World's Weirdest Hotels 3.0: Photos

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Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland: It's hard enough to pronounce "Kakslauttanen" while sober—don't even think about attempting it after a shot of Finlandia vodka. We do, however, recommend a few glasses of the stuff to keep warm while staying at this Finnish resort near the North Pole. (Courtesy Hotel Kakslauttanen)

Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland: The futuristic glass igloos guarantee unrestricted views of the aurora borealis from the comfort of your zebra-striped bed; the phenomenon turns the night sky dazzling shades of green, red, and blue from late August to April. (Courtesy Hotel Kakslauttanen)

Jumbo Stay, Stockholm, Sweden: In the cockpit-located suite, you can move the controls and push as many buttons as you'd like without ever worrying about crashing. (Courtesy Jumbo Stay)

Jumbo Stay, Stockholm, Sweden: The 450 seats on this retired Boeing 747 have been replaced by 27 rooms, and instead of fold-down trays, there are café tables for dining. (Courtesy Jumbo Stay)

Palacio de Sal, Bolivia: If you're one of those people who believe you can never have too much salt, this is the place for you. (Courtesy Palacio de Sal)

Palacio de Sal, Bolivia: From floor to ceiling, including the walls, beds, and chairs, it's all salt, all the time. (Courtesy Palacio de Sal)

Palacio de Sal, Bolivia: The 16-room Salt Palace is located on Bolivia's vast salt flats. (Courtesy Palacio de Sal)

Hotel Utter Inn, Sweden: At first glance, this one-room hotel appears to be a cheery red house in the middle of the lake. But don't be fooled: Your room isn't actually in the house; it's 10 feet underwater. (Courtesy Hotel Utter Inn)

"Hotel Utter Inn, Sweden: Designed by artist Mikael Genberg, the inn's one room has two twin beds and a tinted-glass window. It isn't the most comfortable place to stay, but it certainly will be memorable." (Courtesy Hotel Utter Inn)

Can Sleep, Lake Skanderborg, Denmark: Beer lovers of the world unite here for a full-immersion experience: drinking by day and sleeping in a giant beer can by night. (Courtesy Can Sleep)

Les Roulottes de la Serve, Provence, France: Gypsy (Roma) circus performers once traveled through the French countryside in the three restored caravans that now welcome guests. (Courtesy Les Roulottes de la Serve)

Les Roulottes de la Serve, Provence, France: Owners Pascal and Pascaline Patin outfitted the caravans (roulottes) with eclectic bohemian and Indian touches: lanterns, garlands, woven carpets, framed images of deities, and plush armchairs. (Courtesy Les Roulottes de la Serve)

La Villa Hamster, Nantes, France: Ever wonder what life is like for a hamster? If so, you're not alone—ever since it opened in 2009, La Villa Hamster has been booked almost every night. (Courtesy La Villa Hamster)

La Villa Hamster, Nantes, France: Wrought iron has been affixed to the walls to suggest a cage, and, if they so choose, guests can drink water out of a glass tube attached to the wall. And there's a large, fully functioning hamster wheel, naturally. (Courtesy La Villa Hamster)

Elephant Safari Park Hotel Lodge, Bali: Guests can hang out in the on-site baby elephant nursery and catch the 29 resident Sumatran elephants performing in four shows per day. They roam the property, and you can admire them while you're lounging in the pool or dining in the restaurant. (Courtesy Elephant Safari Park Hotel Lodge)

Elephant Safari Park Hotel Lodge, Bali: Pachyderm "chauffeurs" show up to transport you to and from your room. (Courtesy Elephant Safari Park Hotel Lodge)

Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island, Canada: This five-acre property in an old-growth forest consists of three pods (made of cedar, spruce, or fiberglass, respectively) suspended 10 to 15 feet in the air and accessed by staircases that wind around the trees. (Courtesy Free Spirit Spheres)

Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island, Canada: The teak interiors are surprisingly comfy—each is equipped with a double bed, a microwave, a refrigerator, and even an iPod docking station—but the spheres do sway gently. (Courtesy Free Spirit Spheres)

Wigwam Motel, San Bernardino, Calif.: This motel on Route 66 feels less like a place one might commune with Native Americans and more like something from the set of a Mad Men-inspired, late-1950s road trip. But whatever authenticity this hotel lacks, it makes up for in serious kitsch. (Courtesy Wigwam Motel)