Two Odd Vacation Hotels
Sleeping With the Fishes?
Where to Stay on Vacation
Most people stay in hotels. There are other rentals available like vacation homes, condos and bungalows too. Vacations are sometimes spent in camp grounds and KOA style recreational vehicle parking spots.
Hotels vie for the adventurous and those who seek luxury. Hotels are easy to find. Bargain hotels abound. But the truly weird hotels will give travellers a run for the money. These are places that are so unusual that they are a vacation all by themselves.
Old hotels, reputedly haunted, are one such type of hotel. Another hotel builds cool rooms out of ice. Do you want to sleep with the fishes? Underwater hotels may attract your notice. There are some strange hotels in the world, let's take a look, shall we?
Jules' Undersea Lodge
Extremely rare to find, but surprisingly inexpensive to stay at. There are probably few people even searching for these hotels. At least one of the hotels requires scuba certification, but the others are being built to accommodate people who don't scuba and may not even know how to swim.
The most famous and most accessible underwater hotel is the one in the top video, Jules Undersea Lodge. Once it was an undersea laboratory near Puerto Rico, now, the lodge is located at Key Largo, Florida. The room is 21 feet underwater and has 42 inch windows offering unobstructed views of the sea life. The owner will even deliver a pizza to your room.
They have scuba training on site if you are not a certified diver. They also offer a wedding package.
There are four other underwater hotels in the experimental stages:
- The Utter Inn in Sweden - ready for use
- The $550 Million dollar luxury resort in Dubai known as the Hydropolis - Still not complete as of 2013
- The Poseidon Undersea Resort in Fiji - partially complete - It includes your own submarine
- A hotel in Istanbul has plans to open an underwater hotel, but no news has surfaced lately about it.
- Some other underwater hotels are being built. Who knows? This may catch on.
Even Turtles Do It!
Of all the haunted hotels in the world, the Stanley Hotel in Colorado is probably the most famous. Stephen King stayed here and wrote a book about the hotel. Then it became a movie starring Jack Nicholson as an iconicic possessed demon.
The hotel is absolutely stunning. It is located in Estes Park, Colorado. It is 7,522 feet above sea level presiding as a gateway destination to the Rocky Mountain National Park. The hotel was built in 1909 by F. O. Stanley. It sits on 55 acres of prime Colorado scenic land.
In addition to some interesting and sleepless nights, the Estes Park area has hiking and climbing, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife watching, galleries, unique shopping and an array of dining choices.
The hotel also has an online gift shop that features a coffee mug and t-shirt with the eerie "Redrum" logo. For those who did not see the movie - "Redrum" is 'Murder' backwards.
The hotel has very reasonable rates with hotel rooms, suites, lodges and condos. They have a murder mystery tour and excellent dining options. Spring specials are a good option for a vacation at the Stanley Hotel.
The Shining Hotel
Estes Park, Colorado and the Stanley Hotel
The Shining Movie Trailer
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