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Stay in a hotel shaped like a crocodile (and other hotel oddities)

Hotels come in all shapes and sizes, but these accommodations let you sleep in the hull of a massive landlocked boat, in the belly of a crocodile, and at the top of a lotus flower. They’re all hotels, but you’d hardly know it from the look of them.

  • 1. Jumbo Stay — Stockholm, Sweden‎

    Jumbo Stay — Stockholm, Sweden‎

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    On the grounds of Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport sits Jumbo Stay, the world’s first jumbo jet hostel. A decommissioned Boeing 747 was converted into accommodations with 27 rooms, including a cockpit suite. The hostel also has a cafe and bar that non-guests are welcome to visit.

  • 2. Dog Bark Park Inn — Cottonwood, Idaho

    Dog Bark Park Inn — Cottonwood, Idaho

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    It’s a bed and breakfast shaped like a dog—a beagle, to be exact. Locals fondly refer to Dog Bark Park Inn as "Sweet Willy." The inn is owned and operated by a husband and wife who are also chainsaw artists, and many pieces of furniture and decoration in Dog Bark Park were created by the duo.

  • 3. Marina Bay Sands — Singapore

    Marina Bay Sands — Singapore

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    The SkyPark at the Marina Bay Sands resembles a boat and sits precariously on the resort’s three 55-story towers overlooking Singapore’s Marina Bay. The SkyPark includes a number of restaurants, the world’s largest cantilever and observation deck, and a famous infinity pool that makes it feel like you're swimming right up to Singapore’s skyline.

  • 4. Wigwam Motel — Holbrok, Arizona

    Wigwam Motel — Holbrok, Arizona

    © Efrain Padro / Alamy

    Located off historic Route 66 in Arizona, you’ll find the Wigwam Motel, a hotel where the rooms are shaped like teepees. The motel is one of three locations remaining from a larger chain of wigwam-themed accommodations built in the 1930s and 40s. The other two motels are located in California and Kentucky, and all three are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • 5. Kakadu Crocodile Hotel — Kakadu, Australia

    Kakadu Crocodile Hotel — Kakadu, Australia

    © David Wall / Alamy

    The Kakadu Crocodile Hotel pays homage to the area’s infamous reptile both in name and in shape—from above, the hotel resembles a saltwater crocodile. Appropriately, it’s located in the Kakadu National Park.

    Check out more uniquely shaped and sized hotels around the world.

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