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Unusual hotels around the world

Last updated on: September 30, 2013 14:27 IST

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Lot of unusual hotels exist around the world. For example, in Germany, a former jail is converted into a hotel that lets customers have a complete jail experience. In Brazil’s Sao Paulo city, dog owners can rent hotels for their pets to mate.

Shown in the picture above are two Yorkshire terriers Billy (R) and Jully (L), sit on the bed at a pet motel in Sao Paulo. The doggy love motel, complete with a heart-shaped mirror on the ceiling and a headboard resembling a doggy bone, has opened for amorous pooches in Brazil.

The doggy love motel in Sao Paulo, South America's largest city, was inspired by the thousands of such establishments that rent rooms to Brazilian couples for four-hour periods for trysts.

The air-conditioned pet love motel room, with a paw print decorative motif, has a special control panel to dim the lights, turn on romantic music or play films. The dog motel, which opened this month, costs 100 reais ($41) for two hours.

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Photographs: Mike Blake/Reuters

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Two year-old Siberian husky Inook has a sip of imported bottled water as he receives his room service from David Wang during a recent visit to Vancouver's Sutton Place Hotel.

The five-star Vancouver hotel has begun a room service for VIP (very important pets) catering to guests traveling with their faithful dog or cat.

Owners can order a gourmet dinner of grilled Alberta beef, T-bone steak or seared fresh tuna filet topped with caviar. The hotel also offers a walking service and pet massages.

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One-year-old dog Fine looks through the fence of her dog lodge garden in the worlds first dog luxury hotel 'Canis Resort' in Freising north of Munich December.

The dog hotel is able to accommodate up to 45 dogs in nine heated dog lodges. The 20 dogsitters offer a seven day, 24 hours full service for all dogs, includes grooming, health care, pick-up, and gate-to-gate service.

Day care costs 65 euros and overnight care for 80 euros.  

 


Photographs: Michaela Rehle/Reuters
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A model poses in a room of the Alcatraz hotel in the southwestern German city of Kaiserslautern.

The hotel, built in a former prison from 1867. today offers a total of 57 rooms, with original carceral beds, lattice bars and pass-throughs in the heavy steel doors.

Guests can sleep in convict uniform pyjamas and enjoy their drinks in the 'Behind Bars' ('Hinter Gittern') bar.

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Photographs: Alex Grimm/Reuters

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Guests have a drink at the bar of the Alcatraz hotel in the southwestern German city of Kaiserslautern.

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Photographs: Alex Grimm/Reuters

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A reporter visits China's largest capsule hotel in Qingdao, Shandong province. The hotel has 100 capsule rooms, each equipped with an LCD TV, WiFi connection, a computer desk, a dresser and comfortable bedding.

Staying in one of these 2-by-1 meter, 1.2-meter high capsule rooms costs 45 yuan ($7.2) per day during the off season and 80 yuan during peak season. Picture taken January 15, 2013. 

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Photographs: Reuters

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Veterinarian Roberta Mammoli greets a cat in a large cage at her newly opened Gatthotel & Spa near Perugia, Italy.

The Gatthotel features a grooming "spa" amid modern design.   

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Photographs: Daniele La Monaca/Reuters

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Local Manager Gisela Olsson makes a bed in one of the standard rooms in the Jumbo Hostel at Arlanda Airport, Stockholm.

Jumbo Hostel is a Boeing 747-200 jumbo jet that has been converted into a 25 room hotel and cafe and the cockpit has been converted into a de luxe suite. 

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Photographs: Fredrik Sandberg/Reuters

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A car, with an interior that has been converted into a bedroom, sits mounted on four-metre-high poles outside an Amsterdam hotel.

Italian artist Federico D'Orazio turned the small family car into a cosy love nest to encourage more love in the city of Amsterdam.

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Photographs: Robin van Lonkhuijsen/Reuters

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Tourists have dinner inside the Balea Lac Hotel of Ice in the Fagaras mountains, 300km (184 miles) northwest of Bucharest.

Entirely made of ice, the hotel offers accommodation in 10 double rooms with king size beds, where the temperature is between -2 and +2 degrees Celsius, at a price of 35 Euro ($45.73) per person. 

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Photographs: Radu Sigheti/Reuters

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A couple are snug inside a sleeping bag at an ice hotel at Alpha Resort Tomamu's ice village in Shimukappu town, Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.

Only one pair can spend the night at the ice hotel for 15,000 yen (about $140), including dinner served on an ice table.  

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Photographs: Yuriko Nakao/Reuters

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A caravan turned into sleeping accommodations is pictured in the indoor camping hotel Huettenpalast in Berlin.

A 200 square metre production hall of a small vacuum-cleaner factory was used to create an indoor garden where guests can sleep in old caravans and wooden huts.

A night in Huettenpalast hotel located in Berlin's Neukoelln district will cost from 30 euros per person.

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Photographs: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

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A general view shows the Base Camp Bonn Young Hostel, the world's first camping trailer and Pullman coach hostel, at night in Bonn September 20, 2013.

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A newly wed couple sits in front of the "House Boat", a vintage camping caravan that was converted into a hotel room at the Base Camp Bonn Young Hostel, the world's first camping trailer and Pullman coach hostel, in Bonn.

The hostel was opened in August this year in a former storage facility, consists of 15 various camping caravans in vintage style, two former railway Pullman coaches and four US Airstream trailers all with shared washrooms.

The prices of the 120 beds in the 1600 square meter indoor complex range from 22 to 69 euros per night.

Each trailer was individually designed by film and TV outfitter Marion Seul. Picture taken September 20, 2013.

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Photographs: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

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An elderly couple explores "Nautilus", a vintage camping caravan redesigned after Jules Vernes' novel "20,000 Leagues under the Sea" at the Base Camp Bonn Young Hostel, the world's first camping trailer and Pullman coach hostel, in Bonn.

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A young Belgian couple is seen on their bed that was built into the back of a Citroen H van, a delivery van of the 1950s that was converted into a hotel rooms at the Base Camp Bonn Young Hostel, the world's first camping trailer and Pullman coach hostel, in Bonn.

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A visitor walks past individual sleeping quarters in Moscow's first micro hostel.

The hostel offers accommodation for over 100 people in self-contained prefabricated sleeping cells called sleepboxes, according to the hostel administration.

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Photographs: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters
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A guest sits in his individual sleeping quarters in Moscow's first micro hostel.

Each one of these boxes is sound proof and is said to guarantee a good night's sleep.

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Each sleepbox contains a bed, table, lamp, shelf, small wardrobe and mirror and provide adequate space for a person to sleep and work at a tiny desk.

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Photographs: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters
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In Moscow's micro hostel, the capsules don't have attached bathrooms and guests have to use communal washing facility.

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Photographs: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters
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Tables and chairs made from blocks of salt are seen at the salt hotel on Uyuni salt lake, which holds the world's largest reserve of lithium, about 500 km (311 miles), south of La Paz.

Due to lack of conventional construction materials, this hotel are almost entirely (walls, roof, furniture) built with salt blocks.

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Photographs: Gaston Brito/Reuters
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A woman passes the 'Eh'haeusl' hotel (C red building) in the Bavarian village of Amberg, southern Germany.

The refurbished hotel, which claims to be the worlds smallest, comprises of seven levels in a 280 year-old building, with a width of 2.5 metres, a floor space of 20 square metres and a living space of 53 square metres.

A night in the hotel costs 195 euros including breakfast, which is cooked by a member of staff.

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Construction work continues on a hotel made to look like seventy Zaanse houses stacked together in the centre of Zaandam, north of Amsterdam.

Many tourists visit Zaandam where traditional Zannse houses originated from.

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"Hotel Everland" (R), a creation by Swiss artists Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann, is craned on the roof of Paris Modern Art Museum, the "Palais de Tokyo, site de creation contemporaine".

The "Hotel Everland"  is an art installation consisting of an actual one-room hotel offering 1970s-style glamour, artistic cachet, a view of the Eiffel Tower and was on the roof of the museum for a while, functioning as both a museum exhibit and a room where people can stay overnight.       

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German designer Karl Lagerfeld poses as he unveils his hotel suite creation made of chocolate, part of a campaign by a leading ice cream brand, at a hotel in Paris.  

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The Cabin is seen under construction on the site of Treehotel in the Swedish village of Harads. A lofty new hotel concept in a remote village in northern Sweden, it aims to elevate the simple treehouse into a world-class destination for design-conscious travellers.

Treehotel, located in Harads about 60 km south of the Arctic Circle, will consist of four rooms: The Cabin, The Blue Cone, The Nest and The Mirrorcube.

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A waitress carrying an umbrella walks down the driveway to Chateau Laffitte Hotel. Located in Beijing, this hotel is an exact replica of the 1650 Chateau Maisons-Laffitte by French architect Francois Mansart.

The hotel is built by Chinese real-estate developer Zhang Yuchen. He used the original blueprints and 10,000 photos of the building as a guide to create this exact replica.

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General view of a hotel room with a picture of GDR politician Willi Stoph in the hostel "Ostel" is pictured in Berlin.

In a multi-storey concrete block near the German capital's eastern train station, former communist leader Erich Honecker, wearing his trademark thick black glasses, stares down at guests from the walls of each of the 39 rooms at a new communist-style hotel.

Garish orange patterned curtains and retro brown sofas clash with lime green walls. Plastic plants and old-style lamps stand by windows overlooking more concrete blocks and the clocks at reception show the time in Moscow, Beijing and Havana.

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One of hundreds of Lego figures is seen by a pool as construction continues in North America's first ever Lego Hotel in Carlsbad, California. The three-story, 250-room hotel opened on April 5. 

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A statue of Beatle John Lennon stands at the facade of the Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool, northern England.

The hotel is inspired by English rock band, the Beatles. All the 110 rooms are furnished with specially commissioned Beatles-inspired artwork adorning the walls. In fact, the name of the hotel is actually a song by the band.

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