Hotel Woodpecker Unusual Treehouse  Suite

There is some very creative hotels even in Sweden and we did a roadtrip to one of them a couple of weeks ago: Hotell Hackspett or in English Hotel Woodpecker, about 40 feet up in an old oak tree in one of the parks in Västerås.

Unusual Hotel Woodpecker Treehouse, Västerås, Sweden, Copyright

This is a very traditional Swedish red cottage, just placed a bit unusual. It was built in 1998 and renovated in 2006. No damage to the tree was done when they built this cottage, no nails - it’s carried up by very powerful steel wires.

Unusual Hotel Woodpecker Treehouse from distance, Västerås, Sweden, Copyright

Mikael Genberg is the Swedish artist that came up with this unusual and fun project and this is not the only place he want to place a red cottage - he also want to place one at the moon before 2011, thus creating quite an interesting challenge for the Swedish Space Corporation!

I’m not so sure that I could manage to book the Woodpecker treehouse hotel suite for the night, not that I wouldn’t dare to sleep there, but because how on earth would I get up there in the first place? I’m afraid of heights and it’s only accessible by a (wobbly?) rope ladder!

No, but I like the use of the rope ladder for something else though: to get up the yummy meals!!!

In this photo you can see how the ropes goes up in a hole at the floor at the treehouse, but I saw no harness - which I think they use to get you up there, you don’t have to climb thankfully.

Unusual Hotel Woodpecker Treehouse from below, Västerås, Sweden, Copyright

… and yes, it does has both a kitchen and a toilet up there too, so you don’t have to worry about getting down the rope ladder in a hurry! *giggles*

Personally, I think they have a rather expensive room rate: 1100 SEK (146 Dollar / 108 Euro) per person and night without any meals, 1250 SEK with breakfast, 1500 SEK per person and night with breakfast and dinner.

One could think that you really could get some peace and quiet alone up there, but I wonder how it is with all the people passing by in the park? Would it be like to be on stage?!

Unusual Hotel Woodpecker Treehouse from the side, Västerås, Sweden, Copyright

Tempted to give it a try? The treehouse can be booked by Västerås Tourist office (+46 21 39 01 00).

It can only be booked between 1 April - 31 October since it got no electricity or heat (other from yourself!), but I recommend June-August since nights can be very chilly!

…and sometimes very windy too, but that might just do the trick to get you to sleep…

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Comments on Hotel Woodpecker Unusual Treehouse  Suite

  • 1

    THat is a pretty cool red cottage though! I’m like you however -afraid of heights -so it wouldn’t be a place I think about staying but would be neat to see it.

  • 2
    Gattina BELGIUM said:

    No thank you ! Stone age or whatever is gone, I need my comfort but it’s funny to see. I have seen similar tree houses but in warm countries, don’t remember where.

  • 3
    fetus said:

    that’s a rather cool concept. making a hotel out of a treehouse. :)

  • 4
    TorAa NORWAY said:

    What an idea to build a tiny house in a tree and rent it out.

    Excellent post about this strange hotel

  • 5
    Tereza CROATIA said:

    I don’t think I would pay this money, as this is really to high for me. Last year end of May I visited Sweden and during night it was very cold. So maybe if this is in country with warm nights I would give a try :-)

  • 6

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  • 7
    mina said:

    I’d love to see what the inside looks like. What a neat idea… but there are so many reasons that this seems terribly impractical!

  • 8

    Very cool! I just stayed in a tree house hotel in Senegal a couple weeks ago and loved it! It was such a great feeling to be up in the trees, and made me feel like a kid again. The one in your post looks amazing as well!

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