April 21, 2014
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.
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.
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