If you’re tired of the same old hotel experiences, you can find some interesting and even bizarre alternatives. You may have to open your mind and expand your idea of what a “hotel” is, but it can be worth it. Here are five of the most interesting and unusual hotels in the U.S.
Many people visit the Florida Keys to be near the water, but this Key Largo hotel gives you the chance to live underwater. While there are other hotels that are built under water, this is one of the few that requires guests to actually dive to their lodgings. The only catch is that you have to be SCUBA certified to visit this lodge. If you’re not a certified diver, however, you can become certified right on the premises! Jules Undersea Lodge also offers a variety of educational programs about marine life.
For the most part, if you want to stay somewhere near big cats such as tigers, leopards and lions, you’d have to travel to Africa. At Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, however, gives you the chance to do this in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. This is an animal refuge that specializes in rescuing big cats and a few other animals, such as bears. You can take a tour of the refuge or you can actually stay here. They have several types of accommodations, including safari-themed rooms and a treehouse bungalow. During the day you can take a tour, take part in educational programs and animal feedings.
If caves fascinate you, you should consider staying at this underground dwelling in Farmington, New Mexico. This is a house built right into the cliffs of the beautiful Tertiary Ojo Alama sandstone. Guests are 70 feet below the surface. In this case, being in a cave doesn’t mean being in a dark environment with no view of the world, however. There are actually amazing views of the La Plata River Valley. Sunsets are especially magnificent from this vantage point. The rooms have all of the amenities of a typical hotel and there’s even a Jacuzzi. Climate control, however, is provided by nature as temperatures remain within a comfortable range of 68 and 73. The B & B is closed from December through February.
This is an actual working lighthouse in Cape Cove, Oregon that doubles as a bed and breakfast. This lighthouse, which was built in the late 1800s, has six bedrooms with antique furnishings, wood-burning fireplaces and queen size beds. You have bathtubs and showers and a kitchen as well. Of course, the most impressive feature is that you’ll have an unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean all day long. The lighthouse beams its light more than 20 miles out to sea, so there are also amazing views at night.
This hotel in Cottonwood, Idaho is a dog lover’s paradise. The structure is in the shape of a huge Beagle. Guests enter the dog’s “body” from a deck on the second floor. As you might expect, everything about this inn is canine-themed, from the furniture to the bedding. The owners are accomplished chainsaw artists and the inn is full of their carvings. You can also purchase some of these unique works of art at the gift shop. While staying here, you can enjoy exploring the famous Lewis and Clark Trail, which runs right through inn’s property.
These are a few of America’s unique hotels that can provide a fun and memorable travel experience. Staying at a hotel or bed and breakfast in an unusual location or with a special theme allows you to indulge some of your travel fantasies and experience a different way of life for a few days.