Category: Astounding Accommodations

Astounding Accommodations

Los Angeles Hobbit House is a vintage treasure

Created by Disney artist Joseph Lawrence
Created by Disney artist Joseph Lawrence

This fantastical home was recently listed for rent in Culver City, California. It’s so beautifully awesome and intact.

Here’s the entire ad:

Enchanting 2 Bedroom Cottage in “The Hobbit’s House”

Property Address
3819 Dunn Drive | Culver City, CA 90232

Located in prime & hip Downtown Culver City, Here is a rare opportunity to live inside a Storybook cottage straight out of a Fairytale. Known as “The Hobbit’s House”, this unique property was created by Disney artist Joseph Lawrence who spent 24 years creating between 1946 and 1970. This cottage features rustic stone hewn walls, leaded glass windows, and magical looking ponds filled with fish and a family of turtles. The main house features 2 bedrooms and 1 bath, plus a huge bonus room that could be an office or den. The living room that is situated around an original stone fireplace features stained glass windows, nautical details and a bar that is perfect for entertaining. The quaint kitchen comes with a mini-fridge that is built in. 2 bedrooms sit behind a wooden plank door and offer great sunlight, and a view of the fountain and pond at the front of the house. The sparkling green tiled bathroom features a tub/shower combo with a large vanity and great custom built ins. The house also features a 3rd bonus room off of the kitchen that could easily be used as a extra bedroom or entertaining space. This is a truly enchanting cottage that is located just moments from The Kirk Douglas Theater, Trader Joes, fantastic restaurants in Downtown Culver City, and The Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Center and easily accessible to the 10 and 405 freeways

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Created by Disney artist Joseph Lawrence
Created by Disney artist Joseph Lawrence






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Luxury hotel made entirely of salt

Check out this lavish hotel, made from salt.

Sitting on the edge of the largest salt flat in the world stands an amazing and unusual hotel and spa built with one million blocks of salt.

The Palacio de Sal, located in Bolivia, took two years to reconstruct after being dismantled in 2002 and almost everything is built from the salt flat. This includes the chairs, tables, beds and even the swimming pool and golf course. Hotel employees say that many guests are caught licking the walls or furniture just to make sure they are made of salt.
The hotel has 16 twin rooms and 8 double rooms, a sauna, steam room, whirlpool and of course, their own saltwater baths.

A hotel spokesperson states, “Our dining room is indescribable. Guests can enjoy our exclusive and exquisite meals prepared on the basis of salt, flame and lamb meat from the region, or salted chicken.”

Some parts of the hotel need to be maintained and rebuilt each year after the rainy season due to water damage.

Situated 12,000 feet above sea level, stunning sunsets and sprawling starry night skies are an every day event.

Bolivian Salt Hotel

Luna Salada

Tiny apartment transforms into 24 different designs

In Hong Kong, because of the space, apartments are small and expensive. Gary Chang, an architect, decided to design a 344 sq. ft. apartment to be able to change into 24 different designs, all by just sliding panels and walls. He calls this the “Domestic Transformer.”

Love Hotels for Valentines Day


A “Love Hotel” has a very special place in Japanese life. It’s a short-stay hotel, not for sleeping, but for making love. They also have these hotels in Singapore, Hong Kong and other places in Asia. They’re usually for rent from 1-3 hours and you forfeit your room when you leave.

A good book about these places is “Love Hotels” by Ed Jacob.


Although cheaper hotels are often quite utilitarian, higher-end hotels may feature fanciful rooms decorated with anime characters, equipped with rotating beds, ceiling mirrors, or karaoke machines, strange lighting or styled similarly to dungeons, sometimes including S&M gear.


Love hotels can usually be identified using symbols such as hearts and the offer of a room rate for a “rest” as well as for an overnight stay. The period of a “rest” varies, typically ranging from one to three hours. Cheaper daytime off-peak rates are common.



These hotels are typically either concentrated in city districts close to stations, near highways on the city outskirts, or in industrial districts. Love hotel architecture is sometimes garish, with buildings shaped like castles, boats or UFOs and lit with neon lighting. However, some more recent love hotels are very ordinary looking buildings, distinguished mainly by having small, covered, or even no windows


It is estimated that more than 500 million visits to love hotels take place each year, which means around 1.4 million couples, or 2 percent of Japan’s population, visit a love hotel each day.


Alternative names include “romance hotel”, “fashion hotel”, “leisure hotel”, “amusement hotel”, “couples hotel”, and “boutique hotel”.


Instead of Gideon Bibles, many Love Hotels instead have menus where guests can order lube and sex toys.


No-tell love hotels cash in catering to the carnal (Japan Times)

Guide to Japan’s Love Hotels

Love Hotel Information Site

Amazing Steampunk Home Makeover!

Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum of Sharon, Massachusetts have  remodeled their 1901 Craftsman style Victorian home with an unusual steampunk design aesthetic, and actually have a business where they will give your home it’s own Steampunk Home Design. 






Read the Steampunk Workshop’s wonderful account of their visit to Bruce and Melanie’s home for the detailed description of the artistic and functional updates to this makeover, plus many more detail photos. It looks so intriguing and comfortable that I’m all ready thinking of ways to seriously employ this aesthetic into parts of our 1914 home.

And a Tip-o-th-hat to Cory Doctorow at for the heads-up on this gem!

Hang Nga Guesthouse and Art Gallery

The official name is Hang Nga Guesthouse and gallery, but all locals refer to it as the crazy house. And when you stand in front of its entrance it is easy to see why: this house is indeed strange.


The house is owned by the daughter of the ex-president of Vietnam, who studied architecture in Moscow.


It does not comply with any convention about house building, has unexpected twists and turns, roofs and rooms. It looks like a fairy tale castle, it has enormous “animals” like a giraffe and a spider, no window is rectangular or round, and it can be visited like a museum.


The Craziest Getaway: Hang Nga Guesthouse from Apartment Therapy


Crazy House from Touristino


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Spend the night in a Boeing 727


You can in Costa Rica if you book a night in The Fuselage Suite – one of “ten wild places to lay your head” that the London Guardian features on its website. “Bringing a whole new meaning to the term crash pad, The Hotel Costa Verde, overlooking the Pacific beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park, has salvaged a vintage 1965 Boeing 727 airframe from its resting place at San Jose airport and turned it into a two-bed suite for guests to live out their Lost fantasies,” the Guardian writes. The hotel’s website features a full spread of The Fuselage Suite.

The most amazing hotel pools

Hotel: San Alfonso del Mar, Algarrobo, Chile

Why It’s Cool: You can take small sailboats out on this saltwater pool that Guinness World Records calls the largest in the world. At two thirds of a mile in length, the massive stretch of water has room for several man-made sand beaches. For nighttime swimming, head to the temperature-controlled beach inside the pool’s centrally located glass pyramid—the water and the sand are heated.

Amazing Hotel Pools Slideshow

Valentine Red Room


valentine-red-room.jpg Here’s a very red room we stayed in last August at The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California. They named it the Tack Room. I had red leather wall covering, red leather bedspreads, red stained wood walls, pink marble pedestal sinks, and lots more red stuff.
I wonder who’s staying there this Valentines Day?

See our full set of photos from the extraordinary Madonna Inn

The Madonna Inn has 109 unique theme rooms where you can stay, as well as multiple odd over-the-top dining environments. You can/should see photos of all 109 rooms here.

Click "Tour Our Rooms Online" at the top right, and then the "Next " button under the photos to tour through each room.

Pools Gone Wild

Pool Party

The hottest parties in Vegas aren’t at the clubs. They’re by the pools.

Nestled in a corner past the Mirage’s general pool area, beyond the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat and down a winding concrete path, is Bare, the hotel’s exclusive, adults-only pool. Shrouded in greenery and teak paneling, the velvet-roped entrance is guarded by an employee who checks IDs.

Pools Gone Wild

Hobbit Motel

Hobbit Motel

If you’re looking for truly off-the-wall accommodations, look no further than Woodlyn Park, in Waitomo, New Zealand, where three different motels thrill vacationers: a 1950s freighter plane (said to be one of the last Allied planes to leave Vietnam); a 1950s rail car that sleeps six; and a hobbit motel (allegedly the world’s first) dot the landscape of a working farm a few minutes from the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. You can choose to sleep in the plane’s cockpit or tail, the train itself, or the circular-windowed rooms of the hobbit hotel. Woodlyn Park itself is also the beneficiary of some renown, given it hosts the Kiwi Culture Show, a unique New Zealand attraction involving sheep shearing and interaction with native animals.

Hobbit Motel

Offbeat Hotels

Wigwam Motel

There’s a hotel out there to satisfy most every curiosity—whether you’re into marine life, wildlife, or Eskimo life—but we’ve narrowed the choices down to ten stand-out properties ranging from low-cost to luxe. So say goodbye to so-so lodging and catch your zzz’s in one of our favorite offbeat hotels. Pick from a 1950s freighter jet, a former prison cell, a treetop lodge, a onetime royal haunt, and more.

Offbeat Hotel Photo Tour

Dog Park Inn

Dog Park Inn

Dog Bark Park Inn is a bed & breakfast guesthouse inside the World’s Biggest Beagle. Guests enter the body of the beagle from a private 2nd story deck. Some of the dog’s decorative furnishings are carvings by Dog Bark Park chainsaw artists Dennis & Frances. Inside and up another level to the head of the dog is a loft room with additional sleeping space plus a cozy alcove in the muzzle.

Dog Park Inn back shot

At Dog Bark Park Inn sleeping in the doghouse is a good thing!

Dog Park Inn

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