The World's Must-Visit Bucket List Hotels

Team Hoo
16th November 2021

Whether you’re looking for an escape, an unforgettable evening or a chance to experience a stay you’ve never had before, then we have something for you. For this list, we have picked several must-visit bucket-list hotels that are both unique and awe-worthy, providing far more than just somewhere to sleep, but an experience too. So if all you’ve ever wanted from a hotel is a place to rest your head, it won’t be after visiting one of these.

Our 15 Must-Visit Bucket-List Hotels 

All of these hotels, if not already on your bucket list, will be after this. Fancy a coffee in a jungle? Sleeping within your own pod? Or, maybe you’re after a night under the stars? Anything is possible!

Hotel Costa Verde, Quepos, Costa Rica

For a unique experience like no other, consider visiting Hotel Costa Verde and sleeping in their converted two-bedroom Boeing 727 jet or their Cockpit Cottage. Both are set deep into the jungle, with varied views of the pacific ocean. It’s a perfect stay for those who want to feel like they’re flying and those who dream of drinking their morning coffee nestled in the jungle. 

Hotel Costa Verde, bucket list hotel

Nine Hours Otemachi-Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan

Perfect for a quick refresh and a must-visit is a capsule hotel. If this isn’t at the top of your bucket list, it should be. The Nine Hours in Otemachi-Imperial Palace is in a perfect location, providing comfortable beds, places to shower and store luggage. Capsule Hotels offers accommodations ideal for urban stays, and this unique experience is not to be missed when in Japan. 

Nine Hours Otemachi-Imperial Palace, bucket list hotel

Kayun Jungle Resort, Bali, Indonesia

Cocooned in jungle life, Kayun Jungle Resort offers the chance to stay in seclusion with private pools and untouched scenery right outside your door. The rooms come with a host of amenities with surrounding jungle and rice terraces. It’s a quiet but beautiful escape with lush views and expansive scenery. 

Kayun Jungle Resort, bucket list hotel

Bodmin Jail Hotel, Cornwall, England

If you’ve ever wanted to say you’ve spent a night in a jail cell without doing a crime, here’s your chance for a once in a lifetime experience at Bodmin Jail Hotel in Cornwall. This hotel resides in a Grade II listed building, offering surprisingly spacious rooms while serving fantastic food, unlike what you’d come to expect from a prison. The hotel is also dog-friendly, and tours of the jail can also be added as an extra experience. 

Bodmin Jail Hotel, bucket list hotel

Keemala, Phuket, Thailand

While Keemala resort is beautiful, they offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience like no other. Opting for their villa called the Bird’s Nest Villa is something you’ll never forget. Waking up in this suite offers you the views of the sea, rainforest and resort before you step out onto your private outdoor terrace on stilts out in the trees before diving into your private pool high above the ground. 

Keemala, bucket list hotel

Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya

What makes the Giraffe Manor so unforgettable is the herd of Rothschild’s giraffes who visit morning and evening, as well as poke their heads against the windows. This exclusive boutique hotel is in one of Nairobi’s most iconic historic manors, dating back to the 1930s, with elegant gardens, courtyards and terraces to relax in. 

Giraffe Manor, bucket list hotel

Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden

If you’ve ever dreamt of staying in an igloo, now’s your chance with Icehotel 365. Providing an Arctic adventure all year round, this hotel was hand-carved from ice blocks, where you can enjoy a night in ice accommodation, where temperatures range from -2 to -5. The hotel bar also serves drinks in ice glasses with ice sculptures and art all across the hotel to admire. (PS: if you love this idea, check out hoo's guide to some of the world's other most amazing ice hotels).

Ice Hotel, bucket list hotel

Hotel Kakslauttanen, Saariselka, Finland

Whether staying the night in an igloo-pod is high on your bucket list or getting a view of the Northern Lights, then staying at Hotel Kakslauttanen will tick both from your list. Tucked up, you’ll dine and sleep under the twinkling stars, in either an igloo for two or a Kelo-glass igloo that sleeps up to six. On-site, there is also one of the world’s largest smoke saunas and even the chance to jump in at the end of the jetty for a refreshing cold plunge. 

Hotel Kakaslauttenan, bucket list hotel

GoldenEye, Oracabessa, Jamaica

This resort in Jamaica was originally home to Ian Fleming, author of the famous James Bond novels and has a collection of private villas and beach huts. GoldenEye was also the shooting location of the first Bond film adapted from a book, Dr. No. Perfect for anyone who is a fan of James Bond and wishes to say, ‘Shaken, not stirred’ in the exact location as the man himself. In time, it’s also become a laid-back, remote place perfect for a break. What more could you want? 

GoldenEye, bucket list hotel

Calilo, Ios Island, Greece

If you’ve ever dreamt of waking up, diving into your own private pool and eating breakfast on swinging-bed-over-water with views of the cerulean sea, then Calilo has answered your call. The private pools are made from marble, have comfortable swing-beds overhead and are nestled within a cave attached to your room, allowing you complete privacy and unrestricted views of the beach and sea. 

Calilo, bucket list hotel

Faralda Crane Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands

For a unique stay, consider staying the night in this crane in Amsterdam, where this 5-star suite sits atop one of the highest monumental harbour cranes. You’ll need to reach Faralda by elevator, where you’ll find three suites with distinct decor. All three offer unparalleled views and a unique trip away. It’s something you’ll never experience again, and one you won’t help yourself but tell your friends about. 

Faralda Crane Hotel, bucket list hotel

Hotel Hubertus, Olang, Italy

Located in the mountains, Hotel Hubertus is a must-visit in the winter with its notable sky pool. This 25-metres long infinity pool has also been fitted with a glass window so as you swim out you can also see how high up you are. So while you’re feeling close to the snowy peaks, you can look down at the snow beneath you. 

Hotel Hubertus, bucket list hotel

Spitbank Fort, Portsmouth, UK 

Initially protecting Portsmouth Harbour from enemies, Spitbank Fort is now a museum and a luxury retreat where you have 360 views of the water. With luxury amenities, it’s a unique experience requiring a boat to pick you up for your arrival and your two days packed with fun activities catered to you. 

Spitbank Fort, bucket list hotel

Four Seasons Bora Bora, French Polynesia

A must-visit is the Four Seasons Bora Bora, where you can stay surrounded by water as you wake and take long walks on the boardwalks for dinner. The overwater bungalows come with seclusion and plunge pools for private swimming and views of the mountains or beach. The restaurants are also home to renowned chefs and beloved dishes.

Four Seasons Bora Bora, bucket list hotel

The Library Hotel, New York, USA 

A perfect hotel for book lovers and one you’ll never experience anywhere else. Nestled in the famous city that never sleeps, the Library Hotel has an impressive collection of over 6,000 books, all organised by the Dewey Decimal Classification, with guest rooms on that floor mirroring the theme of the categories of classification on that floor. On top of this, rooms are filled with books with plenty of book-inspired art to look at too. 

The Library NYC, bucket list hotel

If you’ve been searching for memorable places with rich experiences to stay at, we hope we’ve found one, if not more, which is perfect for you. From the quirky to the luxurious, each offers something different you have to try out. If the hotels above weren’t already on your must-visit wishlist, we imagine they are now. Have you managed to cross any of these off your bucket list? Let us know on Insta or tweet us @justhooit, and don’t forget to check out how to make an offer on a hotel room with hoo.

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