4 unusual hotels in the United States

Here are 4 very original hotels that you can find in the different states of the United States. So, which one do you like the most?

Travelling and visiting the greatest tourist sites is great, but travelling and coming back with memories full of unusual places is even better. In the United States, there is no shortage of unusual places, landscapes and buildings, both in terms of history and architecture. Today, we are introducing you to 4 unusual hotels.


A hotel on a train

The title tells you everything you need to know about the particularity of this hotel. However, rest assured, this is not about sleeping in an uncomfortable sleeper train. The train does not move and it has been refurbished to offer real rooms.

Aurora Express Bed & Breakfast is located in Alaska near the city of Fairbanks. Spending the night in this small corner of the Alaskan forest, in this train that you can easily imagine blocked by a snowstorm, has a charm that cannot be explained.

Sleeping with the American Indians

Despite the tipis, you are still in a territory belonging to the United States and we hope you have thought about your ESTA because the change of scenery is complete! Each tipi actually hides a large comfortable tent.

Wigwam Village is a hotel chain with seven locations across the United States. Today there are only three left and we recommend the largest of them, the one in Cave City, Kentucky.

Watching the ducks dance

The Peabody hotel, located in Memphis, Tennessee, really looks like a hotel like any other. You will find classic rooms spread over several floors with all the services that can be expected from a hotel.

Its particularity, it is located on the top floor where dozens of ducks live in a $200,000 palace that was specially designed for them by the manager in 1930. Since then, every day at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., the ducks have been marching in the lobby.

If you want to find other hotels located in Memphis, click here.

Sleeping without turning off the light

If there is one type of building that is full of charm and in which we have all dreamed of spending a night, it is a lighthouse. In addition to the breathtaking view of the sea, you can enjoy the gentle feeling of warmth brought to you by the sound of the raging elements when you are at the bottom of your bed.

Heceta Head Lighthouse, located in Oregon, is a former lighthouse that has been converted into a hotel. Don’t worry, if you sleep there, you won’t need to stand guard to prevent the boats from sinking. On the contrary, you will only have to enjoy the comfortable and nicely decorated rooms.

So, which of these hotels are you most interested in?

Construction project in Nepal

Following the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015, we set up an emergency reconstruction project. Today, the results of this initiative are more than convincing, with a total of 96 classrooms built for 9 different schools! This project has enabled 2,160 students to return to school with confidence. As the work to be done in Nepal is still important, we are now focusing our efforts on a General Construction Project, in line with long-term development objectives.

Projects Abroad has been active in Nepal since 1999 and is closely involved with many communities in Chitwan, Kathmandu and Ghandruk in different areas of action.

The initial objective of the emergency reconstruction project launched in 2015 in Nepal was to assist local populations following the destruction caused by the April earthquake, the most violent earthquake ever in the country. More than 24,000 classrooms had been damaged or destroyed, and UNICEF declared that there was “an important need to set up alternative learning spaces for children. Not only to avoid interrupting their school careers and destabilizing them, but also and above all to ensure their safety.

In collaboration with Nepalese experts and volunteers, we have made every effort to help local communities return to as normal a daily life as possible: emergency school facilities and reconstruction of damaged/destroyed buildings. 2018 is a year in which we are very proud of our work on the ground, with a total of 96 classrooms rebuilt in 9 schools. A big thank you to all our volunteers who participated in this emergency reconstruction project!

The lack of public infrastructure in Nepal is still significant, so the project we are working on is now focused on long-term development. We assist rural or disadvantaged communities in the construction of schools or community buildings, depending on real time needs on the ground.

As a volunteer, you will work under the supervision of a professional mason and an engineer and will be involved in the following activities:

  • Construction of schools / community buildings
  • Digging the foundations
  • Mix and apply the cement
  • Mounting the walls
  • Install doors and windows
  • Construction of sanitary facilities (bathrooms, toilets)
  • Painting of buildings (depending on the construction phase)

As part of this construction project in Nepal, all volunteers are housed in guest rooms, run and managed by local staff, and this project is open to all from the age of 16 without qualification(s), as you will be supporting a team of local professionals and will be trained and supervised throughout your mission.