A vacation should be an experience that, from start to finish, is fun, exciting and special. Minibars and flat screen TVs just don’t turn me on anymore. I want to be wowed.
Luckily, I’m not alone. A number of hotels now offer a choice of unique designs and decor, ranging from romantically themed rooms to upside-down mirror suites. Some of these just have to be seen to be believed.
Come with us on a tour of ten of the top theme hotels around the globe.
Comics Guesthouse, Rome
Welcome to the world of comics! The Comics Guesthouse in Rome is a true paradise for comic fans. Just a stone’s throw away from Villa Borghese and Vatican City, this colorful themed hotel will instantly cheer you up. All comic heroes are represented throughout the hotel; each room is individually designed and decorated with a unique comic theme. For an added dimension of interactivity, the hotel also provides PlayStation and Wii consoles.
Madonna Inn, California
Yahoo, Caveman room, Fabulous Fifties and Oriental Fantasy are some of the names of the 110 rooms in over the top motel The Madonna Inn. This iconic California landmark is widely known for its creatively themed rooms. Owners Alex and Phyllis Madonna first opened the pseudo-Swiss-Alps property in 1958. With just twelve themed suites, the motel quickly became popular. The couple then expanded to host an additional 98 rooms. Nowadays tourists even stop by just to take a wee in the rock waterfall urinal.
The Jane Hotel New York
You won’t know what hit you after arriving at the Jane hotel in New York. You’ll probably be under the delusion you’ve travelled back to the roaring twenties. While sitting in the impressive hotel lobby, you’d expect Al Capone to walk in any minute. The hotel was built in 1906 as a temporary base for sailors. A couple of years later it housed the survivors of the Titanic. A century later, the hotel was renovated; combining the early 20th century elements with some modern aspects like disco balls and flat screen televisions. The rooms are inspired by old luxury train cabins…fitted with iPod-docks, of course.
Hard Day’s Night Hotel, Liverpool
This ‘Fab Four’ star hotel is a must-go for every music fan. The world’s only Beatles-inspired hotel has 110 rooms, all individually decorated with a unique Merseybeat interior. Forget about Lennon vs. McCartney, the Hard Day’s night is home to all. You’ll be surrounded by enormous portraits, reminding you of the band’s sixties glory days. Besides acting as a terrestrial Valhalla for Beatles fans, the chic hotel has some great facilities such as the Blake Restaurant and cocktail bar Four.
Secrets of Paris, Paris
It’s all in the name: this hotel contains all of Paris’s secrets. Each room is designed in a different Paris theme. What takes your fancy? Floating on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower? Snoozing under the great clock of the Musée d’Orsay? Sleep in a Eiffel tower bed with a dazzling view, or experience the can-can romance of the Moulin Rouge room. In addition to that, massages, shiatsu and a candlelight dinner in the purple-black restaurant make this themed hotel a perfect accommodation for a Paris stay.
nhow Hotel Berlin
Attention all music fans: the nhow hotel in Berlin is the place to stay for a musical trip. The hotel is as unusual on the outside as it is on the inside. New York designer Karim Rashid went all-out on this futuristic interior. The ceiling and walls of this hotel are all decorated with guitars and other instruments. nhow also features a Sound Floor, which hosts two recording studios, run in collaboration with Lautstark Music, a Music Lounge overlooking the Spree.
The Pavilion Fashion Rock & Roll Hotel, London
This funky London hotel was designed by owners Danny Karne and sister Noshi. Danny is a former fashion model, who got tired of staying in boring hotels. He wanted to set up something different, and with rooms like the Honky Tonk Afro room, we’d say: mission accomplished!
Adventure Suites North-Conway, New-Hampshire
This colorful property was originally a motel. When purchased by a new owner in 1998, however, all that started to change. Starting out with a single themed suite, a concept-accommodation grew in popularity, leading to further themes that developed into further extremity. Today those suites include a cave, log cabins and tree houses; they’ve got it all. With 17 different themed rooms, the Adventure suites are a true feast for the eyes.
Propeller Island Hotel, Berlin
The name is not the only unusual thing about this hotel. With flying beds, comfy coffins and upside down rooms, this hotel is one of the most unique out there. When staying in one of the 30 custom designed rooms, you’re staying in a work of art. German artist Lars Stroschen drew inspiration from Jules Verne’s “Extraordinary Travels”. Extraordinary it is!
V8 Hotel, Stuttgart
With three out of ten hotels, Germany is well represented in this category; their creative minds certainly give us some great places to stay. This hotel will make every car enthusiast go mad. Fanatics know that Stuttgart is home to one of the world’s most renowned car makers worldwide, Mercedes-Benz. Always fancied sleeping in one? Most of the ten themed suites contain real cars converted into king-size beds. Others include a route 66 interior and a Shell Gas station design.
So much choice here, and we’ve only dipped our toe into the water of weird hotels. Look out for a follow-up post sometime in the distant future. Hows about we leave you with a quote:“To put it rather bluntly, I am not the type who wants to go back to the land; I am the type who wants to go back to the hotel.” — Fran Lebowitz
Have you ever been in one of these hotels? Or maybe stayed at another crazy themed one that’s not on this list? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
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