After 120 years of housing Boston's notorious criminals, the Charles Street Jailhouse was deemed unfit for inmates after prisoners revolted due to the poor living conditions. In 2001 (with prisoners now removed) a design team was hired to transform the prison into a historic hotel.
Now, I've never been to jail, and never wanted to, but a night at the Liberty Hotel does have allure. The Liberty happily incorporates and preserves many original jailhouse features. You can enjoy dinner next to cell gates, metal bars, and wrought iron windows at their CLINK restaurant. And though the thrill of captivity might be exciting, you won't find yourself sleeping on a hard, cold bed at the Liberty. Suites are luxurious and contemporary, offering everything a prison cell does not, including views of the Boston area, wifi, flat panel TVs and plush bathrooms.
The Madonna Inn may be a California staple for accommodations, but some of their themed suites are anything by normal. Each room has a unique theme from Western to Merry-Go-Round, but by far the strangest are the all rock-grotto rooms with waterfall showers. See for yourself....
Talk about adventure! This typical red Swedish boat house stands alone on the water, below it is your hotel room. That's right, this single room is 3 Meters underwater! You are taken by boat to your room and given explicit instructions on what to do next. Once in your room, you are surrounded by panoramic windows, with views of the aquatic habitat - fish and all!
Imagine sleeping in an ice castle! At Hotel de Glace the bed, wall, floors, lobby, and bar are carefully sculpted from frozen water. Guests can enjoy a rather chilly night in their own private room and daily activities include dog sledding, snow shoeing and cross country skiing. Check out the full review for the icy details!
How would you like to have dinner with a herd of wild giraffe? If this has always been your dream, now it can come true! Located in Eastern Africa, this exclusive resort features 180 acres of untouched land, complete with friendly giraffes and other wildlife. Located outside of Nairobi, Kenya the this Manor plays home to 1930's suites decked with all the necessary modern comforts.
This beautiful volcano-like hotel is located in Chile inside the Natural Reserve of Huilo Huilo. The lodge featured 9 cozy suites and 10 rustic log cabins. Waterfalls decorate the outside and the interior. Built from local wood, The Magic Mountain hotel also features a restaurant with special local dishes and a hot tub craved from a natural tree trunk. Sounds magical!
Spend a night sleeping in an elephant's belly in this eco-lodge situated on the Yala river, a Sri Lanka wildlife sanctuary. This two story villa sleeps a total of 12 guests, perfect for a quiet group getaway. You can enjoy all that wildlife offers, without damaging the environment. Not to mention a photo in front of these finely crafted elephant is worth the trip alone!