VirtualTourist.com Announces the Top 10 Most Unusual Places to Stay

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VirtualTourist.com releases its list of the top 10 most unusual places to stay. From a tree house to a working monastery, the list is based on the expert insight and feedback from the site's members.

Giraffe Manor Photo Credit: VirtualTourist.com Member Homanded

With limited vacation time, there's no reason your lodging shouldn't be part of the travel experience. These options, which range from converted train cars to converted prisons, give you something to talk about before you even start sight-seeing.

VirtualTourist.com, the largest online travel research site and travel community in the world, reveals its picks for the top ten most unusual places to stay, both in the U.S. and internationally. Of the list, VirtualTourist.com general manager, Giampiero Ambrosi says, "With limited vacation time, there's no reason your lodging shouldn't be part of the travel experience. These options, which range from converted train cars to converted prisons, give you something to talk about before you even start sight-seeing."

1) Edisto River Treehouses; Canadys, South Carolina: For those who refuse to grow up, a stay in a tree house is a dream come true. Not only is it fun, but it's clean, safe, and very reasonable.

2) Celica Hostel; Ljubljana, Slovenia: If you've always wanted to spend a night in the slammer, now's your chance. Once a military prison, this happening hot spot is now an art gallery/youth hostel.

3) Schottenstift Monastery; Vienna, Austria: If the bellboys look like monks, you're not imagining things. This hotel is actually a functioning monastery where your wake-up call might just be chanting.

4) The Red Caboose Motel; Strasburg, Pennsylvania: All aboard! Although they once traveled from city to city, these little red cabooses now function as private hotel rooms. Needless to say, kids go crazy for this place.

5) Propeller Island; Berlin, Germany: Art lovers rejoice! From upside-down rooms to levitating beds, it's the next best thing to spending the night in a museum.

6) Schlosshotel Schönburg; Oberwesel, Germany: For a true fantasy experience, nothing beats a night in a genuine castle. In spite of its long history, all modern amenities, including Internet service, are available to guests.

7) Ariau Amazon Towers; Near Manaus, Brazil: Connected by a series of catwalks, eight buildings comprise this compound, which has become a favorite of celebrities and everyday travelers alike.

8) Hotel Sidi Driss; Matmata, Tunisia: The force was with the cast and crew of Star Wars when they filmed at this out-of-this-world property. The amenities are minimal, but at less than $20 a night, so is the price.

9) Euromast; Rotterdam, The Netherlands: A tourist attraction by day, this imposing tower becomes an exclusive hotel at night. Those wishing to give it a go should book early; the tower's two suites fill up three months out.

10) The Giraffe Manor; Nairobi, Kenya: Don't bother with a "Do Not Disturb" sign. The long-necked visitors who peek in through the windows of this extraordinary compound will just ignore it.

About VirtualTourist.com
VirtualTourist.com is one of the largest online travel communities in the world and a premier resource for travelers seeking an insider perspective on travel information, from Las Vegas hotels to New York City restaurants. At http://www.virtualtourist.com, real people share real advice on places they've traveled as well as their hometowns; they research and plan trips, and they interact with other avid travelers via travel forums and email; over six million travelers use the site monthly. VirtualTourist boasts more than 1.6 million travel reviews and 3 million photos on more than 58,000 destinations worldwide. Unbiased, user-generated content on Hotels, Attractions, Local Customs, Tourist Traps and much more is posted entirely by VirtualTourist's more than one million registered members from over 220 countries and territories, and the site's Trip Planner feature allows users to create custom print-and-go travel guides. Among VirtualTourist's awards and accolades: 'Sites that Changed Our World,' The Guardian; 'Favorite Website,' Newsweek; '35 Best Travel Sites,' Travel Leisure.

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