Themed hotel rooms
Make your children's dreams come true with a hotel stay in an over-the-top themed suite - Grace Wye discovers they won't be able to believe their eyes.
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Hotel LEGOLAND, Denmark
Treasury and Adventure, Pirate, Knight and Princess – with themed rooms like these, LEGOLAND in Denmark is full of excitement and, of course, LEGO. The theme runs throughout your entire suite, including a themed bathroom that ensures there isn’t a spot of ‘boring’ anywhere to be found. LEGOLAND also gives children staying at the resort the chance to meet other kids at the hotel in the playrooms, which add more LEGO and fun to the mix. LEGOLAND Park is also just outside your door, so the kids will be surrounded by marvels and wonder both inside and outside. When they tire of all the activities and games, the littlies can retire to their private chamber for the night and doze off into dreams filled with pirates, dragons and memories of their action-packed day.
Eloise Suite, The Plaza Hotel
Adored by girls and women alike, the 1950s book series Eloise by Kay Thompson lives on in the Eloise Suite at The Plaza New York. This recreation of the beloved character spares no detail. The rooms, dressed in pink from top to toe, are sure to excite girls regardless of how well they know the books. For Eloise fans, it is worth visiting the property even if you aren’t staying there – enjoy an afternoon at the tea rooms and a stroll through The Plaza’s Eloise shop.
Barbie Suite, Palms Casino Resort
Located in the Palm Fantasy Tower in Las Vegas, a stay in the Barbie Suite is sure to create plastic-fantastic magic. The 218m-square abode sleeps six, and you’ll feel as though you’re living in your own Barbie dream house, complete with steam shower, Jacuzzi tub, seven TVs, a fireplace and limo service. All this amid furnishings that are luxe kitsch – bright pinks and Barbie art abounds. Highlights include the plastic pet poodle sculptures and a feature mirror made of 65 Barbie dolls.
Mickey Mouse Penthouse, Disneyland Hotel
The Mickey Mouse Penthouse is the crème de la crème of Disneyland Hotel’s Signature Suites, but be warned that it also comes with a price tag. You’ll be luxuriously enveloped by bright Mickey Mouse-colours, with Mickey motifs on walls, bed sheets, bathroom tiles... you get the idea. The two-bedroom suite is stocked with nostalgic memorabilia, with all enduring fans bound to be impressed by Steamboat Mickey figurines, classic Mickey telephones, original sketches on the backs of dining rooms chairs, as well as little details you can count on Disney to deliver.
LEGOLAND California Resort
Theme park attractions such as LEGOLAND often result in tired parents and sugared-up kids who refuse to go home. This, however, can be alleviated when staying at LEGOLAND California Resort. After a day at LEGOLAND, you can retire to your suite and explore the land of swashbuckling pirates, embark into a world of adventure or enter the castle of a medieval king. These rooms are designed to inspire your child’s imagination and will no doubt result in hours of role playing, all within the confines of their own fantastic ‘kids’ area’.
Despicable Me, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
With the release of Despicable Me 2 in October 2013, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Orlando, unveiled a Despicable Me-themed room. Upon entering through the vault doors, your little minions will be transported into the world of Gru’s Laboratory and surrounded by playful characters bouncing from the walls. After all this excitement, coaxing kids into missile-shaped beds at the end of the day should be easy.
Kidsuites, Holiday Inn Phuket
Accommodating up to two adults and two children under 12 years old, Holiday Inn Phuket has rooms that immerse your little ones in all things pirate. The kid’s area is separate from the king-sized parents’ room so both children and adults can relax in peace. With a toy box, Playstation, TV and video, as well as beanbags and their own special play desk, children will revel in battling the high seas in their own pirate ship-beds.
V8 Hotel, Stuttgart
What better way to celebrate travelling to the birthplace of BMW and Volkswagen than staying at the V8 Hotel Stuttgart? Spend the night under the stars in the drive-in cinema room, at the service station in a converted VW Beetle or even in a carwash or garage. Yes, Dad is likely to be just as impressed as the kids with this hotel. With on-request babysitting services as well as a large playground located on the hotel grounds, families are well catered for, and real car enthusiasts will love checking out the Trading Hall – it’s full of car classics.
Disney Art of Animation Resort
Families can be immersed in fantasy when they stay at the Disney Art of Animation Resort, Florida. Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid are all movies that your family can become a part of during their stay. If the themed rooms aren’t enough to convince you, the Disney Art of Animation Resort boasts being home to the largest resort pool in Walt Disney World Resort inspired by the film, Finding Nemo, and two more pools, one based around the Cozy Cone from Cars and the Flippin’ Fins Pool featuring the Little Mermaid’s Under the Sea Orchestra.
Taking hotel stays to other-worldly levels is Adventure Suites in New Hampshire, USA. There really is a suite for everyone with rooms decorated in everything from psychedelic 70s chic to Ancient Roman grandeur. For families, the best options include The Cave, an ode to the Flintstones that sleeps two adults and up to six kids and The Treehouse, which is sure to enchant younger children, again sleeping two adults and up to six littlies. They can climb inside Mr. Tree Trunk and pass a few hours while Mum and Dad enjoy relaxing in the jetted tub on the front porch. Bliss!
Great Wolf Lodge
There are 11 Great Wolf Lodge locations across America, but they all have one thing in common. It's a back to nature approach in their camp-style themed rooms, with extra helpings of fun. The KidKamp Suite , sleeping up to six features its very own 'tent' and all the amenities for Mum and Dad to enjoy, like a 32 inch television and private balcony or patio. For the animal-lovers, the Wolf Den Suite features a 'cave' sleeping area of the cubs.