Strange hotels

In what is not a first time compilation a recent issue of the Sydney Morning Herald lists some of the world's strangest hotels. The paper's choice includes the predictably named Cruise Hotel in Rotterdam, a refit of an old cruise ship with most of the rooms remade from the ship's cabin filled days; the Capsule Hotel which can move from one location to another (currently in The Hague) was originally designed as escape pods for oil rig workers; the Jumbo Hostel which this blog commented on earlier in February and a caboose converted into a cabin in DeSoto, Wisconsin.

Other sites have previously compiled lists of strange hotels including this one whose list includes tree houses in Masinagudi, Tamilnadu, India and the Woodpecker hotel, so named because it is "one of the smallest in the world, with lodging facilities for one person or a couple!".


Forbestraveler has also listed "Oddball hotels" that include Ngong House another tree-house hotel located in the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya and the Kube hotel in Paris, a 41-room hotel that features guest rooms that are angular, white and accented with brightly
colored furniture and opaque night tables that resemble ice cubes; a
fingerprint scan opens their door". The latter probably got its inspiration from the folks at DHS, the agency which instituted biometrics for visitors to the US and is probably likely to be just as popular.

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Vijay Dandapani

Co-founder and president of a New York based hotel company for 24 years. Grew the firm to five hotels in Manhattan and also developed a greenfield project at MacArthur airport, New York. Speaker at numerous prestigious forums including Economy Hotels World Asia, Lodging Conference, NYU, Columbia University Real Estate Roundtable, Baruch College's Zicklin School and ALIS. President and ceo of New York City Hotel Association since January 2017.