Australian Hotel Lets Guests Live With Zoo Animals For The Night… Kind Of

The Jamala Wildlife Lodge in Australia lets guests stay in adjoining rooms with zoo animals.

The Jamala Wildlife Lodge in Australia lets guests stay in adjoining rooms with zoo animals.

Staying in a hotel can be a pretty mundane event: You go to the pool, you watch TV, maybe even order room service. A new hotel in Australia is turning those less-than-exciting trips on their heads by offering guests a chance to lodge with some wild animals.

Business Insider reports that the Jamala Wildlife Lodge, located in the Australia’s National Zoo and Aquarium, lets guests almost share a room with giraffes, lions, monkeys, sharks, bears and other animals for one night.

To achieve such unusual accommodations, the hotel incorporated 18 suites into many of the zoo’s enclosures, with millimeter-thin glass separating guests from the zoo’s inhabitants.

The lodge has three suite options, each with a different group of animals to gawk at: the Giraffe Treehouses, uShaka Lodge, and the Jungle Bungalows.

The Giraffe Treehouses includes six suites that sit high off the ground, adjacent to the giraffe enclosure. Guests at the treehouse can feed the resident giraffe either from their balcony or his enclosure.

The uShaka Lodge is composed of seven suites that are in full view of the 52,000 gallon Australian shark tank. The Lodge’s terrace also provides access to many of the zoo’s monkeys.

The Jungle Bungalows feature five suites backing up to enclosures for African lions, cheetahs, bears and other zoo inhabitants.

Guests who book the one-night stay – which starts at $400 per person – receive pre-dinner drinks, an African-inspired dinner and breakfast the next morning.

Because rooms only feature one or two animals, the hotel offers guests full access to the rest of the zoo during their stay, as well as exclusive tours of the facilities.

A new hotel in Australia lets you dine with lions and take a bath next to bears [Business Insider]