Why not stay in a helicopter, silo or a crane rather than a normal hotel?


Sleep in a silo, check into a church or snooze in a crane – it seems wherever you go there are weird, wacky and wonderful hotels waiting to be discovered.

Church or carriage


Where: Queensland, Australia

At Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, guests can book into the property’s 125-year-old timber country church (above), which has been converted into loft accommodation with a living room downstairs. If you’re more into vintage trains, opt to sleep in the Victorian train carriage from the late 1800s, or a 60-year-old restored Queenslander carriage complete with curved wood ceilings and ensuite bathroom.

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Where: Christchurch, New Zealand

From a distance, Silostay’s eight corrugated iron grain silos (above) fit seamlessly into the agricultural landscape of Little River, a rural town on New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula. Up close, they’re a little more special. These custom-built silos have been repurposed as unique eco-friendly accommodation units featuring a queen-size bed and ensuite bathroom upstairs, and a fully equipped kitchen and living area below.



Where: Scotland, UK

High-flyers will appreciate the luxury laid out in a decommissioned Royal Navy ZA127 Sea King helicopter on a farm in Stirling, Scotland. There’s a kitchenette and lounge in the former cockpit, a bathroom where the sonar station used to be, and beds for five people including one in the chopper’s tail (above). The flight deck has refitted swivel seats and a table made from an old fuel tank cover, but the original dashboard, roof panel switches and foot pedals remain.

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Where: Melbourne, Australia

On a rooftop in Melbourne’s inner city, Notel “is like no hotel you’ve ever been to”. It’s an outdoor space with six beautifully shiny chrome Airstream trailers (main photo), each of them refitted (above) with a queen-size bed, ensuite bathroom, lounge complete with bar fridge, and a deck opening onto a communal space surrounded by an amphitheatre of glittering night lights. Upsize to the Airstream With Benefits for a private open-air spa bath.



Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Towering above Amsterdam’s creative NDSM quarter, Crane Hotel Faralda is one of the city’s most iconic constructions. Its three split-level suites sit within the vertical column of the metal crane, with the IJ river and city sprawling 50m below. The suites feature plush interiors, queen-size beds, freestanding baths and plasma TVs. At the top of the crane, which incidentally still swings in the wind, there’s a spa bath.

Photos: Supplied

Story originally appeared on SilverKris.

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