in the Seaman's Relief Centre. Immature snickers aside, the building was built by the famous architect William A Boring and is a fine example of turn of the century neoclassicism. It once housed the …
Accommodation types: Capsule   Ghost   Traditional
Location: New York  USA  North America
Travaasa  
Austin
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This spa hotel is popular with locals and tourists alike. How about a stay in a Canyon Room? It has huge windows and balconies that overlook forests that explode and roll over the canyons and hills spraying birdsong in the clear morning. The ethos of Travassa is wellness and vibrant …
Accommodation types: Nature   Spa
Location: Austin  USA  North America
Rolling Huts  
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“Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, keep your wagon rollin” so the song goes, unless, that is, you’re staying in a special rolling hut. In which case, you will want to stay right where you are in Washington’s beautiful Methow Valley. The remarkably versatile wooden units were designed to be an alternative to …
Accommodation types: Design   Nature
Location: Winthrop  USA  North America
West Baden  
Springs
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Part of the hilariously named French Lick Resort, West Baden Springs is a hotel extravaganza. When it was opened in 1902, dumb-struck locals called it the ‘8th Wonder of the World’, and its mineral water baths were said to cure everything apart of credulity. In 1917, an incredible renovation saw …
Accommodation types: Castle   Luxury
Banff  
Springs
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Unusually for a luxury châteaux hotel out in the countryside, The Fairmont Hotel in Banff Springs was always designed as a hotel and has been housing paying guests since its creation in 1888. Apart from an unfortunate incident in 1926 involving a raging inferno and complete destruction, it has always …
Accommodation types: Castle   Luxury   Nature
Location: Banff  Canada  North America
Far Meadow  
Vintage Trailers
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The Vintage Trailor is one of a range of accommodation in the Sierra National Forest provided by the Far Meadow organization. As iconic as the VW Camper Van and as American as Mount Rushmore, the Silver Streak trailer was first manufactured in the 1950s and has gone through many redesigns …
Accommodation types: Nature   Remote   Trailer
Dog Bark  
Park Inn
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If the Ancient Greeks had decided to attack Troy using a giant dog rather than a horse it might have looked something like this. Husband and wife team, Dennis and Frances use chainsaws to carve folk-art wooden dogs and have done for the last 15 years. When their work was …
Accommodation types: Animal
Far Meadow  
A Frame
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The A-Frame is one of a range of accommodation in the Sierra National Forest provided by the Far Meadow organization. The woodland cabin is as American as apple pie (which was originally a British dish but hey, let’s not argue the toss). Traditionally, cabins were built in remote wooded areas …
Accommodation types: Nature   Remote
Sliding  
House
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So it’s an ultra-modern wooden cabin with views over the grand ocean waves by the famous Hirtle’s Beach. It may look like the sort of cube you would find in a toddler’s mouth but inside it is a triumph of eco-sensitive architecture and cutting edge ergonomics. It has caused considerable …
Accommodation types: Design   Nature
El Cosmico  
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A delightful slice of Americana that stays true to the native and Latino peoples that have been a part of life in Texas for centuries; El Cosmico is a rural retreat that features a range of accommodation. Traveling through centuries of human life, let’s start with the simple tent. Their …
Accommodation types: Trailer
Location: Marfa  USA  North America
Amangiri  
Villas
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‘The canyon wilderness, the hoodoo land of spire and pillar and pinnacle where no man lives’ is how transcendental anarchist author Edward Abbey described the landscape where Amangiri Villas sit; their sandstone walls blending perfectly into the desert setting. The architecture is simple and modern, with large glass windows drawing …
Accommodation types: Desert   Luxury   Nature
Location: Kanab  USA  North America
Argonaut  
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Blessed by the Goddess Hera, Jason and his team of Argonauts boarded a vessel bound for mystical lands… hang on… wrong review. Yes, the Argonaut Hotel does not have anything to do with golden fleeces or reanimated skeletons. Well - that’s disappointing. Actually, the name refers to the first citizens …
Accommodation types: Design
King Pacific  
Lodge
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Rainforests, they’re not just for tropical countries. There’s one in Canada too. Twenty-one million acres of it. There, you will find King Pacific, one of the new breeds of ‘eco-lodges’. Developers worked closely with local First Nation tribes in order to support the local economy. As a result, you can …
Accommodation types: Floating   Nature   Remote
Ottawa Jail  
Hostel
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The central location makes this hostel a perfect base for exploring Canada’s historic capital city and the nearby Great Lakes. The hostel is located in the converted Carleton County Gaol that used to house death-row inmates. Since opening to guests in 1972, there have been reports of ghosts and spooky …
Accommodation types: Hostel   Jail
Location: Ottawa  Canada  North America
Queen Mary  
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All the pomp and grandeur of the Titanic without any of that silliness with icebergs; the Queen Mary has had a long and prosperous career with no (fingers crossed) bad renditions of ‘My Heart Will Go On’ yet. Beginning life in the 1930s, it was built in Scotland and became …
Accommodation types: Boat   Museum
Library  
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Located in the heart of Manhattan, the Library Hotel is one of New York’s most unique locations. Each room is numbered according to the Dewey Decimal System (which is the system libraries use to organize their collection using numbers to label each book) and themed according to one of ten …
Accommodation types: Design   Luxury
Location: New York  USA  North America