World's Weirdest Hotel Rooms
The Mine Suite in Sweden will tuck you in 500 feet below the ground. (Photo: Pappilabild)
Sure, everyone loves the opulent luxury of a stay at The Four Seasons. Or, the opposite, equally soothing effect of sleeping in tent under the stars. But when you want to get a little weird, there are hotel rooms around the world geared towards the strange and downright bizarre. Some cater to a curiosity for the occult, while others top out the trappings. Whether you want to sleep suspended from a tree or drink Merlot five floors below the ground, these hotels have a special room just for you.
The Mine Suite at the Sala Silvermine
Vdstmanland County, Sweden
For that inner spelunker in all of us, the kind folks at the Sala Silvermine created a romantic getaway 500 feet beneath the Earth’s surface. The deluxe underground cavern is appointed with opulent familiars, including a king-sized bed, plush duvets, the soothing glow of candles and complimentary platter of wine and cheese. The worldly comforts stop there, however. The rest of the décor inside – walls, ceiling and floor – consists of the cavern’s solid, stark, black rock. Temperatures hover at a consistent 38 degrees this far below the ground – a perfect way to ensure that complimentary wine and cheese remains cool. An intercom radio allows for communication, should you need to request fresh linens, more champagne, or immediate evacuation upon realizing you suddenly suffer from claustrophobia.
Bonus: It’s handicapped accessible.
Approximate Cost: $560 per night
French graffiti artist Tilt designed the Panic Room at Au Vieux Panier, Marseilles
The Panic Room at Au Vieux Panier
Want to sleep in the Panic Room? Book now. It’s only here for the remainder of 2012. At this boutique hotel, each room is awarded to a new artist to decorate annually. The Panic Room is the creation of legendary French graffiti artist Tilt. One half of the room is covered in every neon paint color imaginable, resulting in a unified-yet-chaotic canvas of Tilt’s urban art. The other half remains stark white, with the separating line cleaving the most of the furnishings in half. Tilt’s internationally acclaimed style began in 1988 as a youth tagging subway cars and skateboard ramps and grew into a respected art form that’s now recognized worldwide.