Quirky beds in the woods.
Alexander Wright 16 Mar 2018

There are now so many unique and wonderful places to stay that it is impossible to curate a list or rank them in any meaningful order.

How newspapers, magazines and websites can compile a "top 10" list of anything is ridiculous as the number and variety is too great to process. Just like the "top 10 beaches" or "top 10 romantic restaurants" there is no way any one journalist or travel writer can possibly visit enough to comment, unless it is very specific such as "Best mountain restaurant in Courchevel". So instead, with your help, we want to simply feature/share some of the coolest places and we invite fellow SWAPX travellers to help us identify the best and most unusual.

China: The Qiyunshan Tree House Hotel in the Huangshan mountains has been designed by Shanghai architects Bengo Studio. The individual pods are a collection of boxes, stacked vertically around a central tower to give all-round views of the surrounding woodland to guests. Each pod has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lounge and viewing gallery as well as an outdoor deck. The decor is simple so as not to detract from the views. For more photos read this Dezeen article.

Sweden: Treehotel was inspired by the film The Tree Lover and the result is a stylish and comfortable collection of tree pods from which you can experience the beauty of the forest. The cost from SEK 4,900 per night (+/- £445). Located in Harads, near the Lule river, about 100 kilometers from Luleå airport. Interestingly, the 'basecamp' is a hostel where you check-in and eat (breakfast is included).

These days some of the best unusual places are to be found on Airbnb. 

Take The Pond House in Ashfield, Massachusetts, available from $165 per night (+/- £132)

We aren't sure if the dog is included! Meanwhile if you do want one travel website's choice of top treehouse hotel recommendations click here. I dont suggest consulting Trip Advisor as you will get a collection of (dull) hotels in or near "Woodland" California!

Send us your own favourites: we would love the SWAPX community to suggest more categories and places such as 'best beds afloat', 'sleeping soundly underground' or 'urban gems' etc.

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