Stay Wacky…!

Whenever we think of going on a holiday we think of many things separately which together make a holiday possible. It starts from the grass root level and from deciding upon where to go and many a times concludes on where to stay at the destination. How to travel? What to do? What to see? and What to eat? are some other vital introspective questions which travellers ask themselves. Of all the travel services that play an important role in making holiday a pleasantly memorable one, the accommodation services availed on our holiday, tops the list.

Our on-tour accommodation is one of the most important factors while travelling. In fact the hospitality and tourism industries go hand-in-hand and are indeed interdependent. Today we have come of age when even our on-tour accommodation can be so creative and at the same time quite eccentric. If you like adventure and don’t mind going a bit eccentric at times in life, you have a variety of accommodation options which probably all of us at some or other point in time have always fantasised about. The Hang Nga Hotel, locally known as ‘crazy house’ is hidden away in the mountain town of Da Lat, Vietnam. It is a random assortment of cubbyholes and rooms that twist and turn are pieced together with bridges to form a maze-type place. The house also contains birds, spider web creations, enormous animals and other curiosities that create fairy-tale like atmosphere. The bright orange oil rig survival pods at the Capsule Hotel, Den Haag in Netherlands offer sleeping bags for 3 people while the V8 Hotel Baden – Wurttemberg in Germany is the perfect destination for car enthusiasts. This hotel offers car themed room, including a Mercedes Benz car wash, MORRIS Minor Garage and a Route 66 theme.

We’ve all seen the big concrete sewer tubes waiting to be installed during construction work. The Das Park Hotel Osterreich in Austria gives an opportunity to stay in one of these tubes. Each December, artists start constructing the very unique Hotel de Glase in Quebec, Canada. Open from January 7 to March 27 each year, the hotel requires 400 tons of ice and 12,000 tons of snow, and is redesigned and rebuilt each year. The Propeller Island City Lodge in Berlin, Germany is a strange hotel designed by artist Lars Stroschen. Here you will find a flying bedroom, which has slanted floors and a levitated bed. The Utter Inn Lake Malaren in Sweden is an art project by Mikael Genberg. It looks like a red garden shed stuck in the middle of the lake. The bedroom is located three meters below the lake and is accessible by ladder. The floors of the Library Hotel Manhattan in New York are set according to the 10 main categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification System. Included in the rooms are books from the theme of each floor. The Giraffe Manor Nairobi in Kenya was built in 1932 by Sir David Duncan and modelled after a Scottish hunting lodge. Staying at this giraffe sanctuary will allow you the opportunity of having the giraffes come right to your window, where you can hand-feed them and take pictures.

So when next time the child in you asks for some fun time and you don’t mind going wacky and weird for some days on your vacations, do think of some of these unusual accommodation options. And yes…don’t fear to be eccentric! As Bertrand Russell has famously said “Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” Probably the wacky today could be conventional tomorrow !

Jitesh Ghag
(Team Veena World)