While adventure and pristine sights make a good part of a holiday, hotels or inns or even a humble homestay are another major reason most people look forward to traveling. So, in this article today, let us have a look at six of the most innovative hotels from around the world that have truly redefined the meaning of ‘unique’ when it comes to accommodation concepts.
- Energy efficiency is one of the hottest concepts in the hotel industry. The Tree Hotel, The Svart, etc., are great examples of hotels that use energy efficiently.
- Modern Technology and architecture have allowed people to explore remote areas like the Arctic Circle while still living in luxury.
- Space-saving AI-based design and robotics is the new rage in city hotels like the Yotel.
Crisp white linen, the fancy hot tub, beautiful interiors, or the hotel architecture itself, there is more than one aspect that people look for while making their bookings for the hotels. That particularly holds true in the current times where hotels worldwide are changing the very definition of stylish living from castles to tree-houses, marrying functionality and creativity seamlessly to provide unique experiences to customers.
So, while we all are waiting for travel restrictions to ease around the world, we, at Avlon Shiksha Niketan, one of the best tourism management institutes in Kolkata, thought of getting you a list of some of the most innovative hotel and accommodation concepts from around the world that you all can eye for and add to your ‘to-visit’ bucket list. Read on.
Hotels from Around the World that Redefine Unique
- The Tree Hotel, Sweden
Every child dreams of a treehouse. Some do it, even as adults. So, if your dream has always been to spend a few days amid nature and live like Tarzan, The Tree Hotel should be your number one pick. Nestled in the trees in the remote Swedish village of Harads, this hotel property has six tree rooms and one state-of-art sauna, perched amongst trees at 13-20 feet off the ground.
Some of the most popular tree rooms are the UFO room (that looks like an extra-terrestrial pod) and the Mirrorcube (lined with mirrors on all sides), giving spectacular 360-degree views of the surroundings. The Tree Hotel has hydroelectric heating systems and combustion toilets to effectively incinerate waste, making it a true friend of nature.
- Svart, Norway
This hotel looks straight out of a sci-fi movie and looks as if an alien warlord set up his shop near the Svartisen glacier in the Arctic circle! Well, even if that were true, their choice of location and their energy-first approach is something to admire.
This newly opened luxury hotel (in 2021) is a design wonder and produces more energy than it uses! Svart is the first of its kind energy-efficient hotel complex with 100 rooms, a sustainable farm to feed the four multi-cuisine restaurants, and a design lab.
Equipped with solar panels and hydro-power supplies, the architecture and strategic placement of rooms and facility centers is such that it maximizes solar energy utilization. So, if the Northern lights, Santa’s village, and penguins are on your bucket list, we, at Avlon Shiksha Niketan, would like to assure you that this hotel is definitely your wonderland.
- Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland
Another masterpiece in remote parts of the Arctic circle, this hotel is a testament to technology improving life even in the harshest of climes. Their selling point, glass igloos, and geodesic domes allow you to live like the Innuits but with all modern luxury.
Enjoy the luxurious dance of Aurora Borealis, sip hot chocolate and snuggle up near the fireplace. One night at this hotel is sure to give you the experiences of a lifetime.
- Yotel, New York
So, one for the city lovers, Yotel in the world’s favorite city, New York, takes being futuristic to a different level. These pod-style hotels combine business and luxury seamlessly. Their front desk has a cute nickname, ‘mission control,’ and they offer ultramodern services like self-check-in, a robot concierge called Yobot (isn’t the cutest name for a robot?), and motorized beds that save space in a cramped city like New York.
This hotel is the very definition of space design and showcases optimum utilization of resources.
- The Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, Abu Dhabi
This list had to include hotels from the middle-east. After all, the middle-east is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. The Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort has 212 luxurious rooms sprawled across the vast desert and truly lives up to its name, ‘Mirage Place.’ The resort is complete with a huge pool, Arabic tents as common areas, a luxury spa, and several restaurants serving local delicacies and world cuisine.
If you stay here, wake up early to see the spectacular sunrise, watch camel caravans dallying their way into the vastness of the surrounding desert or take a dip in the amoeba-shaped pool. We, at Avlon Shiksha Niketan, one of the best tourism management institutes in Kolkata, can assure you that the experience would certainly be worth every penny you spend!
- The Green Village Bamboo House, Bali
For all beach lovers out there, here’s our pick (a tough choice, we must admit) for a tropical hotel that is luxurious and quirky at the same time. In fact, we, at Avlon Shiksha Niketan, believe that The Green Village Bamboo House is not just a hotel but a self-sustained community of nature lovers. Every structure (houses, common facilities, hotel rooms, etc.) in this village is made with locally sourced bamboo and offers amazing #instaready photo opportunities.
Staying at the Green Village is the perfect way to live like and with locals while still enjoying the perks of hotels.
While stuck at the homes for more than a year, hoping and praying the pandemic to go away soon, the dream of that perfect holiday is what is keeping a lot of people afloat. Here’s hoping this curated list of innovative hotels is enough fuel to keep your travel fantasies burning till you can pack up and leave on a jet plane! But before you do, check with local authorities about COVID protocols and always mask up. Safety is still the priority.