Around the World: Unusually Creative Hotels

When my husband and I are choosing a vacation destination we are seeking a way to have fun, relax, see new things, and have a memorable experience. What if your hotel alone could give you all that and more?

This list of unique hotels go above and beyond the normal boutique or bed and breakfast experience. The whole concept of these unusual accommodations is to give their guests an experience that they couldn't get anywhere else.

We often pick our destinations based on where we want to go and what type of vacation we want and then look for accommodations as an afterthought. I have to say that after doing this research and bookmarking so many incredible places I may re-think how I travel and choose my destination by the hotel from now on.

Here are 7 hotels that I would travel to just to stay in:

1. Hotel Fox in Denmark has 61 rooms, 21 artists and 1,000 ideas. "Each room is an individual piece of art - from wacky comical styles to strict graphic design, from fantastic street art and Japanese Manga to simply spaced out fantasies. You will find flowers, fairytales, friendly monsters, dreaming creatures, secrets vaults and more." I am seriously going to go here for a week and stay in a different room each night.

2. The Treehotel in Sweden allows their guests to live in harmony with nature amongst the trees. Each treehouse is designed by a different architect with different visions. There are currently six rooms completed with twenty more to come and each one is more jaw-dropping than the next.

3. Arte Luise Kunsthotle in Berlin is known as "a gallery where you can spend the night." Each of the 48 rooms was designed by a renowned artist and gives you an incredible, otherworldly experience.

4. Poseidon is in Figi. The rooms of this underwater resort rest 40 feet below the surface of the waves in a room made out of acrylic glass. For a mere $15,000 a week this is something I'm never gonna be able to do, but I like the idea that it's out there anyway.

5. Propeller Island City Lodge in the heart of Berlin is a habitable work of art. Each room was created by the German artist Lars Stroschen to challenge the guests senses and emotions.

6. Hôtel de Glace in Québec is entirely made out of ice and snow. This ice palace is rebuilt with a new design each winter. January 6, 2012 will mark its 12th year.

7. dasparkhotel in Austria was created by artist Andreas Straus who wanted to create a minimal and economical lodging place for travelers. The personal pod suites are located in a public park next to the Danube and provide the basic essentials one needs for a good night's sleep.

8. Hotel Kakslauttanen in Finland has log cabins and snow igloos as well as some unbelievable glass igloos that provide a one of a kind opportunity to view the northern lights and millions of stars in a crystal clear sky.

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Alysha is a photographer and designer living in Seattle who loves dark chocolate, tea, and all things furry. In her spare time you'll find her with paint in her hair renovating her 1919 Craftsman and sharing the process on her blog Old House New Tricks.

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