Do you enjoy experiencing the extraordinary things in life and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone?  We’ve picked out the top five most unique hotels in the world that will enable you to do just that.  From sleeping up a 50metre high crane to sharing your breakfast with a giraffe – spending a night at any of these hotels will be a memorable experience. 


Golden Crown Levin Iglut, Finland

Spending a night in a glass igloo under the arctic sky is a magical experience. The idea for the Golden Crown hotel was conceptualized by the founder, Tauno Mäkelä, in a dream. He decided that he wanted to share the unforgettable view on the slope of Utsuvaara with others. All 18 glass igloos are located six miles from the resort town of Levi, and each of the igloo provides a kitchenette stocked, a large bath and a double bed with adjustable headrest for optimal viewing. In the warm luxurious igloo, you can appreciate the most unforgettable view of the coruscating dancing of the Northern lights in the sky above. 

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Hôtel de Glace, Canada

Have you ever imaged living in an ice world? Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel) will fulfill all your fantasies of living in an icy, picturesque fairyland. Almost everything you see and touch in the hotel is sculptured in ice and snow. The entire hotel is a masterpiece crafted by the best artisans in the world. Enter this astonishing ice world and gain some incredible experience with the ephemeral work of art.

Plus, it makes a great spot for weddings if you want a particularly memorable day!

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Faralda Crane Hotel, Netherlands

After six years of an intensive process of restoration, owner Edwin Kornmann Rudi turned an old, industrial crane into a unique, luxury hotel. The hotel only has three suites— “Mystique”, “Secret”, and “Free-Spirit”, with all three being located 50 meters high above the NDSM industrial wharf. Each suite is extravagantly furnished in different style and offers access to the extensive views of Amsterdam. On the top of the deck, the hotel also provides a Spa Pool, whereby guests can enjoy the view of Amsterdam while de-stressing in a luxurious pool. In addition, if you are more of a thrill-seeker, the Faralda Crane Hotel has its own bungee jumping facilities.

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Giraffe Manor, Kenya

Spending a night at Giraffe Manor is like walking into the film Out of Africa. As one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings, Giraffe Manor harks back to the 1930s when European visitors first started retreating here, to enjoy safaris and create lasting memories. Giraffe Manor is particularly famous for its friendly neighbours—a herd of Rothschild giraffes, who visit morning and evening and poke their long necks into the windows to ask people for a treat. If you’re looking to reconnect with nature and escape the hustle and bustle, dining with giraffes at Giraffe Manor may be the most fascinating hotel to put on your bucket list.

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The Manta Resort, Tanzania

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live under the sea? The Manta Resort has a special floating suite with an underwater room, where you can watch shoals of fish swim by in the crystal-clear waters. The floating suite is composed of three parts—the roof and sundeck, the below sea-level bedroom and the landing deck at sea. You can both enjoy the mystery of the ocean and appreciate the sublime open sky at the Manta Resort. You are left to your own devices to explore your new surroundings; a kayak, snorkel and fins will be provided, so be brave and get exploring.

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Life is too short to stay in our comfort zones. Book a trip to explore one of these mesmerizing hotels, scattered all over the globe, for a truly unforgettable trip.


Travel Money

Before heading away, make sure to sign up for your Caxton multi-currency card for safe, smart and stress-free travel.  You can load all your currencies onto one account – topping up on in advance or on the go. So, if you’re 50m above ground or sleeping underwater, you never have to worry about locating your travel money.