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An eccentric stay with a story to tell

by Haya Issa |

5 quirky hotels from around the world


Sleeping inside a work of art is the only thing that comes to mind when thinking of the Walled Off Hotel. It boasts its own gallery, a museum, a bookshop and a piano bar. Created by Sami Musa and Dominique Petrin, the hotel features customized rooms by the world’s finest artists (including Banksy). It even includes a barracks room. The view from the window is raw and real; it overlooks the Apartheid wall. There is also a “Wall Mart” in the hotel and is the only store in the Middle East offering bespoke stencil tutorials for decorating the Apartheid wall. You can even rent a ladder to be able to paint on the wall.


Hotel not Hotel is a place where you can stay in Amsterdam and experience art. Created by artist and designer collectives Collaboration-O, Arno Coenen and IRIS, each room has its own identity, story and designer. The hotel as a whole is similar to a capacious living room and features an art-filled exhibition-like lobby.


Perched 2,000 m above sea level, Alila Jabal Akhdar is a luxury resort inspired by ancient forts, which is a traditional Omani construction technique. Overlooking the Al Hajar Mountains, the resort has a unique expression of minimalistic style.


Stay among the trees in the Harads’s forests in this eco-friendly treehouse hotel in Sweden. Built by seven Scandinavian architects, the treehouses are themed and include the bird’s nest, mirrorcube, cabin, 7th room, UFO, dragonfly, blue cone and, last but not least, the guesthouse. There are various activities that can be organized including hiking, moose safari, bear spotting and much more.


This accommodation is certainly an epic adventure! Located in the middle of the mountain, these suites are 90 minutes away from Cusco. The pods cling to a granite slope in the middle of the sacred Valley of Peru, 400m high. It’s a bucket list experience that must be tried.


by Haya Issa

Managing Editor



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