09/06/2012 08:41 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Design Hotels: 8 U.S. Destinations With Rooms That'll Make You Say 'Wow' (PHOTOS)

Booking a stay in a standard, chain hotel is the easiest way to plan a vacation. A brand name assures us that our room will be comfortable, the lobby friendly and the amenities extensive. But sometimes it's worth the extra effort to spice things up and stay somewhere completely different. Like spending the night in a lighthouse, or even a cave, for example. Thanks to boutique hotels, which set out to offer a distinctive experience rather than the expected, the possibilities are endless. Check out our slideshow below to see some of the coolest, most uniquely designed hotels across the U.S. for some inspiration for your next trip.

8 Unique Design Hotels In The U.S.

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