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January 29, 2009

The World's Quirkiest Hotels

When chain hotels have got you singing the travel boredom blues, consider opting for something a bit more exciting — like a quirky hotel to make your trip even more memorable. Here is a list of quirky, bizarre and just plain strange properties that give "Have a nice stay" a whole new meaning.

Quebec-winter-pic1 1. Have an Ice Stay:
Ice Hotel - Quebec, Canada

a breathtaking hotel made of ice, features an ice chapel, theme suites, an ice bar and an art gallery — with ice sculptures, of course. Activities include cross-country skiing, ice fishing, archery, snowmobiling, snow tubing and even dogsled driving. As one TripAdvisor traveler described, "It's like sleeping in a 5-star igloo." The "icetablishment" is only open from January to April; just don't forget your parka and long johns.

2. Jail House Rock:
Malmaison Oxford Castle, England, U.K.
Everything about the Malmaison Oxford Castle is authentic enough to make you feel as if you are in the confines of an actual prison, but with better company. Can a jail hotel be romantic? The first U.K. prison to be converted into a hotel, you can rest assured the property was renovated to ensure for more comfortable accommodations.

Click here to view the complete list of world’s most bizarre hotels.

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