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Travel Picks: Top 10 quirky hotels

Jul 8, 2011, 4:58 a.m.

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Tired of staying in typical, traditional hotels - the kind with large lobbies and hundreds of identical rooms? Then consider a quirkier alternative. To help guide you to the weird and wacky, online travel advisers Cheapflights (www.cheapflights.com) offers its top 10 list of quirky hotels. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Liberty Hotel in Boston

If you're going to spend a night - or more - in jail, this is the place to serve your time. Acting as the Charles Street Jail in Boston starting in the mid-1850s, the Liberty Hotel at the foot of historic Beacon Hill was extensively renovated and opened in 2007. Sporting an ultra-stylish interior design, Italian restaurant and upscale lounge, the present-day hotel makes it hard to imagine it as a home for hardened criminals. Along with extensive in-room amenities boasting stunning views of downtown Boston, the Liberty hosts nightly events like fashion shows and parties.

2. Hotel de Glace in Quebec City

Even though it's built from snow and ice, Hotel de Glace in Quebec remains a red-hot place to stay. Completely rebuilt each winter, the hotel has 36 rooms and suites and is the only ice hotel in the Americas. It also boasts the famous Ice Bar, a perfect spot to warm up, where even the drink glasses are made from ice. More than 85,000 visitors take tours of the frozen accommodations each year, and 4,000 stay overnight. Guests get to choose from a wide array of winter activities including dog-sledding, snowshoeing, ice-skating and cross-country skiing. Our one piece of advice: bring gloves!

3. Kennedy School in Portland, Oregon

You won't mind staying after school at the Kennedy School hotel. A former neighborhood elementary school, the Kennedy was transformed into a luxurious and funky hotel, with guest rooms in former classrooms - complete with school-related décor like blackboards and coatrooms. After-school features include a restaurant, multiple bars, a brewery and a movie theater. Set in an up-and-coming residential neighborhood, the Kennedy draws locals and visitors alike.

4. Desert Cave Hotel in Coober Pedy, Australia

As the world's only internationally rated underground hotel, Desert Cave Hotel in Coober Pedy is an exciting change for surface-dwellers. Set in an opal-rich region of the Outback, the hotel is hewn from sandstone and stays cool and dry, and the luxurious rooms are perfect to return to after a long day exploring the scorching and beautiful surroundings. You'll feel snugger than a baby kangaroo in its pouch when you turn in for the night under down under.

5. Dog Park Bark Inn in Cottonwood, Idaho

This is no ordinary doghouse; it's an inn in the shape of the world's largest beagle, nicknamed Sweet Willy. The Dog Park Bark Inn has guestrooms inside the multi-level interior, including a sleeping alcove in the dog's muzzle. Even toilets are shaped like fire hydrants. Located in Cottonwood, Idaho, there are plentiful outdoors choices, such as the Lewis and Clarke trail, historic monasteries and whitewater rafting. Woof!

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