Monday, August 24, 2009

"Novelty Seeking" Tourism

Research says that a growing number of travelers are choosing "Novelty" vacations. Are you one of them?


How about booking a stay at these rooms that were made from unused sewer pipes? If so, check into Das Park Hotel in Austria.





Maybe a capsule room when you stay in Japan?





A refurbished 1965 Boeing 727 airframe is now part of the Hotel Costa Verde in Costa Rica. I wonder if the bathroom is teeny-tiny?


The '70s-era escape pods make up the traveling Capsule Hotel in The Netherlands. Red-Alert not included.



The four enormous casks on the grounds of the Hotel de Vrouwe Van Stavoren in The Netherlands once held almost 20,000 bottles of wine. I bet the room has an oakey flavor (easy pun, sorry).



I'd totally stay in a chocolate hotel. Wonder if there is one somewhere. For more go to Unusual & Unique Hotels of The World





Hyde, K. (2008). The Vacation Flexibility Index: A Measure of Independence in Vacationer Behavior Tourism Analysis, 13 (5), 437-444 DOI: 10.3727/108354208788160423

22 comments:

Rae said...

Dr. Deb, If you stay in the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, PA ... it's the closest thing to chocolate heaven you'll ever find. The staff turns down your pillows at night with two Hershey's Kisses, and you wash with chocolate soap. The spa offers a chocolate pack, and the desserts in the restaurant could seriously satisfy the most voracious chocolate lover. They are fantastic. Did I mention that the entire town of Hershey smells of chocolate? It's true.

Dr. Deb said...

Ooohhh.

Thanks for the info :)

I have been there, but a looooong time ago. Time to revisit, I think!

Wanda's Wings said...

Hershey PA sounds like fun. Chocolate. The other places looked a bit cramped.

srose said...

Dr. Deb,

If you do go to the chocolate hotel, be sure to wave to me because I will be there already..with a bit of chocolate on my hands...ok, maybe on my face too..LOL

CrackerLilo said...

I lived in a Jayco camper--the really tiny kind, that gets cramped on a *weekend*--between the ages of five and seven. I have no interest in replicating that experience in any way. Even in an Amtrak sleeper berth, you can get out and walk around and stuff.

OHN said...

With the exception of the jumbo jet, all I could think was CLAUSTROPHOBIA in the other places! I need to breathe :)

Xmichra said...

i would like to go to the ice hotel. it is a beauty for sure. I am very used to the cold, so i figure at least i would be surrounded by twinkle lights and sculptures. lol..

Casdok said...

Not sure about these - but yes they are certainly novel!

Marj aka Thriver said...

Thanks for this cute post; I needed something light. Hey, at least they're recycling, huh? ;)

Ms.L said...

Those places are really neat!
We recently stayed in a small octogon cottage..that was an adeventure.

Jade said...

Hmmmm if and when I'm able to get away, I definitely require more than an old sewer pipe! hahaha. I want a bed, a shower, walking room, a view, and wine!

Thanks for checkin in Deb, finally sat down and posted.

dawn said...

They don't look very comfortable to me, but they have a definite "interesting" factor to them. :)

Lisa Marie said...

Haha! I saw those orange pod things when I was in Amsterdam a couple summers ago. I had no idea that's what those were!!!

Those little vestibules in Japan would make me so claustrophobic. I'm almost freaking out just looking at it!!!!

jumpinginpuddles said...

i prefer my normal five star hotel thanks :)

jenji said...

Love it.

Although I kinda already have the sewer pipe covered since the line to my house decided to crack and screamed: FIX ME!

lovely really.
jenji

Sandy Andrews, PhD said...

Are we sure these aren't vehicles to treat claustrophobia? All night flooding treatment centers?

Grumpy Old Man said...

This harks back to the "Seinfeld" episode where Kramer had Japanese tourists sleeping in the drawers of his giant dresser.

If I have to live in a womb, give me one with a view, please.

mrwriteon said...

I'm sorry but I am too conventional. I just want a comfortable room with a king-size bed and maybe even a jacuzzi tub.

Dr. Deb said...

I don't get away too often so when I travel I like having the most comfortable and accessible room...so this would be too adventurous for me as well. I love that others can be find fun in such novelty. A friend of mine spent time in a lighthouse and said it was great fun.

Vive la difference

PTC said...

Cool, but I wouldn't want to do it. I'd stay in the airplane though!

Clueless said...

I really loved this and was wondering if I could use it for my other blog, http://SomethingJust.blogspot.com.

Christy A. Cole-Burrows said...

I loved this post! I stayed at Costa Verde years ago... Apparently BEFORE the jet was incorporated!