We've seen our fair share of unique hotel design elements, but the sheer number and grandiosity of on-property hotel aquariums took us by surprise. While some are in locations where you might expect to find elaborate shrines to the local ocean flora and fauna -- Hawaii, the Bahamas, the Philippines -- mega-aquariums have turned up in some unexpected places, like central Berlin and midtown Manhattan. A pair of Vegas showstoppers, a duo of Florida hideaways, and a monstrous aquatic playground only possible in everything-to-the-extreme Dubai round out our list of the largest and most extravagant.
10. The Seagate Hotel & Spa, Delray Beach, Florida
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Size of Aquarium: Four aquariums totaling 5,000 gallons
Notable Features: Each aquarium showcases a different type of marine life
The Seagate Hotel & Spa
in Delray Beach, Florida will bring you to the beach (just a block away from the hotel by complimentary trolley), but it goes a step further by bringing a bit of the beach to you, with four aquariums and 72 species of marine life, all right there in the hotel. The lobby aquarium, teeming with colorful reef fish and coral in 2,500 gallons of water, is just as popular with locals as it is among guests. From the bar at the Atlantic Grille you can enjoy award-winning cuisine against the backdrop of a 450-gallon jellyfish aquarium, where moon jellyfish lend some tranquility to the atmosphere. In the grand hall are a 500-gallon aquarium with several species of moray eels and the fourth hotel aquarium, which contains 750 gallons filled with red lionfish. www.theseagatehotel.com
Photo: Seagate Hotel & Spa