Rent a Gothic church in England, sleep in a giant intestine in Belgium, dream in a capsule survival oil platform in the Netherlands ... Europe contains dozens of amazing facilities. A new guide (*), beautifully illustrated, presents a selection of over 200 hotels and lodges unusual. The authors toured 20 European countries for five years to find these gems. You will find much more than shacks, already well known, perched in the trees. And when it comes to a trailer, is that of a real circus in operation.
From 10 € to 1,000 € per night
Next budget, some eccentricity is unattainable luxury. But some of these absolutely unique rooms are accessible, they are found at 10 € per night. Thus, in € 19 to sleep alone in the world on a rock at the foot of a lighthouse Breton, € 340 for the night in an igloo in Switzerland or wonderful € 875 to give you a royal suite in a fairytale castle of the nineteenth century between Porto and Lisbon.
Some institutions welcome guests only during spring and summer. Others are worth visiting in winter, like those little glass domes with stunning views of the aurora borealis.
(*) Unusual Hotels - Europe, Steve Dobson, ed. Juggle, € 19.90.
1 A sleeper
This old sleeper of the Great Western Railway, which traveled to Wales during the Edwardian era, is stationed in the countryside, with breathtaking views of the sea furnished compartment year 1930 is equipped with a modern kitchen and a bathroom.
From € 297 for two nights.
The Aberporth Express, Wales. firstname.lastname@example.org
2 A Streetcar
Of rooms in trams circulating in Germany and Amsterdam, a sombrero-shaped jacuzzi installed in a train car ... Sleep in the surreal world of Frank and Irma Appel, the delicious owners themselves sleeping in a bus London set into their stay.
€ 60 per person per night.
Controversy Tram Hotel, The Netherlands. email@example.com
3 The loft of an abbey
A double bed in mezzanine takes place in the loft of the Cistercian abbey, founded in 1113.
The walls have kept the cells where the birds nested. An English park surrounding the listed building.
€ 77 for two, € 119 for four.
Colombier of the Abbey of La Ferte,
France (Saône-et-Loire) firstname.lastname@example.org
4 A cask cider
The former property cider nineteenth century, with its half-timbered house, its cheese, its cellars, is converted into a hotel. Even the old barrels are used as bedrooms.
€ 90 for two, breakfast included.
Area of the Court Grip, France, Repentigny (Calvados). paulette.esnard @ wanadoo.fr
5 An island for itself alone
Lighthouse Island Louët, 350 meters off the Brittany coast, opened in 1860, is now open to the public. Armed with your sleeping bags, you will sleep at the foot of the lighthouse, the keeper's house.
€ 188 a night for a group of ten or € 18.80 each.
Ile Louet, France, Carentec (Finistère). email@example.com
6 An abandoned village
The abandoned village perched at the entrance to the gorges of the Haut-Allier, was completely renovated in the old. The hotel was established in the twelfth century castle and surrounding houses.
From € 210 for two, half-board.
Les Deux Abbesses, St. Arcons-d'Allier (Haute-Loire). firstname.lastname@example.org
7 A real circus
The circus Raluy
actually in operation, is open for the night in a trailer. You share the magical world of a circus traditional Spanish and to experience the acrobats, clowns and knife throwers.
€ 200 for two, € 50 for each additional bed.
Circo Museo Raluy, Spain, traveling circus. email@example.com
8 A coffin
Two coffins for a bed, a prison cell reconstituted, mirrors covering all the walls for a stunning kaleidoscope effect ... this hotel has 31 rooms eccentric Berlin.
From 69 € to 190 € per night.
Propeller Island City Lodge, Germany. www.propellerisland.de
9 A former prison
The prison of the nineteenth century in the historic heart of Lucerne, was converted into a hotel in 1999. Either: a bunk in a cell, the cell of the public enemy number one, or a suite in the office of ...
From € 57 a person, € 83 for two.
Jailhotel Löwengraben, Switzerland. firstname.lastname@example.org
10 An aquarium
This underwater hotel in the middle of the vast Lake Mälaren (50 km from Stockholm) spreads to 3 feet deep as a vast aquarium. People come here by water taxi, and sleep surrounded by fish.
€ 165 per person in double room, half board.
Hotel Utter Inn, Sweden, email@example.com
11 A silver mine
This suite is decorated in an old silver mine at 155 meters underground, 120 km from Stockholm. We visit galleries, caves and underground lakes. The temperature does not exceed 2 ° C in the mine, but the room is heated to 18 ° C.
€ 410 room, half board.
Silvergruva Sala, Sweden. firstname.lastname@example.org
12 A Boeing 747
A former Boeing 747 converted into a hotel sits on the tarmac at the airport Stockholm-Arlanda. The cockpit and tail of the long haul have been converted into luxury suites. The cabins are ideal for those who need to catch a flight at dawn.
Following the cockpit: about € 365 for two. Cabin room, from € 40 / pers.
Jumbo Stay, Sweden. email@example.com