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We all have to sleep eventually, also during travelling. And while there are dozens of cheaper ways, like camping or staying in a hostel, or even overnight in a train or bus, there are also some real gems. Usually at a cost, but sometimes you might find some good bargains as well. Some of them are not more than the highest or largest hotel in the world with all the regular, but sometimes boring, amenities. Others on the other hand can be really unique experiences, like staying underwater or in a special historical building. Read and take your pick!
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The Burj al Arab (Tower of Arabs) has become a landmark of Dubai since being finished in 1999 and is the fourth tallest hotel in the world. The very recognisable building is shaped to resemble the sail of a Dhow, a local fishing boat. The structure is 321 metres tall, and stands on an artificial island 280 metres away from the beach. It is connected to the mainland by a bridge. The building serves as a luxury hotel with 202 rooms. A hotel room is not cheap, with the cheapest room costing about a thousand US$ a night, and the Royal suite setting you back around US$28,000. If you want to arrive in style from the airport you can be picked up by a Rolls Royce or a helicopter. Even though the rooms might be out of reach, the lobby is not, and a well-dressed traveller can hide out among the super wealthy for a few minutes in this lobby. Although it's often labelled as a 7-star hotel, this star rating system is often the cause of debate.
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The Hotel del Coronado is located in the southern part of San Diego, just across the bay on the island of Coronado. It is one of the few surviving examples of a wooden Victorian beach resort, a typical American architectural type and is also one of the oldest and largest all-wooden buildings in California. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, after being open since 1888. During that time it was the largest hotel in the world and the first one to use electrical lighting. It also has its own ghost: a woman that killed herself in 1890, after her husband left with 20,000 dollars they won and she now waits for her love to return.
It wouldn't do justice to the wide range of big and extraordinary hotels to name just one or two of them. Although often the Izmailovo Hotel in Moscow is considered the largest hotel in the world (with around 7,500 rooms), it actually contains 4 seperate towers.
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