DALLAS – Anyone can stay in a traditional hotel room. However, for travelers who want the room itself to be part of the vacation experience, here are five of quirkiest hotels. Don’t let their attributes fool you – despite having accommodations that on the surface may sound unusual, these hotels are lavish, comfortable and beautifully unique.
Coziest Cave Hotel: Cappadocia Cave Suites Boutique Hotel
Location: Goreme, Turkey
The Details: 4.5 stars; From $120
Live like Byzantine period cave people…if cave people had Jacuzzis, cozy beds, televisions and all the luxuries of the 21st century. Etched within Goreme caves, one of the most beautiful and characteristic destinations of the Cappadocia region, the Cappadocia Cave Suites Boutique Hotel combines houses and cave dwellings of the fairy chimneys and fantastic colorful shapes of the landscape. Local fare is served up in the hotel restaurant, and a panoramic view of the city greets guests as they arrive. For the perfect confluence of modern luxuries with historic living space, the cave suites provide the special touch a Turkish vacation calls for.
Smartest Hotel: Library Hotel
Location: New York, New York
The Details: 4.4 stars; From $299
Fashioned from a landmark 1900 brick and terra cotta structure, this boutique treasure has been beautifully restored into a small luxury New York City hotel. An oasis of modern elegance, the Library Hotel in New York and its attentive staff provide a thought provoking experience to sophisticated Midtown Manhattan leisure and business travelers with a passion for culture and individual expression. Each of the ten guest room floors at the Library Hotel in New York City are dedicated to one of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System: Social Sciences, Literature, Languages, History, Math & Science, General Knowledge, Technology, Philosophy, The Arts and Religion.
“Planest” Hotel: Jumbo Stay
Location: Arlanda, Sweden
The Details: 1.5 Stars; From $52
For the most convenient airport hotel in Sweden, guests need not leave the tarmac. Jumbo Stay is a retired jet that holds 27 guest rooms with either garden or courtyard views. Complimentary wireless Internet, complimentary breakfast and 24-inch flat-panel televisions equipped with satellite channels provide all of the luxuries of a hotel in a building instead of a former aircraft. Although the quarters are tight, the price is right and there is no sleeping in uncomfortable airplane seats – beds with pillow-top mattresses and premium bedding means guests will be sleeping on clouds – just not seeing them.
Sexiest Hotel Suite: Palms Hotel, Hugh Hefner Suite
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
The Details: Four star; From $59 – Hefner Suite from $40,000
A full bar, a private Jacuzzi with sweeping Las Vegas views, private gym, rotating bed with mirrored ceiling and a fireplace almost seems like a bargain at $40,000 per night. Over 250 guests can party and sleep comfortably in this two-floor bachelor pad featuring the Playboy Jacuzzi pool with a glass wall overlooking the Strip, poker table, media room, terrace, private glass elevator, pop-up plasma TVs, and a private gym with sauna/spa treatment room.
“Naughtiest” Hotel: The Liberty Hotel
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
The Details: 4.5 Stars; From $299
Formerly the Charles Street Jail, The Liberty Hotel (a National Historical Landmark,) retains the original granite work and cupola built in 1851. The street-level entrance, redesigned by Alexandra Champalimaud, leads to the atrium and reception area through a narrow passage featuring mahogany stained walls. Escalators, embellished by tile mosaics of people once imprisoned at the jail, lead to the central 90-foot atrium. Catwalks provide access to guest and meeting rooms located in the adjacent guest tower. Alabi serves cocktails and features preserved jail cells, barred windows, original stonework and an outdoor patio. CLINK Restaurant provides an upscale seasonal menu from Executive Chef Joseph Margate, while Scampo features Italian fare from chef Lydia Shire.