10 most unique cube hotels around the world

10 most unique cube hotels around the world
Cube hotels have grown in popularity, as they are usually situated in picturesque locations and have first-class amenities.
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What's so interesting about cube hotels? You may ask.

The concept of the cube hotel first emerged in Spain, and has grown in popularity in recent years to many corners of the world. Each hotel room usually occupies a cubic block and is typically situated in a picturesque location, boasting panoramic views with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Here are some of the pioneers in cutting-edge design and architecture of cube-hotels, according to hotel comparison website Trivago.

Consolación, Monroyo, Spain

Situated in the small village of Monroyo, between Barcelona and Valencia, this boutique hotel offers 11 separate cube structures, each equipped with bathtubs, hanging cast-iron fireplaces, private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Matarraña countryside.

Built in 2003, the main hotel building itself is housed within a 17th century church and consists of a library, a lounge and a locally-sourced restaurant.

Treehotel, Harads, Sweden

Located in the heart of the Swedish Lapland, Treehotel is renowned for its Mirrorcube, a mirror-covered hotel room suspended in the air and almost invisible among the treetops. It consists of six tree houses and guests can opt to sleep in a range of structures, from the Bird's Nest to the UFO.

Numerous outdoor activities are available include kayaking, fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, dog-sledding, and catching the Northern Lights.

Longitude 131˚, Ayers Rock, Australia

The property features a selection of 15 luxurious tents within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, famed for the iconic Ayers Rock. Each elevated room contains glass walls with remote-controlled blinds, ensuite bathrooms, king beds, wireless internet and iPads.

Guests can dine under the stars at Table 131˚, which offers three courses of traditional outback fare and Australian wines, accompanied by the didgeridoo and traditional Aboriginal dance.

Viura, Eskuernaga, Spain

Nestled in the Rioja region and famed for its wine of the same name, Viura is an ideal destination to sample wine from the surrounding vineyards and wineries. Its futuristic, asymmetrical cubes offer rooms with excellent features including a private terrace, underfloor heating in the toilet, and Blu-ray players.

Guests may want to explore the neighbouring 16th Century San Andree Church, try the traditional sport of Basque pelota or hike and cycle in the shadow of the Sierra de Cantabria mountain range.

Casa de la Flora, Khao Lak, Thailand

Situated in Thailand's popular Phuket province and on the beachfront between the Khao Lok rainforest and the Andaman Sea, the establishment is home to 36 cube-shaped villas furnished in concrete, stone, glass and teak wood. Each villa has a private pool and sunbathing deck.

Guests are recommended to check in to the Spa de La Flora, featuring innovative treatments such as the Casa Touch of Tad Si (a traditional Thai massage incorporating acupressure and herbal compress treatments).

St. Martins Lane, London, UK

This property offers floor-to-ceiling windows and the external appearance of a vibrant Rubik's Cube due to interactive light installations inside each guest room. Conveniently located between Covent Garden and Leicester Square, each room features Malin+Goetz amenities and a media hub with USB, Bluetooth, HDMI and LAN capabilities.

Various design influences are evident throughout, from the tall, revolving yellow-glass entrance doors, to the popular Light Bar and the innovative Asia de Cuba restaurant, blending Latin and Asian cuisine.

Iebua Lodge at Amer, Jaipur, India

The 40 cubic structures at Iebua Lodge at Amer are based on traditional Indian nomadic tents. Each tent boasts almost 50 square meters of space, a private garden and floor-to-ceiling windows.

This unique resort is situated adjacent to Jaipur's renowned Amer or Amber Fort, named due to its colour and famed for its artistic style of Hindu elements.

Aire de Bárdenas, Tudela, Spain

Situated within the Bárdenas Reales Natural Park, a 150 square mile semi-desert biosphere reserve, the hotel features cubic blocks and guests rooms equipped with private terraces and outdoor jacuzzis.

Vegetarians will love the hotel's restaurant, which focuses on vegetables locally sourced from the Navarre region.

Sleepbox, Moscow, Russia

No feature on cube hotels would be complete without mentioning the increasingly popular capsule-style hotel room, typically housed within a cube and containing all the bare necessities at a bargain price. Sleepbox offers free Wi-Fi, LED televisions, noise-insulated walls and a lobby with a wall of iPads for guest use, all from £50 (US$76.90) per night.

The first of its kind in Moscow, it is conveniently located within a three minute walk from Belorusskiy train station and a ten minute metro ride from the Kremlin.

Indigo, Birmingham, UK

Housed inside the aptly named Cube building in Birmingham, Hotel Indigo has a cube theme throughout, from the external appearance of the building to the interior decor.

Inside the building guests also have the option to relax in an exclusive members-only health club and spa or dine in style at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, boasting seasonal produce, an extensive wine cellar and panoramic views of the city.

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