From a forest house to a snow hut: 3 of the most unusual hotels in the world

Take in the view of the lantern hotel, snuggle up in a Kamakura shack, or fulfill your childhood dreams in a fabulous forest cabin. Below we highlight three special hotels that deserve the attention of travelers.

forest fairy tale

Designed for a local hotel by Shanghai-based architecture studio MONOARCHI, the four cabins sit in the wooded foothills of Mount Tangshan, as it is still known today, outside Nanjing in China. They blend in harmoniously with the natural landscape, offering guests an immersive experience filled with pristine natural beauty and meditative sensibility. Instead of clearing space for huts, the design team adapted their design to the natural features. The monastery huts, which are forested everywhere you look, offer a soothing retreat in close communion with nature, while also highlighting the sustainability of the project.

snow hut

Every year from late January to late February in Kamakura, you can visit a real winter shack and enjoy heavy snowfalls in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. A group of local volunteers started this project about 20 years ago to revitalize the area with snow. They build snow domes 3.5 meters high. The village even has a popular restaurant. Diners can look forward to a menu of hot nabe dishes filled with local ingredients including Chinese cabbage and mushrooms, as well as special koshihikari rice balls.

Lantern hotel

Most recently, the architectural firm Grzywinski+Pons completed a major project for the Locke Group. They placed the 13-story building in East London, perfectly fitting into the urban landscape. The hotel complex offers 103 rooms for guests, a special hall for everyone, as well as a coffee shop and a shop. The appearance of the building can be called restrained, here metal panels are intertwined with soft brickwork.

Nearby houses with their cornices and rounded edges are reflected in the facade of the hotel. But the highlight of the building is the “lantern” effect, which is created by a strip of glass blocks placed at the top of the building.

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