30 Incredible Themed Hotels You Can Stay in Right Now
Ever wanted to stay in a life-sized Lego castle? Or sleep in a pink palace fit for Barbie? If you’re ready to ditch your humdrum digs and try something different on your next trip, staying in a themed hotel is guaranteed to turn even the most mundane moments of your day into an Instagrammable experience.
Here’s a guide to the 30 most incredible themed hotels you can stay in right now.
If you’ve always dreamed of being a pilot but never made it to flight school, the Hangar Hotel in Fredericksburg, Texas, is for you. Designed to resemble a World War II-era airplane hangar and located on the grounds of the Gillespie County Airport, the 50-room hotel combines vintage details and a 1940s South Pacific theme with custom amenities like period leather furniture and elevated ceilings.
You can relax on the observation deck while watching takeoffs on the nearby tarmac or enjoy a cocktail at the upscale Officers Deck, which features a granite fireplace and pool table. The on-site restaurant, the Airport Diner, is modeled after a vintage railcar diner. Weekday rates start at $149, while a weekend stay will run $189 a night.
Located just steps from the Bryant Park location of the New York Public Library in Midtown Manhattan, the Library Hotel is a bibliophile’s dream come true. Not only are the ten floors of the stately hotel categorized according to the Dewey decimal classification, but each of the 60 rooms is dedicated to a specific sub-category and features its own miniature library. If you’re an amateur sky gazer, be sure to book room 500.006 (Astronomy). More artistic types will probably want to check out the music, painting, and fashion design rooms on the eighth floor (The Arts).
When you need a break from the books, you can grab a snack at The Reading Room, a cafe that’s open 24 hours a day, or take in sweeping city views in the Writer’s Den and Poetry Garden, which turns into a cozy rooftop bar every night. The $25 resort fee grants you access to the daily continental breakfast and complimentary wine and cheese reception among other perks. Rooms start at around $300 a night and are best suited for single travelers and couples.
Mean teachers and boring homework are a thing of the past at Kennedy School, just a few minutes’ drive from Portland, Oregon. Originally built in 1915 and home to thousands of students over the years, the Kennedy School underwent a massive renovation that honored the school’s history by converting classrooms into guest rooms, a former girls’ bathroom into a brewery, and the courtyard of the old teacher’s lounge into a soaking pool.
The school theme extends to the many bars and restaurants found throughout the hotel; there’s a Detention bar, an Honors bar and a Theater bar located in the lobby of a renovated movie theater. The hotel’s 57 rooms are split between those in the original school building, which feature chalkboards and cloakrooms and are named after notable figures from the school’s history, and the literature-inspired English Wing (where every room is named after a book), which was built into the spacious courtyard of the school. All rooms feature a private bath and telephone (plus free admission to the theater) and start at $155 for a single queen.
Jules Undersea Lodge
It’s one thing to hike to your treehouse hotel or take a helicopter or snowmobile to a remote wilderness resort. But at Jules Undersea Lodge (named after Jules Verne’s novel, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea) in Key Largo, Fla, the only way to get to your aquatic abode is via scuba diving. Seriously. The lodging at the world-famous Key Largo Undersea Park is 21 feet under the surface and was once a research facility to study the area’s mangrove lagoon, so guests will have an intimate view of life underwater.
If you already know how to scuba dive, you can head straight on down. There’s a mandatory, $95 lesson for guests who arrive without prior certification — completion of which means you’re now trained to dive and enjoy your stay. The station is fully equipped with a kitchen, spacious living area and bathroom, and 360-degree views of the lagoon. Specialty packages are available as well; single night occupancies run $675 a night or $800 for two guests.
Dog Bark Park Inn
Even cat lovers won’t be able to resist the giant beagle that gives the Dog Bark Park Inn its charm. And like any good dog, this one has a story: When married couple and working artists Dennis and Frances landed a lucrative deal with QVC in the 1990s, they invested the money into this giant, 2-bedroom inn (plus an adjacent gallery for Dennis’s chainsaw art) that’s since become an Idaho landmark.
The inn is accessible through a second-story entrance, which opens into a cozy living room and kitchenette with breakfast nook. A queen bed sleeps two in a downstairs room, while the loft area sleeps an additional two people on a pair of futons. There’s no phone or TV, but the Dog Bark Park Inn does offer Wi-Fi. Enjoy the continental self-serve breakfast, and don’t forget to pick up a handmade carving from the gift shop on the way out! One night for two guests runs $132. Dogs and other pets are, unsurprisingly, welcome for a small additional fee per tail.
Beckham Creek Cave Inn
There are times when you need to get away from it all, and then there are times when you need to get away. If it’s the latter you’re looking for, this living cavern, nestled deep inside a private, 260-acre resort in the Arkansas Ozarks, has everything you need to check out from society in luxurious style.
First off, the cavern is huge. Its 6,000 square feet contain four bedrooms and four bathrooms, a master suite with private spa accommodations, multiple living areas and lofted spaces, and a full, gourmet kitchen. The natural cave interior is full of stalactites and other incredible rock formations. And when you need some fresh air, you can take a short walk to the secluded catch-and-release pond or enjoy an al fresco meal on the deck. Rates start at $1,200 for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The Madonna Inn
It’s an unwritten Instagram rule that if you’re within a 100-mile radius of Madonna Inn, you’re obligated to stop in. A landmark of the central California coast since 1958, this lavishly decorated inn takes its name not from San Luis Obispo’s roots as a Spanish mission outpost, but from the last name of its famously eccentric founder, Alex Madonna. Each of the 110 rooms features a different, over-the-top theme and wild decor that draws guests from all over the world.
Rebuilt after a fire destroyed the original structure in 1966, Madonna Inn caters to every fantasy you could imagine – and then some. There’s a Matterhorn-themed room, a Stone Age room fit for the Flintstones, and even group themed rooms like “Merry,” “Go,” and “Round”; many rooms also feature private balconies, fireplaces, and Jacuzzi tubs. Unsurprisingly, the inn is a popular destination for bachelorette parties and weddings, so there’s an on-site spa and multiple event spaces. Rooms start at around $250 a night for double occupancy.
The Legoland Florida Resort
There’s something about the bright colors and endless possibilities of Legos that can make even the most stressed-out adult feel like a kid again, which makes a stay in the Legoland Hotel at the Legoland Florida Resort a colorful and unique family vacation destination. Kids will love the immersive Lego decor, thrill rides, and interactive experiences, while adults will enjoy the 5-star hotel service that lets them kick back and relax.
The main attraction at Legoland is (you guessed it) Legos! The hotel at Legoland is made up of over 2 million bricks and features four different themed rooms — Pirate, Adventure, Kingdom, Lego Friends, and The Lego Movie — as well as an in-room treasure hunt, nightly kids entertainment, and more. There’s also a beach-themed island park with lakeside cottages that are ideal for a summertime stay. All guests enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet and a host of amenities; rates vary depending on the number of guests and length of stay.
Turn your next trip to California wine country into a memorable romantic getaway with a stay at the cozy Featherbed Railroad in Nice, California. This picture-perfect property on the shores of Clear Lake is strictly adults-only and features nine themed rooms, a private beach, and a boat and is located just minutes away from wineries, restaurants, and local attractions.
Whether you choose the decadent Midnight in Paris room or the noir-themed Casablanca, every one of the cabooses at Featherbed Railroad is designed for immersive relaxation with Jacuzzi tubs, private balconies, and imported Carrara marble. Rooms start at $190 a night and can be upgraded with extras like a wine-and-cheese welcome or a bottle of champagne.
Carlton Arms Hotel
Tucked away in a quiet corner in Manhattan’s Kips Bay is the coolest hotel you’ve probably never heard of — The Carlton Arms. A respectable hotel in the early 20th century, it fell into disrepair in the 1960s and became an SRO (single-room occupancy) that rivaled the worst flophouses of 42nd Street. New ownership in the 1980s cleaned the place up and eventually began a residency program that allowed local and international artists stay for free...and let their imaginations run wild on the walls, floors, and ceilings of the hotel.
Spread out over four floors, nearly every surface in the Carlton Arms features a custom work of art. As befits its former SRO-status, most of the small but neatly furnished rooms share a bathroom ($90/night), with the exception of Room 5B which boasts not only a private washroom ($130/night), but a mural by Banksy who snuck into the hotel in 1999. And if that’s not enough art for you, check out the rotating exhibitions in the Artbreak Hotel Gallery.
The Shady Dell Vintage Trailer Court
If you take the old saying “Home is where the heart is,” to, well...heart, then traveling by RV is a pretty ideal way to live. But if you don’t want to have to worry about things like actually purchasing one (never mind storing it!), the Shady Dell Vintage Trailer Court in Bisbee, Arizona, offers all the fun of staying in a vintage RV without the hassle of actually owning one.
The trailers at Shady Dell grew out of the property’s long history as a popular RV stop for thrill seekers traveling down Highway 80. Each of the dozen trailers sports a different retro theme like the aptly-named Tiki Bus; the nautical-themed 1947 Chris Craft Yacht (which comes with a fully stocked galley); and the 1951 Royal Mansion which is a whopping 33 feet long and has a full-sized bedroom and playful leopard-print carpet. Rates for various trailers are available upon request. The park maintains its own bathroom and shower facilities as well as several charcoal grills for guest use.
For travelers who really want to stay off the beaten path, this man-made cave in northwestern New Mexico is a dream come true. It was originally designed as an office for a local geologist but was later transformed into a one-of-a-kind bed and breakfast with spectacular views of the La Plata river valley, and (if the weather is clear enough) the famous Four Corners of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado.
Getting here is no small feat — guests are encouraged to pack lightly for the hike, which cuts through the cliff face and descends nearly 70 feet into the mountain. But all that effort is worth it once you enter the 1,700-square-foot cave, which features a fully stocked kitchen, master bedroom, and living room. The spacious bathroom makes the most of the rock walls with a waterfall shower and Jacuzzi tub, a pair of porches, and a traditional kiva which offers plenty of space for quiet contemplation. Rates are available upon request.
Since 1978, the mission at Turpentine Creek in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, has been a simple one — to educate the public on the dangers of the exotic animal trade and provide refuge to animals who have been abused, especially highly prized big cats such as lions and tigers. They’re one of the few sanctuaries that also offers cabin-style lodging as well as RV and camping spaces, making a stay at Turpentine Creek the closest thing you can get to a safari without flying halfway across the world.
Families will love the homey design of the Siberian suite, which comes with an exclusive view of some of the sanctuary’s tigers. The one-of-a-kind treehouse comes with a wraparound staircase and unparalleled view of the entire property. For adults looking for privacy, there are a number of standalone lodges with colorful safari decor. All lodging fees go to support the non-profit TCWR, and every guest receives complimentary admission to the refuge as well as trolley tickets.
Kate’s Lazy Meadow Motel
Roam (if you want to) across the Catskills with a stay at the fabulous 1950s-inspired Kate’s Lazy Meadow. Owned and operated by Kate Pierson of the B-52s, this nine-acre compound in upstate New York consists of nine custom-designed suites with a mid-century theme — think retro-chic kitchens in pastel pink and bright teal, bold prints, and tons of treasures from Kate’s travels over the years. It’s a true labor of love that’s as quirky and cool as Kate herself.
Kate enlisted some help from her friends in designing the look of Lazy Meadow, including the design team behind the wild video for “Love Shack.” There’s nine suites, which range from private lofts for two to larger cottages that can fit up to eight guests and are scattered throughout the property a Lazy Cabin, which boasts two fireplaces ($275/night); and a mid-century Lazy Lodge ideal for families. There’s a ton of local activities to check out, or just set up camp on the meadow and simply enjoy the view.
Though it’s on the National Register of Historic Places and renowned for its hospitality and decor that pays tribute to Memphis and its blues scene, that’s not why most visitors come to stay at The Peabody. They come because of the ducks. For almost 90 years, the massive fountain in the lobby of the Peabody has been home to five wild mallard ducks who, when they’re not marching to the fountain and delighting guests, live in a glass structure on the hotel’s rooftop.
The Peabody is a big hotel, with almost 500 rooms offering everything from fully equipped executive and double rooms ($249/night) to romantic lofts with spiral staircases ($799/night). Once you’ve checked in and enjoyed a cocktail at the Jack Daniels-inspired Corner Bar, head over to the lobby for a front-row seat to the legendary Peabody Duck March, where the hotel’s resident Duckmaster leads the mallards down a red carpet to the famous fountain for a swim. And if you’re really feeling lucky, reserve the special Ducky Day Package for an extra memorable time.
This historic Oregon lighthouse has been guiding ships to safety on the rocky shores of the Pacific Ocean for over a hundred years, and it’s taken on a second life as an intimate bed and breakfast with stunning seaside views and period decor. If the idea of sampling local artisanal wine and cheese while relaxing on a Victorian-era wrap-around porch sounds like your idea of heaven, Heceta Lighthouse is the place for you.
Each of the rooms at Heceta Lighthouse is designed around a specific theme. There’s the popular Lightkeeper’s Room, which features a clawfoot tub with a direct view of the lighthouse; Victoria’s Room that has a view of the gardens sheltered from the elements; and the cozy Cape Cove room, so named for its view of the Cape Cove Bridge. Guests enjoy a seven-course breakfast served every morning and can even book a special midnight stroll to the lighthouse.
The Red Carpet Inn of Greenwood, Indiana, is your standard, reliable, I-need-a-hotel-room-and-anything-will-do kind of place. But if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, check into Fanta Suites, the quirky, attached motel whose over-the-top and imaginative themed rooms are designed to bring your wildest fantasies to life.
If you’re looking for a playful getaway, Fanta Suites has you covered. Sleep like an Egyptian queen in Pharaoh’s Room, which features a sarcophagus bed and “stone” architecture, or take a Venetian Holiday and enjoy the sights from your gondola bed and oversized Jacuzzi. Other popular themed rooms include Sherwood Forest, the Vegas-inspired Casino Royale, and the aptly named Alien Invasion. All rooms come standard with landlines and oversized steam showers, and rates start at $149 for two guests with an additional charge for extra people.
There are a few things you simply must do when you visit New Orleans, like get coffee and a beignet at Café Du Monde or catch a show at Preservation Hall. Visiting Tremé is also high on that must-see list, but why visit when you can feel like a local with a relaxing stay at Jazz Quarters? This family-owned boutique hotel features authentic Creole architecture and warm Southern hospitality in the historic neighborhood that inspired the critically acclaimed HBO show of the same name.
While the history of the property dates back to 1725, it opened for business as a hotel in the early 1990s with private cottages and rooms designed to celebrate the city’s legendary music scene. Each lodging is named after a different jazz legend and can accommodate everyone — from couples looking for a romantic weekend to large groups and families. There’s artwork from local painters and photographers, and amenities like free on-site parking, flat-screen TVs, and concierge service. And the courtyard in the center of this boutique hotel is guaranteed to make you feel like a New Orleans native.
Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island
Family-owned and operated for three generations, Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island is a traveler’s paradise. Just getting to the resort is an adventure itself — the hotel is located on the northern side of Mackinac Island and is only accessible via ferry from points on both the upper and lower Michigan peninsula. Cars are strictly prohibited on the island, which means horse-drawn carriages for everyone! But the real reason to visit Grand Hotel are the dozens of themed rooms that have attracted visitors from all over the world.
Every room in the Grand Hotel all 397 of them — are uniquely furnished and designed, but it’s in the Named Rooms and Suites where things get really fun. There are First Lady Suites, rooms dedicated to decorating styles like Victorian and Wicker, and even a suite honoring Hollywood legend Esther Williams (all double occupancies run $550/night). Other room options include 1- and 2-bedroom suites with gorgeous lake views ($345 per person/night) and a variety of cottages. The luxury spa resort offers a host of activities like tennis, lawn games and golf, as well as afternoon tea and live music. Come prepared: proper attire is required after 6:30 pm.
Red Caboose Motel
The story of how Red Caboose Motel came to be is as entertaining as they come. Legend has it Donald Denlinger reluctantly came into possession of surplus cabooses from the Pennsylvania Railroad and turned them into the now-iconic Red Caboose Motel in the heart of Amish country. What started as a 19-caboose motel in 1970 has now grown to include more than 38 different cabooses that celebrate the history of the American railroad.
Families can choose from a small ($115/night), medium (RATE HERE), or large ($125/night) family caboose, while couples have a half or whole caboose option. There’s even a honeymoon caboose with a whirlpool and private deck. Train enthusiasts will love staying in the renovated mail car or baggage car. Standard in every caboose are climate control, microwaves, and cable TV. There’s also a railcar restaurant, Casey Jones’, that offers all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Settlers Crossing Bed & Breakfast
Whether you’re looking for a romantic couples getaway or the next destination for a family vacation, Settler’s Crossing has something for everyone. Located outside Fredericksburg, Texas, (about an hour from San Antonio) this charming Texas hill country compound features seven historic cottages on 35 acres of idyllic landscape that offers guests privacy and comfort any time of year.
Each of the seven cottages features a distinctive design and theme. The Kusenberger Cabin, which was built in 1850, has original stone floors and a loft area above the fireplace, while the Pioneer Log Cabin is a treasure trove of 18th- and 19th-century antiques. All cottages come with fully equipped kitchens and central heat-and-air, with a continental breakfast delivered right to your door. Rates for double occupancy start at $145 a night.
Falls Brook Yurts
If you book a stay at these picturesque yurts in upstate New York, be prepared to take a hike — literally. To get to this tiny outpost 250 miles north of New York City, guests have to hike two-thirds of a mile up a state hiking trail that runs alongside a waterfall, making a stay at Falls Brook perfect for avid hikers, nature lovers, and anyone who likes to travel off the beaten path.
Each yurt is fully insulated and comes outfitted with everything you’ll need for a memorable adventure, including a fully equipped kitchen and a campfire The yurts comfortably sleep up to seven or eight guests on a variety of futons, bunk beds, and queen-size beds. The open dome is perfect for stargazing, while the covered porch lets you store gear nearby. But be forewarned — backcountry living means composting bathrooms. Rates start at $95 per night for two people with an extra $20 for additional guests; kids under 11 can stay free of extra charge.
Marfa, Texas, has long been a destination for artists, musicians, and all kinds of offbeat personalities, and El Cosmico captures that free-spirited, bohemian vibe with a wild collection of yurts, teepees, safari tents, and camping rentals. Ever feel like sleeping in a hammock outside a vintage Airstream trailer? Ready for a spiritual retreat in a spacious yurt? Here’s where to make it happen.
Deciding where to stay at this funky desert outpost is half the fun. Do you pick the Cosmic Kasita ($265/night), a collaboration between El Cosmico and an award-winning micro-home builder, or settle into a cozy teepee ($79/night) that features a queen bed and a loveseat? There’s a bathhouse nearby for all your bathing and showering needs (towels and locally made toiletries are included with every lodging) and a provisions store where you can purchase all kinds of El Cosmico-branded gear. One word of caution: There’s no Wi-Fi, so ditch the phone and have some fun IRL.
The ecological philosophy behind Earthship Biotecture is a simple one — build homes that are self-sustaining and environmentally friendly without sacrificing in the quality-of-life department. Dubbed “Earthships,” these off-the-grid rental properties in the artist enclave of Taos, New Mexico, are a kind of proof-of-concept that will appeal to anyone in search of a radical new approach to traveling.
Designed to be self-sustaining in almost every way, Earthships are naturally air-conditioned and ventilated and feature a host of amenities including full kitchens, flat screen TVs, fireplaces, even Netflix. Enjoy the sustainable jungle greenery of the Phoenix ($410/night for 4–6 guests), or take in the cool comfort of the Picuris ($210/night for 2–4 guests). The compound is just 14 miles from Taos, so after a full day of exploring the town and checking out the gorgeous desert scenery, you can retire in style, comfort, and peace of mind.
Triple Creek Ranch
This all-inclusive, adult-only mountain resort combines high-end comfort with a rustic theme and the breathtaking beauty of western Montana. Located 75 miles from Missoula, Triple Creek Ranch is dedicated to giving its guests a rejuvenating, distraction-free experience. There’s no cell phone service anywhere on the ranch (but don’t worry: there is wireless internet). If you’ve ever wanted to live your best life outdoors, Triple Creek is where dreams come true.
Guests can choose from between 1-, 2-, or 3-bedroom luxury cabins (which start at $1,050 a night), all with private mountain views and terraces, wood-burning fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, and luxury amenities, or settle into gorgeously appointed mountain homes that require a car or other transportation to the main lodge. A huge roster of activities and excursions are included in the resort fee, including 9-hole disc golf, horseback riding, archery, skiing, fly fishing — even sapphire panning!
The story of Winvian Farm began in 1775, when Dr. Seth Bird built a modest home for himself and his family in rural Connecticut. Over decades, his single-family home transformed into a sprawling retreat designed for maximum rest and relaxation. There are 18 themed cottages, a full-service spa, and a resort suite in the original clapboard building, Winvian Farm is a unique vacation destination.
With over a dozen specialty cottages spread across the 113-acre compound, there’s something for everyone at Winvian Farm. Nature lovers will feel right at home in the Beaver Lodge ($1,499/night) and Log Cabin ($999/night) cottages, while artists and creative types will find inspiration in the Artist ($1,099/night) and Music residences ($899/night). Most cottages feature high-end details like granite fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, and steam showers for the ultimate getaway. There’s also an on-site spa and a seasonal organic farm-to-table restaurant.
The Queen Mary
Built in Scotland in 1930 and an active passenger liner until 1967, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, is a hotel experience unlike any other. The former Cunard liner was one of the most modern and luxurious ships in the world when she set sail in 1936 and carried stars like Bob Hope (and even World War II troops) in her 347 rooms before being converted into a Southern California tourist and hotel destination.
The Queen Mary is a marvel of Art Deco style and design. Experts and historians have carefully preserved its grand interior throughout the numerous staterooms and suites (rooms start at $100; suites at $189), a former first-class lounge turned bar, and fine-dining restaurants with seaside views. Amenities include a full-service spa, numerous gift shops, guided tours and exhibits, and pet-friendly policies.
The Liberty Hotel
Formerly known as the Charles Street Jail, the Liberty Hotel in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill has turned its infamous history into a stylish hotel experience you won’t find anywhere else. The landmark building (which was built in 1851 and decommissioned in the early 1970s due to severe overcrowding) was re-opened in 2007 as a luxury hotel with former jail cells re-imagined as high-end accommodations and upscale bars and restaurants with names like Clink and Alibi.
Because of its central location in downtown Boston, the Liberty Hotel is the perfect home base for exploring the historic city. Guests are just steps away from Boston Common and the Public Gardens (where a ride on the swan boats is a must), the Theater District, Newbury St., and more. Each room is outfitted with luxury details like imported linens, flat-screen TVs, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Rooms start at around $550, while a city-view suite will run around $1,000.
If you spent your childhood wondering what it would be like to live in a treehouse, TreeHouse Point will make all your dreams come true. This unique retreat just outside Seattle was created in 2004 by Pete and Judy Nelson, a couple with a passion for treehouses and hospitality. It is comprised of six custom treehouses; a main lodge; two bathhouses; and a rustic event space that’s ideal for weddings, vow renewals, elopements, photo shoots, and more.
Each treehouse is individually designed in-house by Nelson Treehouse and Supply with names like Trillium, Temple of the Blue Moon, and Bonbibi. Though the accommodations aren’t exactly conventional, the treehouses are heated and come with bedding, shampoo and conditioner, and towels. Anything else you may need is available in the lodge. Due to the unique treehouse design, pets and children under 13 are not allowed. Rates are variable throughout the year and are only available by contacting the company directly.
San Francisco has a rich history as a port city and the Argonaut Hotel, ideally situated on the wharf in the city’s Maritime Historical District, combines contemporary comfort with a chic nautical theme. The hotel is housed in the iconic Haslett Warehouse (built in 1907) on Pier 39 and offers stunning views of the San Francisco Bay in thoughtfully designed rooms that feature exposed red brick and luxury bath amenities.
Each of the rooms in the Argonaut comes standard with flat panel TVs, iHome dock stations, and workstations (though if you’re on vacation, you definitely won’t need them). After a long day exploring the city, enjoy a relaxing massage or other pampering treatments at the wellness spa, which also offers in-room appointments. And if you’re the kind of person who likes to travel with their pet, the Argonaut welcomes furry friends for an additional charge. Single, king, and queen rooms in this eco-friendly hotel start at around $450.