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1. Posted by Ellen67 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

Hi fellow travel enthusiasts,

I’m on a mission to visit as many weird/cool/interesting/unusual hostels and hotels as during my trip through Europe August-September. My budget is limited, so i’m not going for the ”rent an entire castle” sort of thing... couldn’t find a thread on this topic, so I’m starting one!!
Have you visited an unusual Hotel/hostel/bnb that you could

Amazing interior?
Boat hostel?
Tree house hotel?

Hit me up!

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1518 posts) 4d 1 Star this if you like it!

Hi Ellen

My favourite is no longer open - part of Kinloch Castle on the Isle of Rum in Scotland used to be run as a hostel. Now there's a new purpose-built hostel next door and you can visit the castle, but it's not as good.

On the Isle of Skye at a place called Uig there's the Cowshed hostel. A converted cowshed but it's beautifully done and you can sit by the log burner on wild winter nights watching through the giant windows as the CalMac ferry from the Outer Hebrides tries to dock in a storm.

Not Europe but... Near Waitomo Caves in New Zealand I stayed at a Hobbit Motel. A place called Woodlyn Park, the owner has also built motel units into a train, plane, and a WWII patrol boat on its own lake.

3. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 811 posts) 4d 1 Star this if you like it!

I believe one of the old german WW2 prisoner of war places is now a hotel... I just can't remember which one
I'm not certain but I think it's quite cheap...

And here's some prisons which are now hotels (cheap and expensive): https://www.mirror.co.uk/travel/news/10-former-prisons-turned-hotels-13985252

I think it's Colditz... but I could easily be wrong...

[ Edit: Edited on 14-May-2019, at 17:28 by Andrew Mack ]

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2233 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

Google up staying in Monasteries.
https://traveltips.usatoday.com/stay-monastery-europe-103363.html

I personally would probably never do it. Don't care for sharing toilets and showers with strangers anyway.

5. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1270 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

Google up staying in Monasteries.
https://traveltips.usatoday.com/stay-monastery-europe-103363.html

I personally would probably never do it. Don't care for sharing toilets and showers with strangers anyway.

NYE 2011 we were in the middle of a three day trek from Kalaw to Lake Inle in Myanmar and stayed that night in a monastery. A very dry NYE and sleeping on a mattress on the floor with about fifty others in a large room. And shared toilets and showers too! No other way to do it but I definitely share your sentiment.

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2233 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

"Borisborough."

Yes, sometimes circumstances requires a little "adjustment" for what you prefer to what is available. I have slept on airport floors when snowed in. And in the military I had to put up with other people farting and snoring away in tight quarters.

Any port in a storm!

7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 979 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

I've never done it myself, but you can stay at lighthouses in some places. The one in Maryland is a trifle expensive (Cove Point). There are others that you can only access by boat, but they don't seem to be operational now.

What I have done was spend the weekend on a narrowboat in England.

8. Posted by jennbilly (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

I spent 3 weeks in Scandinavia last year and stayed at some pretty cool places.

In Denmark, at Smukfest festival I spent the night in a BEER CAN. Yes. Google it!

In Sweden I lived in a moose. YES. It's called Wragarden. https://wragarden.se/pressinfo/bo-i-en-alg-hos-algarna-pa-wragarden/

I might be going back to Sweden/Denmark(and Norway) this summer too, probably, and I'm considering staying a night at this place http://grandcircushotel.com/. Seems like it's just opened, but looks amazing. You live in a circus wagon!

It also seems pretty easy to find boat stays. Check out AirBnb.

9. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 911 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

I believe one of the old german WW2 prisoner of war places is now a hotel... I just can't remember which one
I'm not certain but I think it's quite cheap...

And here's some prisons which are now hotels (cheap and expensive): https://www.mirror.co.uk/travel/news/10-former-prisons-turned-hotels-13985252

I think it's Colditz... but I could easily be wrong...

It is Colditz - my husband stayed there a few years ago with a group of friends and really liked it. You get to tour the castle and they have lots of interesting exhibits about escape attempts etc. https://www.jugendherberge.de/en/youth-hostels/colditz-schloss-698/portrait/

Edited for typos

[ Edit: Edited on 15-May-2019, at 08:40 by ToonSarah ]

10. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 685 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

Off the top of my head:

UK & Ireland: Clink78 is a converted courthouse hostel in London which offers dorms & private rooms, including the cells.

There are lots of places in both countries which offer b&b in historical buildings as well as in yurts, treehouses, cabins and suchlike. You can even stay overnight in an early Medieval ringfort in Wexford, Ireland.

Slovenia: Hostel Celica in Ljubljana, Slovenia, was once a prison. Each of its cells has unique artwork.

Italy: Rome has several central convents (and monasteries) which offer bed & breakfast to guests, some with en suite rooms. Google 'convent guesthouses Rome'. There are several cave b&bs in Matera, Italy and others in the 'trulli' in and around Alberobello.

Netherlands: Amsterdam has several b&b places on boats of various types.