One night at the 300 year old luxury Abbasi Hotel in the Safavid Suite. Cost was 6,460,000 rials ($200) per night (includes breakfast). Five star accommodation at a three star price (by international standards). There is a range of rooms to stay in, priced from about $70.
Located in Isfahan, Iran with a nice central location close to the river and Imam Square. The hotel has always been a place for travellers to stay which is known as a Caravanserai. The Abbasi might be the best hotel in Iran, and the Safavid Suite is an amazing room to stay in.
The last trip we took to Jasper we paid more ($215) to stay at the Jasper Inn, which was hard to choke back. So for $200 a night to stay in the Abbasi Safavid Suite we thought it was a bargin and had to give it a try, if only for a single night.
The inner court yard and fountains are a wonderful place to spend the afternoon having tea. There’s a nice swimming pool, women in the morning and afternoon for men. Some of the hotel reminded us of what the Titanic looked like. Grand staircases and crystal chandeliers.
The breakfast was amazing too. I’ll make a separate post about this.
More information and reviews available on Trip Advisor.
Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa - Conca dei Marini, Italy
Located on the beautiful Amalfi Coast, Monastero Santa Rosa is a luxurious boutique hotel offering 20 rooms and suites, truly amazing gardens, a sunset terrace with breathtaking views stretching from Amalfi to Positano, a large infinity pool sculpted into the cliffs and many other features that will make your stay here an unforgettable experience.
Wiesergut Hotel - Hinterglemm, Austria
Blessed with a stunning location in the midst of the majestic Austrian Alps, the four-story Wiesergut hotel is an eulogium brought to contemporary luxury. Prestigious architects and designers have gathered their forces in order to transform what used to be a 14th century family estate into this stylish alpine retreat where minimalist artistic interiors and state-of-the-art amenities coexist in perfect harmony. The hotel prides itself with 24 luxury suites well-appointed with bespoke furnishings, an ingenious restaurant concept based on fresh, locally-grown produces, as well as a flattering rooftop spa and an alfresco hot tub. The world-class Saalbach ski slopes are right on its doorstep.
North Korea Opens Hotel after Decades of Construction
Authorities very recently opened the Ryugyong, that triangle-shaped hotel that’s long been the tallest building in the Pyongyang skyline. Despite having never hosted a guest, it is older than most j-school students.
Construction on the Ryugyong began in 1987 and was due to be completed two years later, however delays and mis-management prevented Kim Il Sung’s dream of building the tallest building in the world from being realised. Building work halted in 1992 and for nearly two decades it remained a dormant triangle on Pyongyang’s skyline, treated by many as a symbol of North Korea’s economic failure.
If this looks like the place for you, consider contacting Koryo Tours. They supplied the above pictures and are promising to offer a way to visit once the building is finished.
From their blog:
The view was incredible and breathtaking indeed! The inside of the building still has substantial work to be done but the structure of the lobby and dining area and conference room (all on the ground floor) were visible, sources at the site suggest 2 or 3 more years until projected completion at which time hotel rooms, office space, and long term rentals will be available.
H/T: The Atlantic Wire
airplane was converted into a luxury hotel with modern rooms.
Jumbo Stay airplane is parked at the entrance to the Arlanda airport in Stockholm, Sweden. There is a bar, cafe, and many types of rooms with private bathrooms.
From the unconventional and repurposed hotel rooms file.
This time, it’s a “pop-up hotel” that makes use of shipping containers. Currently docked in Antwerp, these lodgings are anything but basic.
The hotel, aptly named, Sleeping Around, claims to employ only ecologically responsible materials.
From their website:
Our pop-up hotel offers […] a compact yet luxurious hotel room, equipped with all the mod cons: a box-spring bed, rain shower, iPod docking station and air conditioning – all contained in a 20ft recycled sea container.