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The Propeller Island City Lodge


Over the past few weeks and months we have brought you the very best unusual accommodation the England, Ireland, Scotland and most of Europe has to offer, however when we came across The Propeller Island City Lodge in Berlin, Germany we thought it deserved a page just to itself.

Now this isn’t just a hotel with a theme and 30 rooms to go with it, but a hotel with 30 different themes, and everyone is mind blowing and unique! And unique is meant quite literally, for the entirety of all furnishings and other objects you will discover here are custom-made, individual handiwork. Every room is made without compromise.

In December 1997, German musician and artist Lars Strorschen rented out rooms in his Berlin home to supplement his income. Bored with the idea of a traditional guest room, Storschen decided to create four uniquely themed rooms for his guests: the Symbol room, the Orange room, the Castle room, and the Mirrors room. He named the hotel Propeller Island City Lodge, based on the pseudonym he had adapted from the Jules Verne novel of the same name.

This caught the imagination of the public, and as the hotel's popularity grew, Strochen purchased more vacant space within the same building, and in 1998 began designing 27 moire guest rooms. Floors 1 and 2 were opened in 2001, and the hotel's 3rd floor was completed in August 2002. As of 2013, the hotel consists of thirty rooms, as well as an art gallery, reception area, and breakfast room.

Each room is considered more a work of art than a practical living space, and as such many are furnished with damageable or fragile materials. Guests are provided with a manual outlining specific rules for the care of their room's decorative touches. The rooms are not equipped with television or commercial radio, but there is a sound system featuring soundscapes recorded by Strorschen himself.

List of Rooms

4 beams - Bed is suspended by ropes and surrounded by four large wooden posts
Blue room - Room draped completely in blue with mirrored stainless steel "sails" on the walls
Castle - Fortress-styled furnishings and abstract architecture painted on the walls
Dwarf - Room is 1.4 metres (4 feet 7 inches) high and contains plastic gnomes
Electric Wallpapers - Decorated with computer art; includes a kitchen
Flying Bed - Slanted floor that creates an illusion of a flying bed
Forest - Styled after a cabin; bed is built atop a stack of logs
Freedom - Designed as a prison cell with an escape hole "broken" through a wall
Gallery - Features a circular bed that can be rotated with a pedal to change view of the room
Glas House - Constructed with stained glass and antique windows
Grandma's - Antique decor, bathroom concealed in room's wardrobe
Gruft - Goth-inspired room with coffin beds and a labyrinth underneath
Hol(l)y-Wood - Transparent red glass walls and ladder-accessible beds
Landscapes - Wave-shaped walls and an octagonal ceiling
Medi-Terra - Styled after a Mediterranean village
Mirror room - Walls and ceiling are completely covered in mirrors
Museum - Contains artifacts from history of the City Lodge
Nightlight - Bronze and gold walls with a giant plastic bag bathtub
Nudes - Decorated with nude art
Orange - Room decorated completely in orange
Padded Cell - Modeled after a padded room in a psychiatric hospital
Space-Cube - Blue industrial decor; bed can be separated by crank-operated illuminated barrier
Speicher - Beam construction similar to a barn with a loft
Symbols - Tiled floor to ceiling with symbols and glyphs
The Table - Features raised circular bed in middle of the room
Tempel - Styled after an Asian temple with a stepped bed
Therapy - Features a variety of colored lights that can illuminate the room in different ways
Two Lions - Design similar to a zoo or circus train; contains two elevated cages that can be used as beds
Upside Down - Furniture is fixed upside-down on the ceiling; beds are hidden under the floor
Wrapped - Tube-shaped room reminiscent of a mine shaft with terraced beds

The room types on offer include singles, doubles, triples, and family rooms, and with prices starting from a very reasonable €69 the only problem you are going to have is choosing which room you want to stay in!

Take a look at some of room below, and for further pictures, information and to book please head on over to their website here.