The Kingpin Suite, The Palms in Las Vegas
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22 Cool and Strange Hotel Rooms You Can Book in America and Beyond

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The Kingpin Suite, The Palms in Las Vegas
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Some hotels are famous in their own right, but others have to do a bit more to stand out. One way to do that: eye-popping theme rooms that give guests an immersive experience, not just a place to crash at night. Whether you want to feel like a character in a Western or an astronaut floating through space, there are hotel rooms that can fit the bill. Here are some of the best at home and abroad.

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Cinderella Castle Suite, Disney World in Orlando, Florida
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Cinderella Castle Suite

Disney World in Orlando, Florida

The Cinderella Castle Suite is the only hotel room that's actually inside Magic Kingdom, and no amount of money can buy you a stay here — it's typically reserved for contest winners. Still, this is the pinnacle of a fairy-tale hotel experience, with stained-glass windows, carved furnishings, mosaic floors, luxurious draperies, and an awe-inspiring spa tub with a starry ceiling. Like magic, a painting of Cinderella above the fireplace becomes a TV, and the famous glass slipper is on display in a special cabinet.

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'50s Suite, The Victorian Mansion at Los Alamos in California

'50s Suite

The Victorian Mansion at Los Alamos in California
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If the fabulous '50s are one of your favorite decades, stay in the '50s Suite at the Vick, near Santa Barbara. Sleep in a shiny '56 Cadillac convertible complete with a pair of fuzzy dice, or stay up and take in a movie at your own "drive-in" on the projector-style screen. Take a dip in a private hot tub surrounded by kitschy neon lights, or have a snack at the chrome-accented diner table.

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Lord Vader's Quarters, Hotel Pelirocco in Brighton, England

Lord Vader's Quarters

Hotel Pelirocco in Brighton, England
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Disney's "Star Wars" hotel was still on its way as of March. In the meantime, there's Hotel Pelirocco, where you can climb into bunk beds sure to satisfy any Darth Vader devotee. On the walls, you'll find authentic movie memorabilia, including some of the signature blasters and lightsabers. Even the ceiling, festooned with planets, might remind you of a galaxy far, far away.

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The Cave, Adventure Suites in North Conway, New Hampshire

The Cave

Adventure Suites in North Conway, New Hampshire
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Get in touch with your prehistoric side in The Cave, a suite for up to two adults and six kids. Highlights include a mosaic floor, salt-rock lights, fossil accents, and prehistoric wall decor, as well as a tunnel, den, and cavern to explore. Of course, there are also some modern touches, including a private hot tub, three TVs, surround sound, a kitchenette, and a waterfall shower.

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Secret Agent Suite, Seven Hotel in Paris
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Secret Agent Suite

Seven Hotel in Paris
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Whatever their martini preferences, this spy-themed suite that sleeps two guests will leave James Bond fans shaken and stirred. Take a load off on one of the chic '60s-style loungers and watch any 007 movie ever made on the big-screen TV. Other features include a swanky gold-accented toilet, golden gun lamps, a mirrored ceiling, and a retro rotary phone.

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The Wizard's Emeralds, The Roxbury in Roxbury, New York

The Wizard's Emeralds

The Roxbury in Roxbury, New York
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Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore: The Wizard's Emeralds room is actually tucked away in the Catskills. Decked out in shades of green, it features a yellow brick road that cuts right through the center, a mural of the Emerald City, a poppy-painted bathroom, and even some distinctively striped witch socks sticking out from the pillows of the king-size bed.

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Ramen Room, Unique Pension in Gapyeong, South Korea

Ramen Room

Unique Pension in Gapyeong, South Korea
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Ramen lovers may not be able to resist the novelty of this noodle-themed room outside of Seoul. The centerpiece is a giant cup of Shin Ramyun, the iconic Korean ramen brand, that doubles as a cozy hideaway of a bed. The theme continues with cheerful red and yellow decor throughout, plus a shiny bar that's well-stocked with ramen. More of a java junkie? Then be sure to check out the Starbucks-themed room down the hall.

The Kingpin Suite, The Palms in Las Vegas
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The Pineapple, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The Pineapple

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? You do, at the Nickelodeon resort in Punta Cana (okay, so it's beside the sea — close enough). The Pineapple, which sleeps up to six, has two bedrooms and three bathrooms, plus plenty of SpongeBob-inspired decor and luxurious amenities such as its own garden, infinity pool, private outdoor shower, and butler service.

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Barbie Suite, Hilton Mexico City Santa Fe in Mexico City
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Barbie Suite

Hilton Mexico City Santa Fe in Mexico City
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In honor of Barbie's 60th birthday a couple of years ago, a Hilton in Mexico City transformed one of its suites into a perfect pink "glamping" tribute. The bed was replaced with a life-size Barbie DreamCamper. There's also a "campfire" and rare Barbies to play with. Outside, enjoy the pink pool cabana. There was even a menu of pink Barbie-inspired food introduced at the restaurant.

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Gas Station Room, V8 Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany

Gas Station Room

V8 Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany
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Where better for a pit stop than this gas-station-themed room near the headquarters of auto giants such as Porsche and Mercedes-Benz? Bright primary colors, an old Shell gas pump, and a ceiling painted with clouds give this room plenty of cheerful appeal. You even get to sleep in custom-made bed that's a dead ringer for the famous TV car Herbie the Love Bug.

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Mickey Mouse Penthouse, Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California
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Mickey Mouse Penthouse

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Disney knows a thing or two about themes. At the Disneyland Hotel, one of the high-roller options is the Mickey Mouse Penthouse, a sprawling 1,600-foot suite that showcases the iconic mouse at every turn. You'll find Mickeys recessed in the ceiling, on the bedding, and appearing on the shower wall only when the tile is wet. Watch classic Mickey cartoons on one of three flat-screen TVs in the living room, or even on a TV built into the bathroom mirror.

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The Queen of Hearts Room, Wonderland House in Brighton, England
Arctic Room, Wildwood Inn in Florence, Kentucky

Arctic Room

Wildwood Inn in Florence, Kentucky
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One of the most eye-catching of the many theme rooms at this kitschy northern Kentucky inn is the Arctic Room. It's made to look like a frigid ice cave, with undulating light-blue walls and ceilings and icy stalagmites and stalactites surrounding the bed. A table and chairs also are carved from the gleaming "ice." Getting a little chilly just thinking about it? There is a spa and a fireplace for some much-needed warmth.

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Space Suite, Kameha Grand Zurich in Switzerland

Space Suite

Kameha Grand Zurich in Switzerland
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You'll feel like you've stumbled upon another realm in the ultra-modern space-themed suite at Kameha Grand Zurich. The sleek bed is designed to look like it's floating, and might remind some movie buffs of the monolith in "2001: A Space Odyssey." The floor and ceiling are painted like the cosmos, and silver furniture and astronaut accents add to the futuristic feel.

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Mayan Rainforest Suite, Black Swan Inn in Pocatello, Idaho

Mayan Rainforest Suite

Black Swan Inn in Pocatello, Idaho
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Idaho may be the last place you would expect a Mayan getaway, but at Pocatello's Black Swan Inn, a tropical oasis awaits. The bed is surrounded by "ancient" carvings, and there are hand-painted murals of jungle scenes. You'll find a flat-screen TV and fireplace recessed into the faux stone walls. The dual-headed shower is set inside a giant tree, and a spa tub is upstairs in the bamboo treehouse.

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Leaving Las Vegas Room, Sato Castle Motel in Taipei, Taiwan

Leaving Las Vegas Room

Sato Castle Motel in Taipei, Taiwan
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You do indeed have to leave Las Vegas to find this Sin City-themed room, far across the Pacific at Taiwan's over-the-top Sato Castle Motel (yes, it really does resemble a castle). The Vegas room comes complete with dollar-bill doors, coin-emblazoned wallpaper, playing-card bedding, glitzy mirrors and disco balls, and a gambling machine. Feeling a little frisky? There's even a stage that appears ready for your best pole-dancing moves.

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Ski Room, Pitcher Inn in Warren, Vermont
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Ski Room

Pitcher Inn in Warren, Vermont
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This classic, luxurious New England inn boasts a bevy of beautifully themed guest rooms, including the cabin-like Ski Room, a must for anyone who loves hitting the slopes. Get cozy on the bed, framed by birch trees and a toboggan headboard. Vintage ski posters and memorabilia decorate the walls, and there's a brick fireplace across from a cozy leather couch. You'll even find a full kitchenette behind an old lift-ticket booth.

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Hello Kitty Room, Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo

Hello Kitty Room

Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo
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Hello Kitty is the epitome of kawaii, the Japanese culture of all things cute. Pay homage in this Hello Kitty room, decorated in an adorable pop-art style with cartoon-emblazoned carpet, 3D wallpaper, colorful stools, and a signed bathroom mirror. Guests get to take home Hello Kitty amenities including stationery, a doll, a skin-care set, slippers, and more. Just a few minutes away is Sanrio Puroland, an indoor theme park with tons more Hello Kitty for fans.

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Pirate Room, Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Pirate Room

Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Leave the landlubbers behind at this whimsical north-of-the-border hotel's Pirate Room, watched over by none other than Captain Jack Sparrow himself. The king bed is framed with heavy velvet drapes, and the kids will love climbing through a pirate ship to get to hidden bunk beds. There's also a Jacuzzi, two high-definition TVs, and a prime view of the neighboring water park.

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