Facilities offering hospitality to travellers have been a feature of the earliest civilizations. In Greco-Roman culture hospitals for recuperation and rest were built at thermal baths. During the Middle Ages various religious orders at monasteries and abbeys would offer accommodation for travellers on the road. For a period of about 200 years from the mid-17th century, coaching inns served as a place for lodging for coach travelers (in other words, a roadhouse). Coaching inns stabled teams of horses for stagecoaches and mail coaches and replaced tired teams with fresh teams. Traditionally they were seven miles apart but this depended very much on the terrain. Here we see the world’s five amazing hotels,
Dog Bark Park Inn – Hotel for Dog Lovers:
Designed and built by Dennis J Sullivan & Frances Conklin as the World’s Biggest Beagle the bed and breakfast inn opened in August 2003. According to their Facebook page, the B&B proprietors ‘created Dog Bark Park as a venue to make, display and sell their chainsaw sculptures.’ They then decided to build the two big beagles, Sweet Willy and 12-foot-high Toby, ‘to add to the dog theme of their work.’ The dog lovers have said they chose the beagle for their architectural feat because it was a safe bet.’ It was the first breed of dog Dennis started carving 28 years ago and it remains a best-seller all this time,’
Das Park Hotel
The lap of luxury this is not: Das Park hotel features rooms crafted from 9.5-ton concrete drainage and sewage pipes. Toilets and showers are a short walk from your cylindrical accommodations.The beauty of these pipes is that their concrete utilitarian look needs little alteration to make them habitable – a coat of varnish is all that is necessary. The tubes have also have received wall paintings by the Austrian artist Thomas Latzel Ochoa to make them seem a little more user friendly. Each tube weighs 9,5 tonnes – so although some might be tempted to rock or vandalise them, they are incredibly robust and need little maintenance. More advanced lock and electronic keypad systems are being fitted in 2007, but the original concept is working very well. Like cave hotels, Das Park Hotel is fairly cool in the summer, and perhaps still warm in winter, although at the moment the hotel is only open from May to October.
ICEHOTEL is the world’s first and largest hotel built of snow and ice and it is situated in Jukkasjärvi, a small village in Northern Sweden with 1,100 residents and 1,000 dogs. Each winter, some 50,000 visitors from all over the world come to see ICEHOTEL to experience the tranquility, the northern lights and all of the activities offered in Europe’s last wilderness 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.ICEHOTEL covers 5,500 square meters and is constructed from 1,000 tonnes of Torne River ice and 30,000 tons of “snice”, a mixture of snow and ice that strengthens the structure. Around 100 people are involved in the construction of ICEHOTEL, half of which are artists especially invited to design particular areas of the hotel. The construction is a year-round process. Between March and April, 5,000 tons of ice is harvested from the Torne River and kept in cold storage during spring and summer. Construction takes place in November and December and the entire ICEHOTEL is then open between December and mid-April, when everything begins to slowly melt and return to the Torne River.
If you’ve ever wondered what it must be like to spend the night in an industrial dockside crane, there’s a unique hotel in Harlingen, the Netherlands, that you absolutely have to visit. The 0ne -room Crane Hotel may not be very spacious, but it allows tourists to operate the giant crane and spin 360 degrees for incredible views of their surroundings.The Crane Hotel’s operators recommend that you only pack a suitcase or soft bag if you value your space. Also, for safety reasons, only two people are allowed on the premises at the same time. A stay at the Crane Hotel in Harlingen will set you back $400 a night. It’s certainly not the cheapest hotel you can find, but it’s the only one that will let you play with your room, and that alone makes it all worth it.
Jules Undersea Lodge
This Place does exist. It is called : ” Jules Undersea Lodge ” inspired by The Jules Verne Books. Jules Verne was one of the most prophetic and fascinating authors of the nineteenth century. Though not a scientist by profession, Verne gained fame through his brilliant novels which seamlessly combined scientific knowledge with imaginative adventure fiction. By extrapolating on contemporary scientific knowledge, Verne predicted inventions decades before they would become reality, such as electric light, submarines, and rockets to the moon.Scuba certification is required for entrance as the front door is located 21 feet (6.4 m) under water.