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April 21, 2014

Extreme Hospitality!

Cool guest room at Icehotel in Sweden

 

They range from an 8-by-10-foot unit above a coffee shop to an 8,108-room property in Las Vegas, but they all share one thing in common—they’re all extreme hotels that offer travelers a highly unique experience. Curbed recently created a list of the hotels that rank at the very top in the world in different extreme categories.

The Venetian, Las Vegas

Smallest: Central Hotel in Copenhagen, located above the city’s smallest coffee shop, consists of a room with a double bed and flat-screen television.

Tallest: JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is 1,165 feet tall and has twin 77-floor towers. Plans call for a third tower to be added in 2015.

Largest: The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas together offer 8,108 rooms, along with a casino and shopping mall. The property actually is two connected hotels that share one huge complex.

Hotel Everest View, Nepal

Highest-altitude: Hotel Everest View in Namache, Nepal, is 13,000 feet above sea level.

Heaviest: The Fairmount Hotel San Antonio is a 1,451-ton structure that in 1985 was moved from one part of the city to another, five blocks away. The project required 36 dollies, took six days and cost $650,000.

The Fairmount Hotel San Antonio

Northernmost: Radisson Blu Polar Hotel in Svalbard, Norway, is near the North Pole; it has four months of constant sunlight in the summer.

Oldest: Nisiyama Onsen Keiunkan, located in the hot springs are of Yamanishi, Japan, apparently has been operating since the year 705.

Most expensive hotel suite: The Royal Penthouse Suite at Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland, has a top floor consisting of a converted palace, with panoramic views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. The 12,917-square-foot suite boasts four bedrooms, a cocktail lounge with room for 40 guests and six bathrooms—all for $82,433 per night.

Narrowest hotel: Hotel Molinos in Granada, Spain, a nine-room property that is 16 feet wide.

Deepest hotel: The rooms at Sweden’s Sala Silvermine hotel are 508 feet below the earth’s surface and the temperature never rises above 35 degrees.

Coldest hotel: Icehotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, is completely made of ice and its temperature never has risen above 23 degrees. Guests use polar-tested sleeping bags and plenty of fur blankets.

Lobby of Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Hottest hotel: Furnace Creek Resort is located in California’s Death Valley National Park, where the temperature once reached 134 degrees, the hottest ever recorded anywhere.

Best hotel: Burj Al Arab in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has billed itself as “the world’s only seven-star hotel” and “the world’s most luxurious hotel.” The “best” designation is open for debate, but this property does boast personal butlers, Rolls-Royce chauffeur service and private beaches, among other things.

Quietest hotel: Grand Canyon Caverns Cave Motel in Kingman, Ariz., offers complete silence. Guests make a 220-foot descent into the hotel’s shadowy depths to a 220-by-400-foot cavern room that is so dry that no creatures can live there.

Sexiest hotel room: The Corfu Suite at London’s Blakes Hotel received this honor from a panel of judges organized by the boutique booking site Mr. & Mrs. Smith. It boasts sumptuous décor, an irresistible bed and seductive serenity.

Least inviting hotel: Karosta Prison in Liepaja, Latvia, was once a prison, and now it offers guests an opportunity to sleep in a cell and be treated like inmates.

—Dan Johnson

One Response to “Extreme Hospitality!”

  1. Fun Planners says:

    I love blogs like this! I think if I were to ever throw a party in in any these venues, it would definitely make for an interesting event!

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