Hotels & Events

Some of The World’s Most Unusual Hotels

Hotels are used for both business and pleasure, and while there are a number of luxury hotels available, sometimes people yearn for something a little different. While the following hotels can be seen as unusual, they do make for an interesting stay.

Treehotel: Harads Sweden

As you can no doubt tell from the name, Treehotel is indeed a hotel in a tree. As well as allowing guests to revisit their childhood, they can also stay in the Cabin, a UFO-shaped capsule lodged in a tree. Guests can even take advantage of a tree-based sauna.

Camping: Mount Kilimanjaro

Hang on, camping doesn’t count as a hotel does it? Well, in other contexts, no, but climbing Mount Kilimanjaro can only be complimented with camping there as well. As well as coming face to face with raw nature, you are free to pitch up where and when you want, although you might want to rely on someone like the KilimanjaroClimbingCompany.com to show you the best spots. And you can also pick your own view, and the views that Mount Kilimanjaro hold are really something to embrace.

Propeller Island City Lodge: Berlin, Germany

Sometime a room with a bed and storage just doesn’t cut it, so those looking for something with a little more ‘character’ should consider the Propeller Island City Lodge. The vainer may wish to opt for the room that is built using a selection of angled mirrors. Similarly, those looking for something with a darker tone can stay in the crypt, where the beds are coffins.

The Dog Bark Park Inn: Idaho, USA

If the name wasn’t unusual enough, wait until you read about the hotel itself. Dog lovers are more than catered for in this USA-based hotel, as it shaped like a dog. The 12-foot beagle is able to accommodate four people, and is owned by chainsaw artists. It should come as no surprise that the hotel is indeed, dog friendly.

Icehotel: Jukkasjarvai, Sweden

Just like the Treehotel was named due to it being in a tree, the Icehotel has been named due to it being made of ice. The hotel is actually rebuilt annually, so you’re unlikely to stay in the exact hotel more than once, unless you become a fan. While it remains an unusual choice for somewhere to stay, there’s no denying how captivating a hotel made out of ice can be.

The hotel rooms are kept at -5C every day. Evidently, this temperature will require more than your standard pair of pyjamas, so guests wear the provided boots and thermals and enter the room with a sleeping bag. Such a hotel is probably not the best if you’re just away on a business trip, but for those looking for something out of the ordinary, the Icehotel certainly provides it.

There are plenty more hotels that offer a unique experience regardless of your tastes, While not for everyone, ‘strange’ hotels generally just provide something out of the norm, and therefore tend to be that little more memorable than your generic hotel stay. Research your hotel before you leave so you know exactly what to expect during your stay.

VIP Sports Tours

monaco-grand-prix-imageTravelling the world to stay in the best hotels is always amazing. But one way to make it even more spectacular, is to combine it with a top sporting event to make sure you maximise your enjoyment.

Sports are enjoyed by billions of people throughout the world. There are a number of different events that cater for all tastes if sports, whether it be tennis, racing or even the Tour De France. Seeing as many sports events are held globally, many sports fans will travel far and wide to ensure they are getting a taste of their favourite sport.

Below are some popular sporting events, complete with nearby places to stay. This will allow you to create some truly unique sports travel packages.

Monaco Grand Prix

Regardless of whether you’re a fan of motor racing, the Monaco Grand Prix is a sporting event that is recognised by many. Considered to be one of the most prestigious racing events in the world, the Monaco Grand Prix was first introduced in 1929, and has been an annual event ever since.

The event is held at the Circuit de Monaco which consists of the city streets Monte Carlo and La Condamine. The track is famed for its tight corners and many elevation changes, which have challenged renowned racers such as Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.

Those looking for accommodation when attending this prestigious event should consider the Heritage Monte Carlo. The hotel is popular with many tourists thanks to its central location and its beautiful views of the harbour. There is also the Hotel Metropole, famed for its wonderful food and excellent concierge service.

Wimbledon

Just as the Monaco Grand Prix is recognised as one the most popular racing events, Wimbledon is considered one of the most, if not the most, famous tennis event in the world. Not only is it one of the majors that is still played on grass, but it also has a rich history. First introduced in 1877, the traditions of the event are what makes it so famous. These traditions include the strict dress code, and of course the consumption of strawberries and cream.

Evidently Wimbledon is a popular event, so it can be useful to be aware of what accommodation is available within the area. One popular hotel among visitors is the Lodge Hotel in nearby Putney. Visitors are treated to view of a landscaped garden, as well as being able to offer a number of spaces for guests to unwind.

Those looking for a more Victorian feel may wish to opt for Warren House, a beautiful mansion that is home to four acres of landscaped gardens. This matched with a professional service ensures that guests are able to relax after a heavy day of watching.

El Classico

Football is a popular sport among many, and the El Classico is one of the highlights for many football fans. Focusing on matches between rival teams Barcelona and Real Madrid, the event is popular for a number of reasons. Some consider it important as it highlights the talents of two of the biggest clubs in the world. Others enjoy the fact that the two teams are looked upon as having opposing political oppositions, with Real Madrid representing Spanish nationalism, and Barcelona representing Catalan nationalism.

The 2016 match will be held at Camp Nou in Barcelona, so attendees looking to stay over should look at hotels within the vicinity. The Hotel Duquesa is a four-star hotel that has a central location in Barcelona. Guests can enjoy the luxurious restaurant, as well as taking advantage of additional perks. These perks include complimentary newspapers and wireless internet access.   Alternatively, the Medinaceli is also located centrally, and offers guests a comfortable stay, laundry facilities and air-conditioned bedrooms.

Sporting events are undoubtedly the highlight of many a social calendar, and the experience can be enhanced further by taking advantage of the many places to stay, and create a number of VIP sport tours. And, if you’re not that into sports, you can always stay in your luxury hotel while the others go and spectate.

The Perfect Party Venue

private-partyLooking for somewhere to hold a party can be hard work, especially if you want somewhere a little different or a little more luxurious. Sure there are no shortage of local venues, such as community centres and the local pub. But one category that is often overlooked as a venue are the hotels and particularly the city hotels in places such as London. So what kind of venue could work for a party and how do you go about organising one?

Preparation

When you start to compile a list of possible venues for your party, there are a few considerations to take into account. Firstly, think of your guests and how they will get to the venue. Is there a tube or train station nearby? Or is there parking if they want to drive to the event? Then consider vendors who will be doing catering and other areas of the party – can they access the venue as they need to? Are there lifts and a loading area for them to bring in equipment and supplies?

Organising the party can take a lot of work and for that reason, many people are turning to an events planning specialist to do the hard work. They look at a list of venues and then get an expert eye on which would work best for the event in question.

Venue ideas

So here are a few of the hotels that offer facilities suitable for a party – based around London just to give you a few ideas!

The Hilton London Tower Bridge is ideal if you want some of the most historic landmarks in the background of those party selfies. The hotel is just a three-minute walk from the nearest tube station as well as a host of sightseeing opportunities for those visiting for more than just the party. As far as space for a party, there’s no shortage of it including seven meeting rooms and an executive board room as well as a suite holding up to 400 people. All the rooms have natural daylight and access to the hotel bar and lounge as well as space for catering within them.

ME London offers a perfect rooftop location for events to enjoy an unrivalled view out across the city. Their Radio Rooftop Bar allows views from Tower Bridge to St Paul’s Cathedral while there are a total of seven rooms for meetings and parties, each holding up to 300 people.

The Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences is a five-star heritage hotel on the doorstep of Buckingham Palace. It includes three townhouses with private courtyards as well as up to six bedroom suites for those intimate parties. There are also four signature suits, each individually designed to make for a luxurious night’s stay after the event. The hotel has three restaurants including the Michelin-star Quilon.

Conclusion

Hotels offer a great range of facilities, locations and styles to suit every event. Whether you want a small suite for a few people to enjoy each other’s company or a large room for a major event, many of these hotels can offer options to suit all requirements.