PHOTOS: 9 crazy hotel rooms around the world
10:35 AM, Aug 28, 2013
Polar Suite at the Radisson Blu Oslo, Norway: The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel is Oslo's most prominent hotel in the most literal sense: The 37-story skyscraper is the tallest building in Norway, and towers above the other buildings in the city skyline. The ultra-decadent specialty suites have hosted numerous celebrities, including the aptly named Polar Suite.
The Wicked Suite at the Serrano Hotel, San Francisco: The Serrano has a fun-and-games theme and free happy hours, but those looking for a truly wicked good time should consider the hotel's Wicked Suite, dedicated to the famous musical. A giant rendering of the witch Elphaba over the bed may be a little creepy to some.
Barbie Suite at The Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas: This three-tower, off-the-Strip hotel known for its crazy parties and celebrity stopovers has some seriously over-the-top suites on offer. Among them: the sultry Erotic Suite, the Lebowski-worthy Kingpin Suite, the A-lister Celebrity Suite, and arguably most outrageous of all, the Barbie Suite, which is fully loaded with pink décor and Barbie images.
Psychedelic(ate) Girl at the Pelican Hotel, Miami Beach: The Pelican Hotel's 32 fun rooms, such as the stripey Executive Zebra or the trippy Psychedelic(ate) Girl, with bright yellow, green and blue décor -- are all unique, though they are showing wear. The hotel is in party central, across from the beach.
The Mirage Suite at The Luxe Manor, Hong Kong: The Luxe Manor is a true sensory experience for the eyes. This upscale boutique hotel is designed to look like Salvador Dali's imagination -- and the result is certainly surreal. The Mirage Suite has mind-bending décor details such as slanting bookshelves and a curving desk; the quirky style can have a dizzying effect.
Rock Star Magnificent Suite at Hotel ZaZa, Dallas: A glamorous, ultra-hip hangout, the 153-room Hotel ZaZa is a cool alternative to the luxurious but sometimes stuffy hotels in Uptown Dallas. The Rock Star Magnificent Suite, one of the hotel's super-luxurious themed specialty suites, is decked out in rock star fashion, featuring animal prints, velvet, an electric guitar and lithographs of major rock icons.
The Golden Room at the Michelberger Hotel, Berlin: The Michelberger Hotel is a trendy, budget-friendly option set in a former warehouse. Most of the rooms are spare and modern, but the Gold Room is decked out in opulent, romantic style.
The Archaeologist's Digs at The Roxbury, The Catskills: The Roxbury is one of the funkiest hotels in the Catskills region, and its Theme Studios have style inspired by movies, cartoons, and TV shows from the 1960s and '70s. For example: the insanely cool Amadeus' Bride Suite, and the Archeologist Digs, a suite worthy of Indiana Jones himself.
Musique Room at Hotel Apostrophe Rive Gauche, Paris: Located on the Left Bank and just a hop, skip and a jump to Luxembourg Gardens, this boutique hotel has 16 artsy rooms that feature distinct themes -- like the "Musique" room, which has a hand-painted musical mural on the wall. It's not a place for conformists -- even the exterior facade is painted in a tree design, making it stand out among its more traditional neighbors.
Some hotels have jazzed up their rooms in a major way, and we've seen plenty of uber-quirky decor on our travels, from a Barbie-themed suite in Las Vegas to a room with psychedelic styling in Miami.