We’ve seen hotels in all sorts of wild places — forts, caves, ghost towns, wine tanks. But there’s nothing else quite like a hotel in a train on a bridge.
We’ve done lists of hotels in a lot of unique places. But a list of hotels in trains on bridges might be the most unique of all. First, there’s the train. Then, you have the bridge. Third — and I cannot stress this enough — the train is on the bridge. It’s a combination we don’t see too often, probably due to a lack of quality abandoned train bridges. But what do we know.
If you’re somehow having a hard time imagining a hotel in a train on a bridge, it’s a lot like that scene in Stand By Me except if the train had stopped and welcomed Wil Wheaton aboard for a Swedish massage and some tea sandwiches. And then instead of finding a dead body, Corey Feldman finds that the temperature of the pool is perfect.
Hotels in trains on bridges are hospitality with a whole new level of fantasy. And the train-bridge-hotels below are truly one of a kind.
Skukuza, South Africa
They mean it quite literally: Kruger Shalati – the Train on the Bridge is very much a train on a bridge, now immobilized and transformed into a truly one-of-a-kind luxury boutique hotel. The setting is South Africa’s Kruger National Park, and the train is, it must be said, a welcome departure from the tented-camp concept and aesthetic. It’s as luxurious as any of them, of course, but with the added inducement of a truly unique vantage point, on a bridge straddling the Sabie River, whose waters are full of crocodiles, hippos, elephants, and other wildlife.
That’s it. That’s the list.