Best Crazy Inns: Winivan, Icehotel & 3 More

Best Crazy Inns: Winivan, Icehotel & 3 More

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Maxwell Ryan
Apr 10, 2015
From $459 per night

Inspired by all of your Airstream comments yesterday, I decided to feature a list of cool getaway inns and hotels that are lovely and atypical - with vehicles or non-homelike features. This luxe cottage up top is at Winivan, a boutique resort/inn in Litchfield Hill, Connecticut. This cottage, one of 19, consists of a fully-restored 1968 Sikorsky Sea King Pelican HH3F helicopter inside a small barn. As they put it: "Take your cocktails in the cockpit, watch a film in the fuselage, relax by a glowing woodstove, and sleep in the cloud-soft king-sized bed outside the helicopter." What's not to like?? More pics below...

(Image credit: Winivan)

This amazing Coast Guard chopper stands at the center of a unique cottage, its rotor blades embedded in the ceiling (flights of fancy only!). The originals are here: pilot and co-pilot seats, switches, gauges – with modern updates such as a mod sofa and flat screen TV. .


(Image credit: The Shady Dell)
(Image credit: The Shady Dell)

At the Shady Dell in Bisbee, Arizona, 9 lovingly restored 1950's travel trailer's are prepared to house you in luxury and mid century style for the night. This one is my favorite: "Step inside Airfloat’s “Flagship” model and into Las Vegas circa 1957. This enormous trailer was the pinnacle of elegance and amenities in travel trailers in the 1950’s. Sit back and listen to the Rat Pack on an original phonograph."


(Image credit: Winivan)

Not your typical treehouse. This two story suite lives 35 feet above the forest floor in Connecticut: "Treehouse is a childhood fantasy turned grown-up haven. It’s like climbing into a wonderful, well-kept secret, a place of vivid colors and eclectic angles. The first floor bedroom has a king-sized bed, a gas fireplace, steam shower and Jacuzzi. The second floor lounge has a wood-burning fireplace, a queen-sized sleeper sofa, a full bar and grand, treetop views of the New England forest below."


(Image credit: Jumbo Stay)
(Image credit: Jumbo Stay)

Outside of Stockholm airport, this huge decommissioned Boeing 457 has been turned into a hostel. Most of the rooms have shared amenities (hence "hostel") but the cockpit is the Bridal Suite with its own bathroom and sweeping views of the airport: "After stripping the plane of its 450 chairs, the former Pan-Am aircraft now boasts 33 different rooms as well as a luxury suite for those who want to make their stay even more memorable."


(Image credit: Hotel Arctic)

If you're ever in Greenland, these igloo rooms are in the northernmost 4 star hotel in the world, the Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat. Situated right on the Ilulissat Ice Fjord, a UNESCO world heritage site, these rooms are only habitable from May to September. You can move around a cool 360 degree view right here.


(Image credit: The Ice Hotel)
(Image credit: The Ice Hotel)

Founded in 1989 in northern Sweden, The ICEHotel is an annual winter happening. Only open from December til March, there are about 65 rooms, some of which are made entirely out of carved ice: "It’s an art exhibition and hotel made of natural ice and snow from one of Europe’s last wild rivers, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle."


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