In 2004, developers Will and Arthur Zeckendorf bought the famed Mayflower Hotel and several adjacent lots on the Upper West Side for just over $400 million, with the goal of creating the city’s most exclusive residential building — 15 Central Park West. Only one thing stood in their way: A 73-year-old recluse named Herb Sukenik, who refused to move from the hotel.
"In Nantes, France, you can live in a hamster hotel. For 99 euros ($148) a night, guests can sleep like a hamster (clean sheets, but the bed is next to hamster litter), drink like a hamster, eat grains like a hamster. And what furry pet hotel — even one in an 18th-century caretaker’s room — would be complete without a hamster wheel? (Warning: The video below contains a grown French man with a hamster hat running on a man-sized hamster wheel."