Accommodation With A Difference

Our Selection of accommodation with a bit of the 'something different'.
They range in 'star rating' from 0 to 5+ and costs from 'cheap as chips' to 'take out a second mortgage'.
Some you may want to stay at, other you might choose to sip a coffee and absorb some of the character.

The Dorchester London

Classic landmark from the pages of spy novels

Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore

Extraordinary engineering. Infinity pool to die for, but do have a head for hights!

La Residence Vietnam

Art Deco from colonial times, restored to splendor.

Adabco Hotel Adelaide

Venetian Gothic Style building of the 19th Century

Takarakka Bush Resort
Carnarvon Gorge Queensland

Location Location Location. Permanent safari style tent rooms, or campsite if you have your own accommodation.

Georgian B&B Richmond Tasmania

In Richmond Tasmania a unique traditional hosted Bed and Breakfast accommodation, Mrs. Curries B & B is a heritage listed property c 1820's,

Hotel Fort Canning Singapore

Some serious history attached to this hotel. Great location!

Songsam Resort Shangri-la

You hear the word Nirvana quite often. Some would sya you are that much closer if you stay at this hotel. Yes one of those pictures shows this writer and he wants to go back!

Storm Bay B & B Tasmania

Commanding views over Storm Bay from hillside position. Great deck for breaky, or sundowners. Modern building. Good base to explore Port Arthur.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Vietnam

Great location 1925 Art Deco and oozing history!

Bangkok Tree House

Something different with this 'green' hotel in crowded Bangkok. Not for everyone, but we like it!

Muang La Resort Laos

Spend some time in a remote part of Nth Laos next to traditional villages. Small resort that you could, with a few friends, book out entirely.

Zanzibar Villas
With a sound Ecological basis.

4 Rivers Lodge Cambodia

Like a rare butterfly, Cambodia has emerged from a troubled past to show off its beauty. Good start with their opening words! Hopefully more local beer is consumed rather than imported European brands considered 'trendy'. Nice place and well reviewed.

 

Topas Eco Lodge Vietnam

They claim 'probably the best view in the world'. One of the better would be more realistic. Certainly an imposing position. A very good attempt to minimise impact.

Aviation and Aircraft themed Accommodation

Oil Rig Hotel and Dive Centre
Borneo

Railway themed hotel accommodation

Underwater Hotels and Accommodation



Eco Lodge
Aircraft Guidance Tower Panama

Sweden
Ice Hotel

After a hard day of dog sledding and river rafting, it is good to know that you can come back to your cosy minus eight degree’s hotel room which is made completely out of ice. For a truly unique experience, stay at the Icehotel in Jukkasjarvi.

Taj Lake Palace
India

Marbled walls, a private boat transfer, waking up to the view of the world’s oldest fold mountains...Staying a couple of nights in India’s former royal palace, Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, is set to rejuvenate even the most stressful. Guests not only get to experience staying in luxury in the middle of Lake Pichola, but can also visit three surrounding islands as well as the temples on mainland Udaipur.

Cairns
Australia

For the eco friendly who are looking to rekindle their inner child, The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses and Wildlife Sanctuary, Queensland, Australia, is just the place to stay. Treehouses built into the rainforest canopy in the Cairns Highlands provides guests with the utmost privacy and breathtaking experience, whilst the spa bath and balcony overlooking the countryside takes care of all your relaxation needs.

England

The oldest documented building in Beaconsfield,  a fifteenth century coaching inn, has been meticulously restored  and elaborately designed to provide dramatic architecture and uncompromised luxury. With rooms draped in velvet and gold, adorned with animal heads and in-room bath tubs, Crazy Bear in Beaconsfield, United Kingdom is sure to keep your eyes dancing for the entirety of the stay

Turkey

If you want to get back to basics, then the Akköy Evleri Cave Hotel in the mountain village of Akköy, Cappadocia will let you do just that: stay in the luxurious stone houses that are carved into volcanic rock formations.

Flinders Island   Tasmania
Australia

The Healing Dreams Retreat is situated in a stunning environment on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Very comfortable accommodation is complimented with great food (organic produce). There is wonderful hiking and a range of 'spa and wellness' components. Most are the tried a true massage, exercise and yoga types, but there are a couple of 'treatments' on offer which possibly add a bit to 'wooo' factor'. Yes this editor is a paid up member of the skeptics society. Overall this has to be one of the best located retreats in the world.

Kangaroo Island
Wilderness Resort
Australia

Kangaroo Island is Australia's third largest Island located 16 km off the coast of South Australia. Brimming with wildlife, Kangaroo Island offers an intimate experience with the Australian wilderness; hand feed a Tammar Wallaby, paddle with Sea-lions or stroke a Koala amid the idyllic backdrop of beaches and bushland. Nature lovers and walkers alike will regale in this ‘zoo without walls’ that has been likened to the Galapagos Islands with its natural charm.

Perfectly situated, the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat is the only accommodation complex adjacent to the entrance of the Flinders Chase National Park - the most popular destination on the Island - discreetly nestled amongst 113 acres of beautiful rustic scenery.

Mexico

If you are after a thrill without having to add the words ‘death defying experience’ to your travel diary, then why not stay at the Quinta Real Zacatecas, Mexico, a hotel built into the grandstand of a former bullfighting ring.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Bed In for peace hotel room
Montreal Canada

For music history buffs this is the room to stay in if you visit Montreal and you can afford more than a backpacker or motel chain budget! This is also where the song, 'Give Peace a Chance' was recorded.

King George V Hotel Paris

If you want to enter the world of Parisian style design and location you can't pass by the King George V Hotel.

At the upper end of the budget scale you will be rewarded with a fairytale experience, not only related to the rooms, but to the floral displays maintained by the American expatriate Jeff Latham, dubbed "The Rock and Roll Florist for his rebel style" It seems this man has boldly gone where no florist has gone before.

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New Zealand

Birders Rest is located on the outskirts of Kerikeri in the Far North of New Zealand in a scenic riverside setting. It has 2 self-contained units, one double and one twin; both have en suite bathroom, small kitchenette and access to sunny rear deck, garden and swimming pool.

As the name implies, they have a keen interest in New Zealand’s birds and a specialty is the night tour to see North Island Brown Kiwi.

Hard Days Night Hotel
Liverpool

A 'Fab Four' star Liverpool hotel. Hard Days Night Hotel is the worlds only Beatles inspired hotel, combining the highest quality facilities in a truly unique environment. Located at the heart of Liverpool's 'Beatles Quarter' offering luxurious  accommodation and exclusive event space with a twist. Housed in the magnificent Grade II listed Central Buildings, dating back to 1884, the beautifully restored hotel is steeped in history.

All 110 rooms are individually designed around the contours of the original building and elegantly furnished with specially commissioned Beatles-inspired artwork adorning the walls.

The hotel's restaurant  Blake's, named after the celebrated Sergeant Pepper album cover and artist Sir Peter Blake, serves up a range of classic British dishes along with home cooked favourites. Bar Four offers guests a high-end destination cocktail bar, open to all who enjoy that little extra.

Sitting adjacent to the world famous Cavern Club where the Beatles rose to fame, and an array of the city's famous Beatles landmarks, the hotel not only offers the perfect getaway for visitors, but is much loved by art lovers, music lovers, and food lovers alike.

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

A modern, spectacular hotel with a 'top deck' that is hard to beat - in a modern city environment that is.

Radisson Blue Hotel Berlin
Now this hotel offers something to consider!

AquaDom -- Berlin, Germany
The glass-walled lobby elevator at  is actually encircled by the world's largest cylindrical aquarium (100ft), home to over 50 species of fish and marine wildlife. This might be the only place in the world where you can get seasickness and vertigo at the same time!

 

Nothofagus Hotel & Spa

A tree house hotel, like no other in a nature reserve in Chile! Here Middle Earth and Hogwarts seem to have copulated!

The Scribe Hotel Paris

150 years of history and art of living have made Hotel Scribe a veritable repository of Paris memory. Built in 1861 as part of the new Opera district designed by Baron Haussmann, Hotel Scribe was immediately chosen to be the home of the prestigious Jockey Club, whose members were the elite of French and European society under the Second Empire. Today, the hotel conserves the memory of that era, along with that of the countless personalities who shaped its renown, such as the Duke de Morny, the Prince of Sagan, Marcel Proust, Serge Diaghilev, Josephine Baker and Lee Miller. Lee Miller being the most recognised female (there were not many females) war correspondent and photographer of WW2

Spitbank 18th Century Fort

Here you can experience the thrill of sleeping in real military barracks without the thrill of getting shot by real bullets, Britain's Spitbank Fort underwent a million ound makeover and is now a luxury boutique hotel with nine suites and a rooftop Jacuzzi and bar.

Built in 1878 to defend Britain from a French invasion after Napoleon III assumed power, remember they still had vivid memories of the Napoleonic wars in the early 1800's Spitbank housed 150 soldiers and cannon to match. It was attacked by the Nazis during World War II and remained in the service of the Queen until being decommissioned by the Ministry of Defense in 1982.

L'Hotel Paris

Where Oscar Wilde lived and died

 

Some examples Featured with a bit more detail

Boat and Breakfast.

Annapolis Well you have heard of 'Bed & Breakfast' try 'Boat and Breakfast'! Prime position on the historical Annapolis Waterfront in Maryland USA and you can enjoy a bed with real nautical character!
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Scrumptious breakfast outside overlooking Annapolis Harbor

 

Invercauld Estate Scotland

Invercauld Estate is located in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park , often known as Royal Deeside. The Estate Office is located near to the village of Braemar. The land has been in the ownership of the Farquharson family for many centuries and extends to approximately 200 square miles of spectacular scenery. The Estate is managed commercially but with great respect for the natural environment.

Properties are rented out for self catering holiday accommodation, set in stunning scenery overlooking the River Dee. A number of holiday cottages, shops and other commercial premises are rented out on a long term basis. For further information, please contact the Estate Office.

As well as our holiday cottages we are world renowned for grouse shoots, deer stalking and salmon fishing. The native Caledonian Scots Pine provides the backdrop for rolling heather covered mountains leading up to a number of Munros. Walks are truly abundant for anyone staying at one of our holiday cottages and Invercauld caters for the aspects of walkers. This offers the chance to be amongst some of the country's finest scenery and also the chance to view some of the more elusive birds and animals including eagles, red squirrels, ptarmigan, red and roe deer.

 

Hotel with Worlds Largest Collection of Gin!

In 2012 an adjudicator from the Guinness Book of Records counted the 161 differently labeled Gin bottles. The hotel was then presented with an official Guinness World Record Certificate stating that it had the largest collection of Gin!

They have Gin from all over the world including a circa 1950 Italian Vincenzi which sells for GBP225  a bottle, and a Sir Robert Burnett’s 1960 White Satin London Distilled Dry Gin that despite its very-British sounding name actually comes from Kentucky in the USA and is GBP19.50 a glass.

You can try the hotel’s “Ultimate Gin & Tonic” – Blackwood’s 60% Vintage, or a Moneky 47 Dutch Gin, topped up with Q (reputedly the world’s most exotic tonic water,) and chilled with ice cubes made from the waters of a local spring.

The bar sign could be pertinent: “We provide assistance to your room if required.”

To learn more about The Feathers - and check out their Gin Experience Tasting Menu – seven courses with a different gin for every course.