13 unique and unusual places you NEED to stay in

We’re all about embracing the unusual here at STA Travel and when it comes to accommodation, the quirkier the better! Earn some serious travel street-cred and take your trip to a whole new level by calling a grounded plane, a rain forest canopy or a Japanese library home for the night…

1. Sleep in a plane (firmly on the ground) in Sweden

That’s right, a hostel made from a plane and this one is super cool. Next time you’re in Stockholm, make sure this jumbo jet is on your list.

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2. Sleep in a crane (firmly off the ground) in Amsterdam

Weird and wacky Amsterdam would have a hostel in a crane, wouldn’t they? And that’s why we love them! Anyone with a fear of heights/dangling above the ground, beware!

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3. Sleep in the trees in Peru

Planning an Amazonian adventure? Sleep among the monkeys in your very own treehouse lodge – your mates will be green with envy at the lush rainforest within arm’s reach of your bedroom window.

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4. Sleep down, down, underground in Coober Pedy 

When where you live is this freakin’ HOT there’s only one way to go – underground. Find shops, restaurants, even hotels and hostels all burrowed below the earth’s surface. This quirky little town is not to be missed!

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5. Sleep in a silo in New Zealand

We never thought we’d say it, but yes, we really want to stay in a silo! No longer a tin structure to hold grain, this New Zealand offering now stores sleepy travellers.

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6. Sleep in a library in Tokyo

Prepare for a night of bookworm paradise. Nestle yourself between shelves stocked full of literature in this quaint library hostel. Then get some epic Instagram pics before nodding off…

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7. Sleep locked up overnight in Australia

The look on your mum’s face when you tell her you spent the night in a prison will be so, so worth it (plus, you can lie in luxury – don’t worry, you won’t actually get shackled up!)

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8. Sleep in a salt palace in Bolivia

Embrace royal life when you tell your mates you’re staying in a Palace. Even more unique, a palace made of salt (FYI licking the walls is not ok kids)! This place is uber chic and definitely won’t leave you feeling salty.

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9. Sleep in a hotel made of ice in Sweden

Ice, ice babyyy – any excuse to get that line out and we’ll take it. This place is straight outta Narnia and will have your jaw trailing on the floor.

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10. Sleep in a hotel made of sand in Egypt

Feel like the real Lawrence of Arabia with a night in a sand hotel. Just be careful not to huff and puff in case it all falls down (of course we’re joking… we think).

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11. Sleep in an old bull-fighting ring in Mexico

Steeped in history and oozing Hispanic luxe, this accommodation will have you snapping at every turn.

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12. Sleep in a capsule in Hong Kong

These guys are known for their space-saving methods and this capsule hostel is no different! If you’re claustrophobic, this one isn’t for you…

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13. Sleep in a train carriage in California

All aboard!! Choo-choose a night in a train carriage next time you visit California (thanks Ralph Wiggum for that pun). Each one has its own theme from seaside vibes, Parisian boutiques to Harley Davidson shrines. Random? But of course.

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If you want more regular accommodation, check out ALL of our hostels and hotels.