5 quirky hotels that are literally destinations of their own

Whether you are a frequent jetsetter or not, staying in an unfamiliar place has a novelty that never seems to wear off.

Instead of checking in to regular hotels when you are on the go, why not opt for a quirky twist instead?

Check out these unusual stays around the world:

1. Book and Bed, Japan

 

Calling all book lovers!

Ever dreamt of curling up with a hot cup of cocoa and an engaging book during your holidays?

A cosy hotel in Tokyo, Japan lets you do just that. Billed as an accommodation bookshop on its website, Book and Bed is a bookstore fitted with capsule beds behind bookshelves.

Unlike most hotels though, the bookshop is quick to point out that they don't provide comfortable mattresses, fluffy pillows or blankets - only a wide range of books.

Recently, the hostel opened another branch in Japan's cultural enclave of Kyoto, with the addition of an exclusive new bar selling local beers. The Kyoto branch boasts of 5,000 over books in English and Japanese. 

Check out pictures of the new space: 

Getting there: Tokyo

Getting there: Kyoto

2. Harlingen Harbour Crane, The Netherlands

Forget skyscrapers. You can literally live the high-life in an industrial crane in Amsterdam.

The dockside crane which sits in the seaside town of Harlingen, was converted into a luxury stay for two in 2003.

While the crane still retains its industrial façade, the interior has been thoughtfully renovated with a comfortable double bed, a shower cabin and television. The room may be small but large panelled windows offer stunning views of the seaside.

There's even an observation deck where guests can lounge at.

If you're bored of facing the same view, you can even manoeuvre the crane 360 degrees all by yourself!

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3. The Sala Silvermine Hotel, Sweden

Step into the world's deepest hotel room 155m below the ground.

The historic Sala Silvermine in Sweden is an old industrial mine which begin operations in the 15th century. As the industry petered out in the 1960s, the mine and its surrounding settlements were soon converted to a cultural enclave.

The hotel even has a popular underground suite which can only be accessed by a lift shaft. The room is so exclusive that there is no mobile signal, and guests can only communicate with the reception via a personal intercom.

The underground suite is dressed luxuriously in tones of black and silver. Candles and chandeliers illuminate the otherwise dark interior.

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4. Propeller Island City Lodge, Germany

If you've always wondered how it's like to live in an art installation, you can sure find out in this unusual Berlin hotel created by German artist Lars Stoschen.

The Propeller Island City Lodge comprises 31 rooms, with their own unique spin on the wild, the weird and the utterly bizarre.

Guests can choose to sleep on a revolving bed complete with suspended gears, wind down in an upside down room under the floorboards or "rest in peace" in a coffin.

According to the hotel's website, the unique décor aims to showcase various realities and provoke different perceptions.

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See also: Old buses, trains and a ship get new life as hotels

5. The Mirror Cube, Sweden

Minimalistic, simple and invisible. That's what the suites in The Tree Hotel strive to be.

The Mirror Cube is one such suite which blends into the leafy foliage of the Swedish forest. Glass-panelled walls mirror the woody surroundings, rendering it pretty much invisible - tricky to get back to if you're on a drunken revel. 

While the "floating structure" looks aesthetically pleasing - when you spot it - the creators also thoughtfully included an infrared film visible only to birds to prevent them from colliding into the structures.

The unique mirror treehouse is one of the many features at The Tree Hotel, which also offers a UFO themed room and one that resembles a large bird nest.

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debwong@sph.com.sg