For many travelers, a hotel room is just a place to sleep and store luggage while they explore their surroundings and enjoy local attractions. However, these unique accommodations represent the heart of any journey. These blink-and-you’ll-miss-them pop-up hotels are located around the world and offer amenities for their guests ranging from concierge service to gourmet meals.
1. Ice Hotel, Northern Finland
The best place to view the Aurora Borealis, better known as the Northern Lights, is north of the Arctic Circle. Each winter, the Ice Hotel in northern Finland allows guests the opportunity to do just that. By the time spring arrives, each year’s version of the Ice Hotel is well on its way to melted oblivion.
Each room is actually an igloo created from carved blocks of ice, with an appointed with animal skins to provide warmth and carvings for decorative interest. There is a common area with indoor heat and a fireplace to allow guests to warm up, along with a sauna, Finland’s gift to the world.