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Surprisingly affordable and unique hotels around the world

From castles to trains, these hotels will be unforgettable experiences.

Sometimes when you travel, it’s not where you stay, it’s the destination. However, some of the most memorable trips are ones where you lodge in truly unique accommodation. We’re not talking swanky resorts or your run-of-the-mill 5-star hotels. We’ve scoured the internet to find some of the most truly bizarre and unique hotels from chateaus to vintage trains.

Read on for all your unique holiday inspiration.

01

Domaine d’Essendiéras, France

Starting from $130 per night

You might think that staying at a Mr. Darcy-esque estate might cost a fortune, but this hotel in France proves otherwise.

Situated on 360 glorious hectares of uninterrupted rolling green hills is Domaine d’Essendiéras. From golf, tennis, outdoor swimming pools lakes, mountain biking and a children’s playground – you will truly have it all during your stay here. The best part is that a stay at this hotel starts at just $130 a night.

02

The Muraka, Maldives

Starting from $700 per night

If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience then The Muraka in the Maldives will give you memories to last forever.

Not only does it sit above the picturesque clear waters of the Maldives, but if you have a spare $7000 you can stay in the world’s first underwater hotel room which has private 360 degree views of the abundant marine life.

03

The Hotel Chalet, USA

Starting from $195 per night

Know a train buff? This is the perfect stay for them. The Hotel Chalet is epitome of unique accommodation which is located in the Chattanooga Choo Choo train station. The best part is that each of the 25 rooms are housed in restored Victorian carriages so you’ll have the full vintage experience.

04

Arctic Treehouse Hotel, Finland

Starting from $519 per night

The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel is less about the room and more about the destination. What better way to experience the magic of aurora borealis than from the comfort of a luxurious treehouse?

Surrounded by powdery white snow, kick back in your warm lodge and gaze up at the wondrous northern lights. But the adventure doesn’t stop there, during your stay, you can also experience husky safaris, reindeer farm tours and a relaxing day at a Finnish sauna.

05

Quinta Real Zacatecas, Mexico

Starting from $240 per night

Built around a restored 19th century bullfighting ring in the heart of Zacatecas is the hotel Quinta Real Zacatecas. With an amphitheatre-like dining experience, gorgeously renovated rooms and just a stone throw from the historic downtown – this is a stay like no other.

06

Schloss Lieser, Germany

Starting from $400 per night

Ever wanted to stay in a castle? This is your chance! In the heart of Lieser, Germany is Schloss Lieser, a 19th century castle that has been renovated into a luxury hotel. From decadent dining rooms to sprawling green hills, you won’t be short of whimsical adventures during your stay.

07

Raimbagh Palace, India

Starting from $400 per night

The Raimbagh Palace in Jaipur, India was constructed to be a residence for royalty in 1887. Since then, it has been renovated, whilst still keeping its original charm, and turned into a five star hotel. Featuring motifs of hand-crafted marble and with numerous glorious gardens to stroll through, this accommodation is truly unique and memorable.

08

TWA Hotel, USA

Starting from $400 per night

An ode to the swinging ’60s and the opulent glamour of ’60s air travel, the TWA Hotel is like stepping into a time machine. Located inside JFK Airport in New York, this is the perfect place to kill time between layovers or a fun place to crash the night before a big flight. The main lobby resembles a retro flight gate and even has a fully functioning departure board and accompanying bar. In your room, you’ll find a rotary phone to contact reception and other nods to the iconic decade. If you’re hankering for a drink, head outside to ‘Connie’ a restored TWA plane that is now a super groovy bar.

09

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Canada

Starting from $480 per night

Perched high upon a promontory overlooking Quebec is Fairmont Le Château Frontenac – a five-star luxurious hotel. The heritage property is bursting with fine-dining experiences, day spas and relaxing rooms to unwind in.

The best time to say at the Chateau is at Christmas where the hotel is decked out in festive decorations. The hotel also have a range of exciting culinary experiences and festive-themed activities to celebrate Christmas.

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