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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.