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Top 10 unusual places to stay

From converted train cars to converted prisons, travel Web site has come up its picks of the 10 most unusual places to stay.
Image: The Giraffe Manor
Guests at The Giraffe Manor near Nairobi,  Kenya, enjoy a meal — and the company of one of the resident Rothschild giraffes.The Giraffe Manor
/ Source: Reuters

From converted train cars to converted prisons, travel Web site has come up its picks of the 10 most unusual places to stay.

"With limited vacation time, there's no reason your lodging shouldn't be part of the travel experience," said general manager Giampiero Ambrosi.

This list was prepared by VirtualTourist and is not endorsed by Reuters:

1. Edisto River Treehouses: Canadys, South Carolina
For those who refuse to grow up, a stay in a tree house is a dream come true. Not only is it fun, but it's clean, safe, and very reasonable.

2. Celica Hostel: Ljubljana, Slovenia
If you've always wanted to spend a night in the slammer, now's your chance. Once a military prison, this happening hot spot is now an art gallery and youth hostel

3. Schottenstift Monastery: Vienna, Austria
If the bellboys look like monks, you're not imagining things. This hotel is actually a functioning monastery where your wake-up call might just be chanting.

4. The Red Caboose Motel: Strasburg, Pennsylvania
All aboard! Although they once traveled from city to city, these little red cabooses now function as private hotel rooms. Needless to say, kids go crazy for this place.

5. Propeller Island: Berlin, Germany
Art lovers rejoice! From upside-down rooms to levitating beds, it's the next best thing to spending the night in a museum.

6. Schlosshotel Schnburg: Oberwesel, Germany
For a true fantasy experience, nothing beats a night in a genuine castle. In spite of its long history, all modern amenities, including Internet service, are available to guests.

7. Ariau Amazon Towers: Near Manaus, Brazil
Connected by a series of catwalks, eight buildings comprise this compound, which has become a favorite of celebrities and everyday travelers alike.

8. Hotel Sidi Driss: Matmata, Tunisia
The force was with the cast and crew of Star Wars when they filmed at this out-of-this-world property. The amenities are minimal, but at less than $20 a night, so is the price.

9. Euromast: Rotterdam, Netherlands
A tourist attraction by day, this imposing tower becomes an exclusive hotel at night. Those wishing to give it a go should book early; the tower's two suites fill up three months out.

10. The Giraffe Manor: Nairobi, Kenya
Don't bother with a "Do Not Disturb" sign. The long-necked visitors who peek in through the windows of this extraordinary compound will just ignore it.