6 Outrageous and Amazing Rentals You Can Afford Part 2
(and two you probably can't)
So we’ve seen rental jail cells, tree house abodes and a traditional ger in Mongolia in the first half of this article. Where else could we possibly stay? Don’t worry, I found 3 other pretty cool spots that won’t empty your pockets entirely. This way to read about the 2 spots you can easily spend a month’s salary in a few nights.
4. Desert Cave — Coober Pety, Australia
It’s hot, sandy and 1000 degrees outside; where do you go to relax? No, not the swimming pool. A cave! That should be the most obvious answer.
There are plenty of cave hotels throughout the world but this one stuck out to me a bit. Sure, it’s underground but it doesn’t seem to be over the top with the whole “sleeping in a hole underground” kind of motif. The website gives a little history on the place. It seems cave people have been living here for a little while, often in search of opal. If you feel so inclined, the hotel offers tours both above and below ground. You can stay above ground if you prefer (and even for a bit cheaper). Though if you make your way to a hotel with cave rooms, I’m not sure why you’d opt to stay above. The underground rooms even feature wifi so I could stay below and finish out my true fantasy of living as a hermit troll. Book a room over here on their website or through hotels.com.
5. Las Cuevas Research Station — Cayo District, Belize
According to its website, the research station is equipped with 4 cabins, a kitchen and a plant dryer room, in cause you need to dry your plants. This is a rather unique place to stay, most occupants are there to do, well, research. The station is rather deep in the jungle toward the border of Guatemala and a pretty good drive from the capital of Belize City. If you have a scientific curiosity or just love nature in general, this research station would be heaven. At one point, I contacted the research station to make accommodations but never went through with it. From what I recall there is no wifi (duh) and you can have meals prepared on site for a fee. I’m pretty sure the closest McDonalds is a few hours away (jk Belize doesn’t even have McDonalds!) A room will run you $30/night and you can contact them through the website to set up something up.
- 6. 12th Century Monastery — Guimarães, Portugal
Coming up last on my list is a historical monastery in a northwestern Portugal town called Guimarães. Wikipedia refers to the city as “an exceptionally well-preserved and authentic example of the evolution of a medieval settlement into a modern town in Europe.” If you got a hankering for amazing architecture, add this to your bucket list. Originally I had searched for a castle converted to a hotel.
There are plenty of those throughout Europe and enough to warrant their own lists. I specifically was hoping to find something Cindarella-esque in the mountains but with a creepier vibe. Most of what I found were glorified mansions or castle way too clean looking to offer the creepy yet novel factor. In comes this beautiful building.
The monastery has been completely and elegantly restored into 51 rooms. Just about half of them were rooms of monks. You can find a golf course, gardens, cloisters and ghosts of monks hanging around. The photos here don’t do it justice. Check out their website and browse through more. This building is gorgeous and if I ever make it to Portugal, I’ll be booking a room here.
The rooms are offered on their website or through hotels.com. Renting a room here will set you back around $120USD/night.