Crikey! This Hotel is Shaped Like a Crocodile
When thinking about a trip to Australia, visions of Sydney's Harbour Bridge, the laneways of Melbourne or swimming the iconic Great Barrier Reef come to mind. Well, now let us draw your attention to a hotel that's not only in the middle of "Crocodile Country" but is also shaped like a giant man-eating reptile.
Far away from all of the typical Aussie tourist spots, is the Northern Territory which is locally known as the "top end" since its, well, on the top of the country. It's home to not-so-little rock called Ayers Rock, but even further north is the Kakadu National Park, the largest national park in Australia and a great place to see real Aussie crocs.
Accor Hotels have put their stamp on Jabiru, in the middle of the national park, by taking over this Crocodile Hotel, (formerly managed by Holiday Inn) and turning it into a Mercure Hotel.
The biggest thrill of the property is clearly, staying in a hotel shaped like a giant crocodile. The hotel also has a large pool but the rooms are pretty ho-hum and dated. Maybe Mercure will upgrade them soon.
Along with the croc hotel, Accor has taken over the Kakadu Lodge Cooinda, a 48 room lodge next to Yellow Water Billabong. With such a close proximity to the lake, visitors have access to cruises, fishing and adventures tours, but due to the natives having some sharp claws and teeth, we wouldn't recommend swimming. Leave that for the pool.
Rates for a night in the crocodile, start at $200 AUD ($185 USD) per night.
[Photo: Accor Hotels]