Hotels are supposed to allow travelers to step outside the banality of their every day life, but most rooms are extremely boring. There is the bed. There is the minibar. There is the bathroom. There is the closet. These sorts of accommodations offer no break from the monotony and might even make it worse.
With this in mind, we went out in search of the sorts of themed rooms that might allow a traveler to have a truly unique experience. What we found was both impressive and strange. Barbie, speakeasies, even gas stations -- whatever your fancy, there's probably a hotel room themed after it.
---- Jennifer, M. Wood, Condé Nast Traveler
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New York City Cartwheel-loving fashion designer Betsey Johnson is the mastermind behind The Plaza Hotel's Eloise Suite, an ode to the hotel's most famous—and fictional—six-year-old resident. The two-room suite (one for mom and dad) is every young girl's dream room come true, mixing the old-world glamour of 1950s Manhattan (pink and white candy-striped walls and gold-leaf molding) with childlike whimsy (zebra-striped rugs and a sparkly pink padded headboard). Pint-sized guests can indulge the fantasy just a little bit further with a trip to the hotel's playhouse-like Eloise Shop, or indulge in the Palm Court's Eloise Tea, which swaps out cucumber sandwiches for more kid-friendly fare such as miniature grilled cheese sandwiches. Read More: The Top 10 Hotels in the United States Courtesy of The Plaza
Stuttgart, Germany The car's the thing in Stuttgart—Germany's automotive answer to Detroit. And at the four-star V8 Hotel, it's also the pervasive design scheme, with ten vehicular-themed rooms ready for the booking. Recharge your batteries in the Gas Station; modeled after an old-fashioned service station, the suite is decked out with neon lights, petroleum pumps for décor, and furniture made from recycled car parts (including a Volkswagen Bug, which serves as the bed’s head and footboard). Read More: Tourist Trap Alternatives Courtesy V8 Hotel
Copenhagen, Denmark Twenty-one artists from around the globe came together to individualize the 61 rooms at Copenhagen's Hotel Fox. Graphic designs, Japanese manga, you name it, each room is its own original masterpiece. In room 409, Swiss illustrator Benjamin Güdel opted for kitsch and re-created the story of Heidi, Johanna Spyri's 1880 kids' book about a bright-eyed young orphan living in the Swiss Alps. In addition to his signature drawing, Güdel finishes the look with red gingham bed linens, carved wood furniture, and splotches of log cabin wallpaper. Read More: The Top 100 Hotels in the World Courtesy Hotel Fox
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic If you're willing to part with $10,000-plus per night, you can purchase a true rock star experience at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, the brand's first-ever all-inclusive accommodation. Deliciously overindulgent, the resort's 1,800-square-foot Rock Star Suite immerses guests in sensory overload with a baby grand piano, an LED-framed translucent jellyfish tank, a custom-designed pool table, and multiple outdoor patios, which boast a hot tub, sun trellis, and two fire pits. Come on, what rock star doesn't have a translucent jellyfish tank? Read More: The Top 100 Hotels in the World Courtesy Hard Rock Hotel
New York City The Speakeasy Suite at New York City's Carlton Hotel pays tribute to the city's Prohibition days with a secret back room attached to the bedroom that is only accessible through a hidden door masquerading as a bookcase. Once inside, the cozy bonus room offers a plethora of forbidden treasures, including a (non-working) tommy gun, custom-designed poker table with cards and chips, period photography and New York Times front pages, and a well-stocked private bar with leather furniture for lounging. Read More: Where to Be For the Apocalypse Courtesy Carlton Hotel
Las Vegas Leave it to Las Vegas to bring Barbie's Dream House to life, courtesy of famed potter/interior designer Jonathan Adler, who created the Barbie Suite at the always-over-the-top Palms Hotel. Not a single detail has been overlooked in this 2,350-square-foot hot pink paradise, where girls of any age can live out their Barbie fantasies (the room can hold up to 50 people). Corseted "dress" chairs, custom wall coverings, a two-way fireplace, oversized Jacuzzi, and a sunburst-styled mirror constructed from 65 actual Barbie dolls are just a few of the amenities you'll enjoy in these ultra-girly digs. Read More: Amazing Christmas Trees Around the World Courtesy Palms Hotel
Paris, France Heroes and heroines are all the rage at Paris' Hotel Seven, which pays interior tribute to such cultural luminaries as James Bond, Alice in Wonderland, and Marie Antoinette. Interior designer Sylvia Corrette dreamed up this romantic boudoir, which features a clawfoot tub and shower, canopy bed, and ethereal painted ceilings that help to create the feeling of your own little Versailles. Before all that inconvenient revolution stuff, of course. Read More: See More Themed Hotel Rooms Courtesy Hotel Seven
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