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Quirky hotels you won't believe actually exist

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Be gone the boring room, banish the dull facade — a new list compiled by TripAdvisor rounds up 12 of the most amazing hotels around the world to tempt the weary traveler.

1. Inntel Hotels Amsetrdam Zaandam, The Netherlands

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This 4-star hotel with its world renowned look is situated next to the Zaandam train station, where the train will take you to the center of Amsterdam within 12 minutes. Also, the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre and Schiphol Airport are easy to reach by train. Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam has 160 unique hotel rooms, a Wellness Club, free Wi-Fi, and its own tourist information office. To learn more, visit the TripAdvisor website.

2. Faralda Crane Hotel Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Grab this unique opportunity to sleep in this towering 164-ft (50-m) landmark. From the spa pool at the top of the crane, enjoy the truly phenomenal views of Amsterdam and the IJ. With just three luxury designer suites available, it offers one of the most romantic experiences to guests. To learn more, visit the TripAdvisor website.

3. Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort, China

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Located on the southern banks of the Taihu Lake in the Zhejiang province. The ring-shaped architecture of the resort's main building arches dramatically over the water, creating an iconic impression on the landscape. The resort features 318 luxuriously furnished guestrooms and villas, a large hot spring spa with 26 indoor hot spring pools, an array of local and international dining facilities, its own wedding island, and a private beach. To learn more, visit the TripAdvisor website.

4. Hotel Jested, Czech Republic

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The building of a restaurant and hotel in the Jested Tower is a unique piece of architecture. Built in the second half of the 1960s, the tower was designed by K. Hubacek, who received the Perret Prize of the International Union of Architects for it. The 3-star hotel features one suite, one family room, 12 double rooms extended with five double rooms of the one-star category. To learn more, visit the TripAdvisor website.

5. 9 Hours Capsule Hotel Kyoto, Japan

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If a sound sleep inside a pod is your idea of de-stressing after a long day, the Capsule Hotel is the right place. This hotel provides the unique concept of sleeping in a trendy capsule, along with enjoying basic, traditional Japanese hospitality. Each capsule comes with towels, toiletries and disposable bed clothes. Just shut the sliding screen, change the settings in the ‘sleep ambient environment’ according to your preferences, and sleep away. learn more, visit the TripAdvisor website.

6. Sun Cruise Resort, South Korea

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The resort is designed in the image of the super-luxurious Royal Caribbean International Sovereign Class. Built on a tall cliff overlooking the Jeongdongjin beach, there are 211 rooms, a revolving sky lounge, a karaoke singing room, a sea water outdoor pool, and provides a gorgeous panoramic ocean view. To learn more, visit the TripAdvisor website.

7. Spitbank Fort, England

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Located near Portsmouth, Spitbank Fort was built in the 1870s to protect the Britain from French invasion. It has now undergone a £3 million makeover, turning into a luxury bread-and-breakfast. Guests can take a taxi boat to reach the hotel, which can accommodate 18 people. Many of the fort’s original features, including the gunpowder rooms, have been kept intact making it a unique getaway experience. To learn more, visit the TripAdvisor website.

8. Free Spirit Spheres, Canada

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Free Spirit Spheres provide a unique experience to guests who get to stay in a sphere suspended from a tree at a height of 10-15 ft (3-5 m) in the middle of a forest. Situated in a coastal rainforest on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, the three 1,100-lb (498 kg) orbs come equipped with a bed, dining table, storage space, built-in speakers and big circular windows for spectacular views of the forest. To learn more, visit the TripAdvisor website.

9. The Aurora Express, USA

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The Aurora Express is a bed and breakfast nestled among towering spruce trees in the western hills of Fairbanks, Alaska. Overlooking the mighty Tanana River and the Alaska Range, this unique property has a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. Sleep in authentic Alaska Railroad trains that have been renovated to reflect the gold rush era of the north. Join hosts Susan and Michael Wilson for Copper River smoked salmon, wild alaskan blueberry jam, fresh fruit, hot coffee and eggs every morning while you hear their stories about life in territorial Alaska. To learn more, visit the TripAdvisor website.

10. Wigwam Motel, USA

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Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Wigwam Motels are a part of a motel chain Wigwam Villages. The rooms are built in the form of teepees and are often referred to as wigwams. Built in 1933 by Frank A. Redford to display his collection of relics, the man turned his interest in Native American history into a business. The wigwams features two double beds, a full bathroom with showers, cable TV and an AC. To learn more, visit the TripAdvisor website.

11. La Balade des Gnomes, Belgium

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Considered one of the wackiest hotels ever in the world, the La Balade des Gnomes in the city of Durbuy is built in the shape of a Trojan Horse! It features 10 brilliantly decorated rooms, one of which – called the Macquarie Island – features a boat-shaped bed that appears to float on real water. There's even an indoor beach with real sand to accompany this. Other rooms come with wooden toadstools and crooked windows to give it a quirky feel. To learn more, visit the TripAdvisor website.

12. Hotel Costa Verde, Costa Rica

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A very quirky hotel made from a 1965 vintage Boeing 727 airframe – salvaged from its San Jose airport-resting place – and set on a plinth in the middle of a forest. It features two luxury bedroom suites with hand carved teak furnishings, queen sized beds, private bath, a TV, kitchenette, dining area, and an ocean view terrace. To learn more, visit the TripAdvisor website.

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