While destinations and travel buddies matter, your choice in lodging can undeniably make or break any vacation. Just think about how much more fun you had in Mexico when the resort accidentally upgraded you to an executive suite, or how terrible of a time you had staying in that hostel without functional bathrooms. Luckily, we’ve searched the globe and compiled this list of eight of the world’s coolest hotels. From simple to extravagant, all-natural to modern, you’re bound to add these destinations to your bucket list.
Coolest Hotel #1: Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta
Carved into the snowy, white Norwegian landscape, the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel is one of the world’s most unique and beautiful hotels. Constructed each fall almost entirely of ice and snow, this 30-room igloo hotel opens its doors to the public each January, housing guests until it melts away in the summer.
With temperatures that hover around 20 degrees Fahrenheit, guests must bundle up in blankets and reindeer furs to stay warm. The destination hotel is within miles of the Alta River, and boasts saunas, hot tubs, signature blue vodka drinks and literally the coolest hotel stay imaginable.
Coolest Hotel #2: Montaña Mágica Lodge
The Montaña Mágica Lodge is one of the coolest hotels in Chile. Shaped like an anthill with water spewing daily from the top, this manmade lodge helps visitors become part of the surrounding forest. The 13-room abode is accessible only by a rope bridge, and offers a number of amenities, including a golf course, bar, sauna and hot tubs carved from ancient tree trunks. Check out this couple’s inside look at the exquisite hotel:
Coolest Hotel #3: Arte Luise Kunsthotel
Each of the 50 rooms that comprise the Arte Luise Kunshotel were created and designed by a specific artist. Situated in Berlin, Germany, this hotel provides needed sanctuary for art aficionados and tourists alike, with many rooms being offered for surprisingly reasonable prices. Since each of the rooms was designed by a different artist, guests can reserve specific rooms based on their artistic preferences.