Destinations Where Hotels Are The Star Attraction

Break the mold and experience one-of-a-kind accommodation with this 
TORONTO, April 3, 2013 /CNW/ - We all travel for our own reasons; whether it's 
to get a break from daily life, to try local cuisine, or to check out a 
popular attraction. But have you ever travelled just to visit a specific 
hotel? Well, if you're looking for a break from the tried-and-true chains, or 
another excuse to take a vacation, the travel experts at® have you 
covered. For a unique sleeping experience looked to its Hotel Price 
Index™ (HPI™) as inspiration for this list of eight hotels where an 
overnight stay can be as memorable as the trip itself. 
Hotel: Featherbed Railroad Company
Location: Nice, California, U.S.
What makes it stand out? If you grew up with Thomas the Tank Engine, this 
hotel will make your childhood dreams come true. The hotel features nine 
railway cabooses, all individually decorated in themes ranging from Las Vegas 
bordello to Easy Rider, which actually comes with an "Easy Glider" chair with 
saddlebags, Harley Davidson touches and a headboard with handlebars. According 
to the HPI, if you're Canadian you may already be planning a trip to this 
popular state, which has two Californian cities on the Top 10 International 
Destinations list. So we think a visit to "Nice" just makes sense! 
Hotel: Capsule Hotel and Sauna Cosmo Plaza Akabane
Location: Tokyo, Japan
What makes it stand out? As the name suggests, it's not a big space. In fact 
it's just big enough for travellers to crawl in and get caught up on sleep. 
Not for the claustrophobic traveller, this modern sleeping area is worth 
checking out for those looking for a futuristic experience - plus if you're on 
a tight budget, this option is extremely wallet-friendly. This city is also 
increasingly popular among Canadians, cracking the Top 50 International 
Destinations list in 2012 to sit at number 31. 
Hotel: Hotel Im Wasserturm
Location: Cologne, Germany
What makes it stand out? A stay in this cool hotel gets you an inside view, 
literally, of some of Germany's history. This landmark is the biggest water 
tower of the 1800s and although it was redesigned inside to house 88 rooms, it 
maintains its classic heritage. 
Hotel: Jumbo Stay
Location: Arlanda, Sweden
What makes it stand out? The Ice Hotel has some serious competition, as this 
pick is made from a grounded 747 (that's a jumbo jet for non-plane 
enthusiasts). The décor and colours are an homage to the 1970s - known as the 
golden era of air travel. There are 25 guest rooms with one located in the 
cockpit, plus the rooms come equipped with LCD TVs where you can view the 
schedule of departures.  
Hotel: Sarah Cruise
Location: Venice, Italy
What makes it stand out? There's no better way to get into the Venetian mood 
than by sleeping on the water. This eco-friendly, 25-room boat is actually a 
bed and breakfast so you can spend your mornings dining on the deck (weather 
permitting of course). Ever popular Venice is a go-to for romance. The city 
sailed up four spots in 2012 on the HPI Top 50 International Destinations list 
to number 26. 
Hotel: Madonna Inn Resort & Spa
Location: San Luis Obispo, California, U.S.
What makes it stand out? Contrary to its name, this property was not named 
after the famous entertainer - although it is just as unique. It includes 110 
guest rooms with names like "Austrian Suite," "Safari Room," and "Jungle Rock" 
that feature a variety of eclectic designs to cater to a range of tastes. Fans 
of "The Bachelor" might recognize this property since it was featured in 
Season 14. 
Hotel: Burj Al Arab
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
What makes it stand out? While this hotel isn't for the budget-conscious (it's 
upwards of $2,000 per night), it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to feel 
like royalty. Shaped like a sail and located on a private island with a 
private beach, this hotel takes luxury to new levels. While we expect this 
extravagant city would appeal to everyone, it has experienced increased 
interest from Canadian travellers and in 2012 entered the Top 50 International 
Destinations list at number 44. 
Hotel: Dream Cave Pension
Location: Goreme, Turkey
What makes it stand out?
This hotel is located in an area of Turkey known for its unusual rock 
formations, so it only makes sense that they'd build one into a hotel, right? 
Although the surrounding area is quite beautiful, the option of staying in a 
fairy chimney makes it a good enough selling point for us. 
It's time to get inspired and just because you sleep in a hotel, doesn't mean 
it needs to be boring. For more travel inspiration, the HPI is a great 
resource. Whether you're looking for five-star hotels that won't leave you 
broke, or the next up-and-coming destination, this report and website will 
give you the inside scoop. So get packing. 
About the HPI™ 
The HPI is a biannual report that looks at hotel prices in cities all around 
the world. The data is based on bookings made through the website 
and the prices listed are the actual prices paid by Canadians - not advertised 
rates. The report examines prices paid in 2012. 
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