The Dive Bar Room
Grand Traverse Motel

Cool and Strange Hotel Rooms You Can Book in the U.S. and Beyond

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The Dive Bar Room
Grand Traverse Motel

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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. Just look at the Grand Traverse Motel in Traverse, Michigan. The small-town getaway partnered with Pabst Blue Ribbon in August to create three 1980s-themed rooms. With its Pabst-themed jukebox, dartboard, and year-round string lights, "The Dive Bar Room" is a highlight.


So whether you're into grungy dives or SpongeBob, many fun and wacky hotel rooms await you at home and abroad.


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The Dive Bar Room
Grand Traverse Motel

The Dive Bar

Grand Traverse Motel in Traverse City, Michigan

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If you've ever pined for 1980s Americana — shag carpets, wood paneling, arcades, and dizzying wallpaper — Pabst Blue Ribbon's new bookable motel experience might be as close as you can get to time travel. The blue-collar (and hipster) beer company partnered with a Michigan motel to offer three '80s-themed rooms: "The Dive Bar," "The Rec Room," and "The Arcade Room." Though "The Dive Bar" is sold out at the time this article was published, the other rooms are still available at $184.40 a night (an homage to PBR's founding in 1844).

Wagon Wheel Villa, Adobe Grand Villas in Sedona, Arizona
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Wagon Wheel Villa

Adobe Grand Villas in Sedona, Arizona
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What Southwestern vacation would be complete without a good night's sleep in a covered wagon? The Wagon Wheel Villa allows just that — and you don't have to worry about dying of dysentery. It sleeps four and features lantern light fixtures, two fireplaces, saloon doors, leather furniture, and plenty of wooden accents. Giddyap!

'80s Video Game Sky Dome at Clear Sky Resort in Grand Canyon, Arizona
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'80s Video Game Sky Dome

Clear Sky Resort in Williams, Arizona

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The juxtaposition of video games and iconic desert landscapes might seem a little jarring, but it's something for the kids to look forward to after a day spent hiking and exploring the Grand Canyon. The room sleeps five, and amenities include unlimited play of retro video games, a telescope, rain shower, and two complimentary happy hour drinks daily. 

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

The Victorian Mansion at Los Alamos, 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.

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

Hotel Pelirocco in Brighton, England
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If Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser — Disney's overnight immersive adventure — isn't in the cards for you, 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.

The Cave, Adventure Suites in North Conway, New Hampshire
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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.

The Wizard's Emeralds, The Roxbury in Roxbury, New York
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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 tucked away in the Catskill Mountains. 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.

Ramen Room, Unique Pension in Gapyeong, South Korea
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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 Kingpin Suite

The Palms in Las Vegas
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In true over-the-top Vegas fashion, the Palms' Kingpin suite

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 is ready to welcome up to 10 guests for some friendly competition at its two private bowling alleys. Of course, that's not all — there's also a full bar, pool table, DJ booth, marble bathroom, butler service, and some of the swankiest bunk beds you've ever seen. 

The Pineapple, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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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 (OK, 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.

Gas Station Room, V8 Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany
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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 Herbie the Love Bug.

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

Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California
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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.

The Queen of Hearts Room, Wonderland House in Brighton, England
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The Queen of Hearts Room

Wonderland House in Brighton, England

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This room for up to six will indeed steal your heart with its playing-card bunk beds, crown-festooned wallpaper, and red velvet headboards. It's just one small part of the "Alice in Wonderland"-themed Wonderland House, which also has a dining room with teacup stools and a grinning Cheshire Cat, plus a Jabberwocky bathroom.

Arctic Room, Wildwood Inn in Florence, Kentucky
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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? A spa and a fireplace await for some much-needed warmth.

Space Suite, Kameha Grand Zurich in Switzerland
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Space Suite

Kameha Grand Zurich in Switzerland
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You'll feel like you've stumbled upon another realm in the ultramodern, 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.

Mayan Rainforest Suite, Black Swan Inn in Pocatello, Idaho
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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.

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.

Hello Kitty Room, Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo
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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.

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.

Twilight Room
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Twilight Room

Pacific Inn Motel in Forks, Washington

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Edward and Bella stans might want to make a pilgrimage to this "Twilight"-themed room at an otherwise innocuous motel in Forks, a small town in Washington that made an appearance in the global blockbuster. Gothic-style beds are decked out in black-and-red comforters, while "Twilight" posters adorn blood-red walls. The room also features a flat-screen TV with HBO and Showtime — maybe "Twilight" is on the lineup? 

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

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The Cinderella Castle Suite is the only hotel room that's inside Magic Kingdom, and no amount of money can buy you a stay here — it's typically reserved for contest winners. Still, it's 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.

The UFO Room
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The UFO

Treehotel in Harads, Sweden

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There are a nine wildly unique "rooms" to choose from at Sweden's Treehotel, all of which are hoisted above ground in the surrounding forest. The most out-of-this-world selection? The UFO, designed by architect Bertil Harström and featuring one double bed and three single beds. Enter the UFO through an electric, collapsible ladder in the floor, and keep an eye out for extraterrestrial visitors.