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A luxurious hotel room is a treat, but one with a whimsical theme can provide a total experience, whether it’s to thrill the kids, the adults, or both. There are rooms for everyone from dog lovers to Jurrasic Park fans, romance seekers, art enthusiasts, and just about everything under the sun. Finding them can be a bit more tricky but you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for your stay among this list.
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Nestled in the Catskill Mountains, the Roxbury Motel offers an escape from the big city and a break from reality too. It offers fantasy and fairy-tale-themed rooms that sit within a mansion, cottages, or a motel. Guests can customize their experience (and price) by choosing the amenities they want. The details are incredibly intricate, making it feel as if you’re part of a stage set, perhaps on a Tim Burton movie. The details in the forest-themed cottage were inspired by the owner’s first walk to the waterfall on the grounds. It’s a true masterpiece that will have you believing you’re sleeping in a real-life enchanted forest.
The Madonna Inn is a world-renowned hotel, offering a balance of kitschy and luxurious. You won’t have to compromise on comfort here but each room offers a different theme to enjoy depending on the type of stay you’re looking for. The Austrian suite is one of the more glamorous options with its gilded Baroque décor invoking images of Austrian royalty, located in a hilltop unit accessed by an outdoor spiral staircase. There’s also a safari room, a golfer’s room, and the “Madonna Suite” which includes a pink rose carpet, a rock wall, fireplace, and waterfall shower, among others.
The Jurassic franchise has become increasingly popular and big fans can live out their dreams thanks to Universal Studios which expanded its Jurassic-themed fun to include various suites, like the kids’ room dedicated to everything Jurassic at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. Raptors peer out from the wallpaper while the gyrosphere beds give a nod to the latest film, and dinosaur tracks are stamped throughout.
Jules’ Undersea Lodge is an underwater hotel that requires diving down 21 feet to reach it. If you’re not a certified diver, you’ll have to take a two-hour diving course before you can head below to your accommodation. A “cottage” on the floor of a lagoon in Key Largo, it comes with plenty of comforts like a full kitchen, but if you’re not in the mood to cook you can even have a pizza delivered. There’s a hot shower and some entertainment options like music, movies, and books, but the highlight to watch is the view of the sea and marine life that passes by.
At this unique inn, there’s a dog theme throughout, including dog-shaped cookies and carved dogs. Your room sleeps up to four and includes a sleeping loft and a private bathroom, plus a microwave, a minifridge, and a coffee maker. The entire thing is shaped like a giant beagle with the hotel known as the “largest beagle in the world.” The locals call him Sweet Willy. You can bring your own four-legged friend as the owner, Frances Conklin, states “responsible pets arriving with their well-behaved humans are welcome to stay with prior approval.”
Located at the edge of Capitol Reef National Park, this resort offers a variety of accommodations, including Conestoga wagons so you can experience firsthand the early days of the West. Of course, your stay will be quite a bit more luxurious, complete with comfy king beds and two sets of twin bunks, ideal for a family, sleeping up to six guests. While they may be based on 19th-century designs, you won’t have to rough it like the pioneers as they all have air conditioning with private bathrooms just a few steps away. Enjoy the stunning natural scenery of the Red Cliffs and gather around the fire pit at night, relaxing under a brilliant canopy of stars.
This unique hotel was the first to open in New York City as an art hotel specifically designed for art lovers. Located in Manhattan, each room has its own personality, with each one designed and painted by a different artist as part of its art residency program. The artists stayed on-site, given free reign to decorate the room in whatever way they wish. And, it’s not just the rooms, with even the hallways covered in vibrant works, while the lobby is modeled after a Prohibition-era speakeasy and displays evolving art and murals. Amenities are basic, but all have Wi-Fi and either en-suite or shared bathrooms.
Pirate Island Hotel is part of LEGOLAND, providing the perfect base for families with immersive themed rooms that are sure to thrill the kids and probably some of the adults too. There are more than 600 models throughout the property, made up of over 1.6 million LEGO bricks. At the entrance is the wreckage of a huge 34′ LEGO pirate ship. Each one of the 146 rooms accommodates up to five guests and includes colorful swashbuckling décor, a king-size bed, and a sleeping area for the little ones with a bunk bed, trundle bed, and an entertainment center. There are also four suites for larger groups sleeping up to seven.
Located in the middle of Denver’s theater district, across the street from the Denver Performing Arts Complex, this funky hotel has a different theme on every floor with eclectic pop art décor and one ‘hyper-themed’ room or suite where imagination has run wild. There’s a video game suite that includes a Donkey Kong arcade and board games, a “Lucy and Desi” room, Star Trek room, and many others. Although you can also choose a standard room, why would you do that? It’s all about fun here – even your wake-up call can come from Elvis.
Once a downtown Boston jail that housed the likes of Malcolm X, today The Liberty provides luxury accommodation in a historic setting. The jail was built in 1851, closing its doors nearly 140 years later due to overcrowding. In 2007, it was transformed into high-end accommodation while maintaining much of the original structure. Guests can sip drinks in a bar that was once the drunk tank and dine in remnants of the original jail cells in the hotel restaurant. It’s even possible to book a room that includes parts of the real jail combined with luxury touches. Just be aware that some of the prisoners seem to have never left, with quite a few reports of paranormal happenings.
Set within a National Register of Historic Places building that dates back to 1913, originally serving as the Fayette National Bank, today, the 21c Museum Hotel is a luxurious boutique hotel and a contemporary art museum. Located in downtown Lexington, guests can book a more recent addition, the Queen’s Gambit-inspired “Harmon Room which includes a larger-than-life chessboard installation suspended from the ceiling. It’s got all the details: period furniture, mid-century modern décor, vintage accessories, chess books and sets, and custom artwork all sourced and dressed by local vendors.
This French chateau sits on 28 wooded acres, made up of 61 rooms and 23 concept suites that have various themes creating unique experiences for every guest. You can choose the Camelot, the rainforest, an Italian villa, a deserted island, a New York penthouse, or an Egyptian palace. No matter which one you book, you’ll get a two-person jet tub, flat-screen TV, high-speed Wi-Fi, and a complimentary breakfast. There’s also an on-site spa that offers massage and a variety of treatments as well as an Egyptian-themed wine bar.
While it may look like the quintessential New England ski lodge on the outside, inside you’ll discover a unique experience. Your room might be anything from a jungle-themed suite with a hot tub for soaking under a “sky” of stars on the ceiling, a creepy haunted castle, a dragon’s lair, or an indoor forest where you can sleep in a tree. The “Club Suite” has a full DJ turntable, strobe and disco lights, and a stripper pole in a cage. Nearly all come with private hot tubs too.
Located in the Arkansas Ozarks, Beckham Creek Lodge features five cave bedrooms complete with rock walls and cavernous ceilings. While you might be sleeping like a caveman, immersed in nature, it will be a lot more comfortable. The lodge includes a main room with a natural waterfall in the center, a kitchen, and a rec room that guests have shared access to.