The recently opened hotel located in the National Zoo and Aquarium lets you stay as close to zoo animals as possible, where just a piece of glass is all that separates you.

The hotel rooms are merged into the enclosures of many of the zoo’s animals, including; Bengal tigers, European brown bears, Malayan sun bears, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, black and white colobus monkeys, ring-tailed lemurs, hyenas, and snow leopards. 

David M on Tripadvisor said “My wife and I recently stayed at Jamala Lodge and it was a fantastic experience. Everything from the moment we arrived was way above our expectations. The accommodation was 5 star and each room had incredibly close encounters with the wildlife. We stayed in Terrace 2 which looked out over the lion and hyena enclosures but one of our windows also looked straight into the lemur enclosure. It was amazing to watch them play.”

Owner Richard Tindale said in the Chronicle “It’s great for the animals: they’re going to get more space. It’s great for the viewing public; they’re going to get more things to see. It will be great for tourism.”

Rooms can be booked for one night and profits go back into the zoo.