Looking for a memorable vacation to get over your post-pandemic blues? Then this quick checklist of the world’s coolest hotels will sort you out quick.

The current state of the hospitality industry is still in dire need of a pick-me-up, largely due to travel being restricted domestically. Still, some hotel operators are already putting together impressive abodes to welcome guests soon.

As we wait for the pandemic to dissipate, so we can all travel again, these are of the world’s coolest hotels that we will want to check-in to.

Wagons Ahoy

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A taste of the wild west (Image: Conestoga Wagon Co.)

Get a feel of the wild west by staying a night or two in one of these luxury wagons. Built by the Conestoga Wagon Co., these luxury wagons can be found at various resorts across the U.S., allowing vacationers to create their very own pioneer trail across the country. The wagons are built on real wagon wheels and feature a well-appointed interior. Each Conestoga Wagons can sleep up to six people on a king bed and bunk bed set, and feature a wagon wheel table, optional A/C and heating and multiple USB charging ports.

East River Escape

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The lobby of the Graduate Roosevelt Island (Image: Graduate Hotels)

What was once a former prison and asylum is now one of New York’s most prominent destinations. Roosevelt Island, a two-mile long stretch of land nestled in the East River is primed and ready for an exciting future. In addition to being home for Cornell Tech’s new campus, the island will also be the site for a 224-room hotel owned and managed by Graduate Hotels.  Easily accessed by the F Train, tram, NYC ferry or car, the property boasts a 5000 sq ft lobby with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a 13-foot statue of artist, Hebru Brantley’s iconic Flyboy character. Set to welcome guests in June, each room comes with unobstructed views of the New York skyline.

Life In A Bubble

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Don’t you love unobstructed views? (Image: Buubble Hotel)

Living in a bubble is not often construed as something positive but in the case of the Bubble Hotel in Iceland, we will make an exception. The hotel stands apart from most by providing its guests with a transparent bubble to stay in. This allows guests to sleep with a full view of the stars, or if you’re lucky, the magic of the northern lights. With an uninterrupted view of the natural surroundings and being close to nature, guests gain a unique perspective with each stay. In the summer, bask in the glory of the never-ending midnight sun. In the winter, the abode transforms into a virtual snow globe.

Tall Order

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Giraffe Hall (Image: Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve)

Love Giraffes? Well, a UK hotel and reserve is putting together an abode that will get you up close and personal to your favourite animal. Set to open in 2022, Giraffe Hall, which is part of the Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve in Kent, will offer vacationers a stay in a fully restored 15th century house. But its true appeal is the resort’s neighbours, who just so happen to be giraffes. The herd is part of several exotic wildlife species that roam the 600-acre nature reserve. Giraffe Hall not only provides a good vantage point of exploring the grounds and interacting with its star attractions but also offers an amazing view of the sprawling Kent countryside.

Wild Side Of The Tracks

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A view of a room in Kruger Shalati (Image: Thebe Tourism Group)

The Kruger National Park in South Africa is arguably the world’s most famous national park. But for guests who want the opportunity to experience the reserve’s many animals, the Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge provides the ideal setting. The luxury hotel is made of vintage train cars that sit atop of the historic Skukuza Bridge. Situated some 50 feet above the Sabie River, the luxurious abode offers guests a bird’s eye view of the park. Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge boasts 24 rooms, a central lounge car, observation area as well as an outdoor pool deck.

Space Adventure

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All aboard the Galactic Starcruiser (Image: Disney Parks)

Trust Disney to give Star Wars fans the ultimate memorable vacation. The new Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, which is currently being completed, is a themed hotel based on the beloved sci-fi franchise. Located adjacent to the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge theme park in Hollywood Studios, Orlando, guests will ‘board’ the Halcyon, a starship which transport them to exotic expeditions in a galaxy far, far away. In addition to allowing guests to live out their sci-fi fantasies, the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel will also offer themed passenger cabins. The rooms are inspired by the Star Wars universe, boasting a futuristic look and feel. Each room also features its own ‘window’ with a view of the galaxy.

Out Of This World

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What the Voyager Station may look like (Image: Orbital Assembly Corporation)

The Voyager Station may not exactly qualify as one of the world’s coolest hotels, because its technically not on earth. However, if the vision for Voyager Station comes through, then it will probably deliver the ultimate escape for holidaymakers. That’s because it will be situated in outer space, orbiting earth. Although it sounds insane, the Orbital Assembly Corporation, the company behind the project is aiming to build the luxury space hotel by 2027. If successful, Voyager Station will be able to accommodate 280 guests and will feature artificial gravity courtesy of a rotating ring structure. The space hotel will also offer zero-gravity experiences and recreational activities including a restaurant that serves ‘space food’ such as freeze-dried ice cream.

written by.
Richard Augustin
Former chef turned writer; Richard has tip-toed around the publishing industry for two decades. When not busy chasing deadlines, you can still find him experimenting with recipes in the kitchen.

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