9 Hottest Hotel Attractions in America

From drive-in movie theaters to elaborate water shows, check out our picks for the hottest hotel attractions that are sure to make your next vacation a memorable one.

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The Broadmoor (Colorado)

The Broadmoor (Colorado)

The Broadmoor was built in the early 20th century as the "Grand Dame of the Rockies." Sitting at an elevation of 6,230 feet above sea level, the hotel was one of the finest resort destinations during the Gilded Age. 960 1280

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Biltmore Estate (North Carolina)

Biltmore Estate (North Carolina)

Although the mansion itself is only available for tours, not overnight stays, the estate boasts three well-appointed lodging properties: The Inn on Biltmore Estate, Cottage on Biltmore Estate and Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate. 960 1280

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Hotel Del Coronado (California)

Hotel Del Coronado (California)

Located just across from the San Diego Bay, Hotel del Coronado is one of the largest wooden structures in the U.S. Built in 1888, the hotel has gone on to host presidents, royalty and celebrities, like Charlie Chaplin back in the day. 960 1280

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Nottoway Plantation & Resort (Louisiana)

Nottoway Plantation & Resort (Louisiana)

Take a stroll through the largest antebellum mansion in the South. Built in 1859, Nottoway Plantation in White Castle, LA, has three floors, six taircases, three bathrooms and a whopping 64 rooms. 960 1280

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The Cincinnatian Hotel (Ohio)

The Cincinnatian Hotel (Ohio)

The Cincinnatian Hotel has been a landmark of downtown Cincinnati since 1882. The hotel, originally known as the Palace Hotel, spans eight stories, and was built in the French Second Empire architectural style. 960 1280

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Beverly Hills Hotel (California)

Beverly Hills Hotel (California)

Opened in 1912, the famed Beverly Hills Hotel hosted the Silent Age’s great stars, from Rudolph Valentino to Gloria Swanson. The hotel was designed by Pasadena architect Elmer Grey, in the Mediterranean Revival style.  960 1280

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The Plaza Hotel (New York)

The Plaza Hotel (New York)

Located across from Central Park, the famed Plaza Hotel is one of the prized jewels of Manhattan. The 20-story luxury hotel was featured in Fitzgerald’s "The Great Gatsby." It was also one of the main settings for the book, "The Princess Diaries." 960 1280

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The Stanley Hotel (Colorado)

The Stanley Hotel (Colorado)

We all know of this historic Colorado hotel as the setting for "The Shining." Overlooking Rocky Mountain National Park, this 140-room neo-Georgian hotel in Estes Park also boasts a ghost adventure package; a stay in a haunted room is included. 960 1280

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Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (New Hampshire)

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (New Hampshire)

Set against New Hampshire’s White Mountains, this property dates back to 1865, and is spread across 1,700 acres in the town of Whitefield, NH. 960 1280

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The Grand Hotel (Michigan)

The Grand Hotel (Michigan)

This historic hotel on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, stretches back to 1887. The hotel boasts views of the Straits of Mackinac, which you can enjoy from the comfort of a rocking chair, on the world’s longest porch. 960 1280

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The Biltmore Hotel (Florida)

The Biltmore Hotel (Florida)

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla., was built by a business magnate in 1926. At the time of its construction, which cost a total of $10 million, the property was the tallest building in all of Florida. 960 1280

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Castle Hotel and Spa (New York)

Castle Hotel and Spa (New York)

The Castle Hotel & Spa is just 30 minutes from Manhattan, and offers great views of the Hudson River. More than 100 years old, the property has roots in America’s Gilded Age.  960 1280

Castle Hotel & Spa  

The US Grant Hotel (California)

The US Grant Hotel (California)

A fixture of downtown San Diego, the U.S. Grant Hotel, was built by Ulysses S. Grant Jr. (yes, the famous president's son.) Buck, as he was called, named the hotel in his father’s honor. Today, the hotel boasts 270 guestrooms and a roster of famous guests, including 12 U.S. presidents. 960 1280

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The Heathman Hotel (Portland, Oregon)

The Heathman Hotel (Portland, Oregon)

Built in the 1920s, the Heathman Hotel is located at the corner of Salmon Street and Broadway in Portland, Ore. The 10-story structure was built to host the rich timber barons and politicians of the day. 960 1280

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Fake-Out Photo

Fake-Out Photo

Oyster.com uncovers the truth about hotel photos posted on pamphlets and websites. See the fake photo, and then compare it to the real photo taken by an Oyster reporter. Take a look at how perfectly staged everything is set up at the Grand Palladium Bavaro Resort & Spa’s buffet in the Dominican Republic. This marketing photo in on the resort’s website. 960 1280

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Real Photo

Real Photo

Here’s the real deal. The food at the buffet looks like people have already picked over the food. The presentation isn't as perfect as it appears in the hotel’s marketing photo. 960 1280

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Fake-Out Photo

Fake-Out Photo

This is the image the California Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas used to promote their Deluxe King rooms on their website. 960 1280

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Real Photo

Real Photo

Although the off-the-Strip property is clean, comfortable and quiet, the real thing just looks colorless. Oyster.com’s hotel reviewer felt a bit let down by the lack of “tropical-island-paradise” décor promised on the hotel’s website. 960 1280

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Fake-Out Photo

Fake-Out Photo

Sometimes the waterin a photo is too blue; the trees are too green; and the cocktails are too yellow. This photo of Miami’s Blue Moon Hotel is conveniently cropped so you can’t get a full view of the pool. 960 1280

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Real Photo

Real Photo

Apparently the pool at the Blue Moon Hotel is big enough for at least 1 fabulous person, or at least it appears that way based on this photo above. 960 1280

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Fake-Out Photo

Fake-Out Photo

Ah, the Dominican Republic. At the Don Juan Beach Resort the surrounding buildings seem to disappear, and from the pool, there appears to be an unobstructed view of the beach. 960 1280

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Real Photo

Real Photo

In reality, the pool at the Don Juan Beach Resort is very close to the sand. If you stand just a little to the left and turn your camera a bit to the right, as the Oyster reporter did when he visited, you’ll see that part of the hotel looms over the pool. The building, cleverly omitted from the marketing photo, spoils the view and disturbs the serenity, even if the pool is just steps away from the sand. 960 1280

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Fake-Out Photo

Fake-Out Photo

The photographer for this marketing photo got down and dirty to capture this pool at the Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills. By crouching low near the pool, the photographer can get a wide-angle shot that makes the pool appear larger. When part of the pool is out of sight, it’s hard to tell where it truly ends or begins. 960 1280

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Real Photo

Real Photo

Reality check! Oyster.com’s real photo shows the pool in its entirety. You can clearly see that the pool isn’t as large as it appears in the marketing photo. 960 1280

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Fake-Out Photo

Fake-Out Photo

Similar to the fake-out photo at the Crown Plaza Hotel Beverly Hills, this fake-out photo a hotel pool can lead potential guests to believe that the it's larger than it appears. Notice how this marketing photo at The Orlando hotel in Los Angeles only shows a small corner of the pool. 960 1280

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Real Photo

Real Photo

As Oyster.com’s photo shows (featured), the pool at The Orlando hotel is quite tiny. Don't expect any elaborate pool parties here. 960 1280

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Fake-Out Photo

Fake-Out Photo

We doubt that the beach at the Barcelo Capella Beach Resort in the Dominican Republic is often as beautiful as this photo looks. In fact, an Oyster hotel reviewer saw the beach at its finest and snapped some photos. 960 1280

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Real Photo

Real Photo

Oyster.com’s hotel reviewer went back to the beach near Barcelo Capella Beach Resort at another time of day, and found the beach littered with seaweed and some trash. Although it’s not the resort’s fault, the seaweed-laden photo -- when compared to the hotel’s pristine marketing photo -- provides a striking contrast. 960 1280

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Angels and Kings, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

Angels and Kings, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

Angels and Kings, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago
Rocker Pete Wentz moved his Chicago bar into the Hard Rock’s space at the beginning of the year --hopefully breathing some new life into an already old-news place. The lush couches, cool artwork and “no-velvet rope” policy make this a perfect spot to get to know someone in a cozy environment. The bar maintains a "come as you are" policy, meaning no one is turned away at the door.
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Bar Noir, Maison 140 Beverly Hills

Bar Noir, Maison 140 Beverly Hills

Bar Noir, Maison 140 Beverly Hills
The intimate setting that Bar Noir offers is ideal for catching up on great conversation --even when its packed. Ask the super-hot bartender to whip you up a specialty Bourbon cocktail, but skip the daily Absinthe happy hour if you want to actually get somewhere or to some place on other than the bar on the first date.
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Carousel Bar, Hotel Monteleone

Carousel Bar, Hotel Monteleone

Carousel Bar, Hotel Monteleone
It’s everything that Bourbon Street spots aren’t. Even though Carousel Bar is a mere block from the French Quarter nightlife, the vibe is other-worldy here. Watch the stationary bartenders as you circle around the bar --it’s kind of dizzying-- while taking in Southern charm and delicious drinks. For a sweet treat, get the Tiramisu martini.
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Dusk, The Westin Georgetown

Dusk, The Westin Georgetown

Dusk, The Westin Georgetown
This restaurant and bar combo is the perfect place to end a day or start a night with someone special. Its easy lighting and plush furniture can make anyone feel right at home. The food is the real draw. Small plates are inherently sexy, easily customizable, and freaking delicious --well, that’s true at Dusk.
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Highbar, Dream South Beach

Highbar, Dream South Beach

Highbar, Dream South Beach
Come on, how could you not want to bring a date here? The 1970s-inspired lounge is complete with a rooftop infinity pool, and the seating arrangements are clearly second to none. We recommend ordering a few rounds of The Heat --tequila, cucumber and spicy sambal-- to spice things up.
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Kittichai, 60 Thompson

Kittichai, 60 Thompson

Kittichai, 60 Thompson
The trendy NYC ambiance simply rules. Although the Thai food is only so-so on a good day at this combo bar-restaurant, the romantic atmosphere makes up for its over salted fare. Eclectic music adds to the quirky-chic vibe. Just be prepared to shell out a few bucks because everything’s more expensive in Manhattan.
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Living Room, W Austin

Living Room, W Austin

Living Room, W Austin
The super-chic set can be found mingling at this Austin hotspot --sure to impress even the pickiest of dates. The bartenders here are epic --customers have sworn the drinks are some of the best they’ve had in their lives-- just like the spicy lemonade. Make sure there’s a fire roaring for a touch of extra romance.
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The Lounge, Magnolia Hotel Denver

The Lounge, Magnolia Hotel Denver

The Lounge, Magnolia Hotel Denver
The contemporary décor --look at those insanely plush couches-- modernize an otherwise simple spot that’s great for snuggling. The food is pretty good. If things get really awkward, then grab a cue and play a few rounds of billiards with your date. At least you’ll have something to talk about.
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Redwood Room, Clift Hotel

Redwood Room, Clift Hotel

Redwood Room, Clift Hotel
Impressive digital artistry makes the Redwood Room a true standout, but the dark, seductive ambiance is suggestive of a 1930s speakeasy. It’s pretty much the sexiest spot ever. Avoid the 55+, bottle-service crowd by planting yourselves appropriately at a 2-top table.
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Chandelier, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Chandelier, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Chandelier, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
More Vegas monstrosity than intimate bar, the Chandelier takes up 3 levels of the Cosmopolitan, and each floor offers up its own take on the Vegas lounge scene. However, the bar is ideal for those looking for an off-the-cuff or non-clubby night out. Drink the Hot Chili Dragonfruit cocktail for extra spring in your step --anything fruity is this bar’s unofficial specialty.
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