10 Quirky And Unconventional Places To Stay On Your Next Getaway

Breakfast in a chic vintage trailer? Yes, and nine other amazing escapes from the mundane. American Express is supporting a new generation of makers, creators, and mold-breakers. Find your #PassionProject.

1. The Jerome Grand Hotel, Arizona

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Converted from a hospital and insane asylum, this hotel has been host to many claims of haunting. It doesn’t help that most of the original structure was preserved in the renovation, including small details like circuit breakers labeled with ward numbers (pictured right).

2. Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Norway

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The hotel is built entirely from ice and snow, and is reconstructed every year. Bed rolls of industrial sleeping bags and reindeer leather are provided, but extra blankets and thermal gear are encouraged, since the temperature fluctuates between -4 and -7 degrees Celsius.

3. Yotel, NYC

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This high-tech hotel features a robotic luggage storage system (pictured left), and pod-rooms with beds and amenities tucked into the walls.

4. Aldourie Castle, Loch Ness, Scotland


Billed as the only habitable castle on Loch Ness, this castle boasts 15 rooms, and can be rented out in full for exclusive access.

5. Off-The-Grid Glass House, California


This house is entirely off the grid. One of the few requirements for guests is to maintain a small carbon footprint.

6. Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island


These rooms are suspended from nearby trees and boast “true surround sound” for the combination nature/music lover.

7. Out N’ About Treehouse Treesort, Oregon

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Accessible by stairs, ladders, and rope bridges, the treehouse rooms at Out N’ About are your childhood dreams come alive. If you want to feel even more Tarzan, you can take rope swinging lessons.

8. Yurts, Krygyzstan

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Pieter Schepens / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: kpi


If you love camping, but hate camping, try a yurt! Since yurts aren’t considered permanent structures, they can be built in protected parks where cabins aren’t allowed. Try the yurts in Alaska’s Kachemak Bay State Park.

9. The Mirrored House, Pittsburgh


This guest house is covered in mirrors, inside and out, to create a unique artistic retreat.

10. The Magic Mountain Hotel, Chile


Named after a favorite children’s book, The Magic Mountain Hotel features a waterfall that cascades down the sides of the building.

Bonsai Beach Bubble, San Diego

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Helene Cornell / youtube.com


These retro bubble trailers are beautifully decorated to become minimalist retreats for beachgoers. You can rent them at Helene’s compound, or take them camping. Check out more of Helene’s trailers and hear the story behind them:

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