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The World's Coolest Hotels

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by Mihaela Schwartz (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and an avid traveler.
Published July 15th 2014
Underwater, in the desert or in a rock?
Why do people travel? Sometimes they want to visit historical sites, other times their goal is to enjoy natural wonders; some take beach holidays, others prefer to explore the mountains during their getaways. The hotels are usually just a place where to lie down and have a shower before beginning a new day full of adventures. However, this is not always true. The hotel can sometimes become the travel goal all by itself either because they offer top notch accommodation services or because they are really strange. Here are some of the world's strangest hotel concepts:

Jules' Undersea Lodge

Most hotels accommodate any customer, but in order to be able to spend your holiday at Jules' Undersea Lodge, you must be a certified scuba diver because you need to put on your equipment in order to get to your room, which is located about 6.5 meters below sea level in the Emerald Lagoon of Key Largo. A former laboratory research, the first and, so far, only underwater hotel in the world has two bedrooms, a family room, a fully equipped and stored kitchen, TV and round windows of 105 cm in diameter allowing visitors to admire the coral reefs and marine life around them.

Cappadocia
Cappadocia @Shutterstock

Kelebek Hotel

If you want to experience the rock-carved hotel, you should book your stay in Cappadocia. This region's cliffy landscape provides guests with an out of this world sensation. Over the centuries, people have carved their dwellings right into the rock. The "Butterfly" hotel has several rooms in the caves and a genuine antique chapel.

Playa Blanco

Located in the southwest of Bolivia, Salar de Uyni is the world's largest salt desert. The glittering surface that once formed a lake seems endless. Until recently, only the salt miners and some species of birds were present in the area. This fabulous place lacked a hotel to accommodate travellers who wanted to admire the beauty of the salty region. In order to build the Playa Blanco, developers have used the only material available in the area: salt. The whole structure is composed of salt blocks assembled with salt. The hotel houses a bar as well as an outdoor swimming pool.

Hotel Marques de Riscal
Hotel Marques de Riscal @Shutterstock

Hotel Marques de Riscal

Housed by an architectural marvel whose design is signed by the Canadian-American architect Frank Owen Gehry, Hotel Marques de Riscal is located in the Spanish region Rioja, worldwide famous for its wineries. This futuristic building with tilted walls and curved windows features many contemporary design audacities. The visitors of what is the probably the world's coolest hotel are spoiled with top notch services, great scenery, amazing wine and luxury facilities, including mineral water spa treatments.
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