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UNUSUAL PLACES TO STAY

Pick one of these 20 out-of-the-ordinary sleeps around the world to make your bed for the night the stuff of travel legend: especially if it’s in a silo

AN OLD PAPER FACTORY IN NEW YORK

THE EXPERIENCE

Back in 1922, the Pilot Electric Manufacturing Company began building radio sets at its factory in western Queens. Later converted to a paper-making plant, this 86,000-square-foot space fell into neglect in the 1970s, only to be resurrected in 2012 as the Paper Factory Hotel. The biggest nod to the building’s heritage comes in the tower of books that runs up the centre of a spiral staircase leading to the hotel’s Mundo restaurant. The industrial details – vintage hammered metal doors, bare cement floors, pipes on show – are softened by the light flooding in from the large windows, and by touches like a wood-plank ping pong table and a stray red London phonebox.

THE SURROUNDINGS

A quarter-hour subway ride from Midtown Manhattan, Long Island City is a late developer in Big Apple terms, but has now become a hub of art museums such as MoMA PS1 and the Fisher Landau Center for Art.

THE DETAILS

Rates start at around £110 for a queen-size room ( paperfactoryhotel.com).

SWEDISH TREEHOUSES

THE EXPERIENCE

Fifty-seven per cent of Sweden is covered by forest, and most locals enjoy retreating to the woods for some calm. Few, however, get to stay in a treehouse. Urnatur offers several ways to reconnect with the forest environment, from woodland skills courses to cabins that include a moss-roofed charcoaler’s hut. But the accommodation that most captures the imagination here is a small collection of treehouses, such as the Air Castle (pictured). Ladders and aerial bridges lead to timber boltholes in the canopy, fitted with beds, love seats and cast-iron stoves.

THE SURROUNDINGS

On Lake Vättern you’ll find the castle town of Vadstena, and Gränna, famous for its peppermint candy.

THE DETAILS

Treehouses cost from £210 (urnatur.se). The closest airports are Stockholm Skavsta and Gothenburg.

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Enjoy some island time with our sun-soaked issue dedicated to finding the perfect summer escape. Enjoy a slice of local life on Salina, a laid-back island off the coast of Italy's Sicily, or go in search of puffins in the remote Faroes, pitched out in the Atlantic. There are plenty of other islands to discover in Europe too, whether you opt for beach bars in Croatia or camping in Spain. Or travel further afield to tropical Bali and Lombok, to explore temples, volcanoes and pure-white beaches. Finally, book a stay in a treehouse, airstream or shepherd hut wth our guide to the world's most unusual accommodation.
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