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World's Most Unusual Hotels 2008

World's Most Unusual Hotels
Courtesy of Dromen aan Zee/ www.dromenaanzee.nl

Harlingen Harbour Crane, Netherlands

What It Is: A former timber-hauling derrick repurposed into one bi-level room, 60 feet aloft, along the banks of the Wadden Sea off the Dutch coast.

The Experience: A pair of specially designed elevators takes you to your sleeping quarter in the Harbour Crane, with luxe appointments like touch-screen lighting systems and Eames chairs. Take in the aquatic view from the panoramic windows or your balcony. Want a change of scene? Man the crane’s controls and swing the 143,000-pound crane in whichever direction tickles your fancy.

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