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Five unusual hotels

Hotels can be so much more than a room with a bed... We pick five unusual hotels from around our network

  • Five unusual hotels

    1. Sala Silvermine, Sala

  • Five unusual hotels

    2. Propeller Island City Lodge, Berlin

  • Five unusual hotels

    3. Igloo village, Saariselkä

  • Five unusual hotels

    4. Atomium, Brussels

  • Five unusual hotels

    5. The Beermoth, Aviemore


Text by Julia Richardson

 1. Sala Silvermine, Sala

Far underground lies an eerie cave, tucked within the winding stone passages of an old Swedish silver mine. At 155 metres underground, a stay in the mine suite is perfect for those keen to kip in one of the world’s deepest hotel rooms. It is not one for claustrophobes or people in need of mobile phone signal but great for those who like a bit of adventure. Guests are given a tour of the tunnels before being left to enjoy the cave.

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2. Propeller Island City Lodge, Berlin

For those that thought sleeping in a coffin was reserved for the after-life, think again. Gruft is just one of 30 uniquely decorated rooms at The Propeller Island City Lodge so for those keen to channel their inner Goth, just close the lid and you’ll be dead to the world. For those who would rather not to get cosy in a coffin, there’s always Grandma’s room with has a loo in the wardrobe or a lion cage (don’t worry, lions aren’t included).

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3. Igloo village, Saariselkä

Guests at the Igloo Village in Finland can enjoy the snow-covered woodland cocooned within a glass bubble that protects them the biting temperatures of -30°C outside. The clear winter skies show off the Northern Lights, which you can watch from bed, or for those that prefer to slumber in the snow, grab your woolly socks and hat and spend the night chilling out in one of the snow igloos.

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4. Atomium, Brussels

Originally built for the World Fair of Brussels in 1958 the futuristic design of the Atomium is a Belgian architectural icon. These days, this is the coolest sleepover club as children are allowed to stay in mini pods, or rather raindrops, as part of an educational programme. This is has to be one of the coolest school excursions around as groups of children are able to enjoy the panoramic views of the city as they learn about the role of towns and cities within society.

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5. The Beermoth, Aviemore

No, this truck hasn’t broken down. It is parked up in a secluded spot in a Scottish estate offering glamorous campers the chance to enjoy nature without forfeiting home comforts. The former 1950s fire lorry is now kitted out with a Victorian double bed, leather armchair and a stove. It’s a great base to pop on your walking boots and explore the surrounding countryside.

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See Norwegian's pick of Europe's quirkiest spas here


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