Would You Sleep Here?

Traveling is about embracing new and unique experiences, and sometimes, those experiences include the places you can stay along the way. We’ve assembled some of the most unusual and wackiest hotels around the world … and we ask you, would you stay at some of these bizarre accommodations?

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Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado, resort, Samana, Dominican Republic
Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado - Samana, Dominican Republic

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado - Samana, Dominican Republic

The Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado is the only resort with its own private island in the Dominican Republic. Soak up the sun at the scenic beaches and beautiful pools, and relax in the luxurious rooms with private whirlpool tubs. 960 1280

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Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado - Samana, Dominican Republic

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado - Samana, Dominican Republic

Located on the Samana Peninsula in the Dominican Republic, the Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado has two gorgeous pools with bars nearby and plenty of lounge chairs, and both are exceptionally clean. The snack bar at the beach pool offers a basic buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, rice, salad and selected entrees. 960 1280

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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows - Oahu, Hawaii

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows - Oahu, Hawaii

Relax in the hammocks on the quiet beach at Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, a charming but no-frills property on Oahu's picturesque North Shore. Oahu's most famous surfing spots are just down the street. 960 1280

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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows - Oahu, Hawaii

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows - Oahu, Hawaii

Location trumps luxury at these 11 beachfront bungalows. The lodgings are modest, with few amenities and minimal service, but a beautiful beach is just steps away. 960 1280

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Travaasa Hana - Maui, Hawaii

Travaasa Hana - Maui, Hawaii

Travaasa Hana has incredible service, a top-notch spa, excellent food and 77 rooms on acres of property. It may be hard to reach, but it's worth the trip. 960 1280

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Travaasa Hana - Maui, Hawaii

Travaasa Hana - Maui, Hawaii

The Travaasa Hana delivers rustic luxury in the middle of Maui's lush and secluded east coast. It's not directly on the beach, but it has two beautiful pools. 960 1280

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Jake's - South Coast, Jamaica

Jake's - South Coast, Jamaica

Jake's is a member of Island Outpost, Jamaica's trendiest hotel group. Guests come to unplug — there's no phone, internet or TV in the cottages. 960 1280

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Jake's - South Coast, Jamaica

Jake's - South Coast, Jamaica

Jake's is a particular favorite because of the on-site painting and yoga classes, the excellent food and the Driftwood Spa. The spa has several open-air treatment rooms that are built into cliffs overlooking the ocean. 960 1280

Jakes Hotel  

Geejam - Port Antonio, Jamaica

Geejam - Port Antonio, Jamaica

The setting of the Geejam is gorgeous, the service is extraordinary, and one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches is only 10 minutes away. The hotel offers guests peaceful isolation, but one of its drawbacks is that there are no pool or spa facilities. 960 1280

Geejam Hotel  

Geejam - Port Antonio, Jamaica

Geejam - Port Antonio, Jamaica

The Geejam is made up of only five private, high-tech cottages in the lush foothills of Port Antonio. Modern electronics in the rooms include 42-inch flat-screens, AppleTV, iPod docks and free Wi-Fi. 960 1280

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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort - St. John, US Virgin Islands

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort - St. John, US Virgin Islands

Caneel Bay sits on 170 acres of a protected national park, dotted with seven remote beaches. The largest beach also attracts non-resort guests, but the other beaches on the property are much more secluded. 960 1280

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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort - St. John, US Virgin Islands

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort - St. John, US Virgin Islands

Caneel's attentive service and gorgeous setting make it one of the Caribbean's best secluded resorts. The most notable of the hotel's four restaurants is Equator, which was built inside and on top of an 18th-century sugar mill. 960 1280

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Best Western Adirondack Inn
This alpine-style Best Western, located in Lake Placid, NY, has a great location across from the Olympic Center and blocks from downtown Lake Placid and Mirror Lake beach. The cozy living-room-like lobby, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, fitness center, free breakfast and game room are added bonuses.
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The Annabelle Inn
This rustic Aspen, CO, lodge stays true to its unflashy roots with nicely updated mountain-lodge-style decor in the lobby, including tons of old, unfinished barn wood (even the ceilings), comfy leather couches and a cozy stone fireplace. The layout of the Annabelle is unlike any other in the area, with a 4-story, courtyard-style layout exposing all the stairways and walkways to the elements.
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The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort
This rustic-luxe, chalet-inspired lodge is one of Vail's premier options, with a location in the heart of Vail Square, near the Eagle Bahn lift. The 62 luxurious rooms feature massive bathrooms, stone fireplaces and scenic balconies. Both the lavish spa and rooftop lap pool pack serious wow factor.
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Crystal Peak Lodge
As one of the higher-end properties in Breckenridge, it has a great winter location on Peak 7, right on the Breck-Connect Gondola line. Upscale details can be found throughout, including exposed wood beams in the open common area and stone fireplaces in the big, individually owned condos.
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Fairmont Chateau Whistler
This 550-room Fairmont Chateau is perched amid Bavarian-styled buildings just outside of Whistler Village, with magnificent views and close proximity to ski lifts. The 2 eucalyptus steam rooms and multiple Jacuzzis make it easy for guests to warm up after a day in the snow.
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High Peaks Resort
Near the Olympic Center and a short drive away from slopes, the High Peaks resort is built on the site of the first Lake Placed B&B, built over 100 years ago. Today, it's a great pick because of its warm, inviting interior and scenic views of the lake (seen from most rooms).
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Loden Hotel
In a bustling coastal metropolis that uniquely offers views of both the mountains and the sea, a boutique hotel is just what you need to come home to in Vancouver. The Loden Hotel will make you feel relaxed after a long day of skiing the nearby slopes.
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Nita Lake Lodge
A luxurious escape from the madness of the touristy parts of Whistler, the 77 suites at Nita Lake Lodge evoke sophisticated, mountain-town style, with high, vaulted ceilings, fireplaces and beautiful balconies with gorgeous views.
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One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort
One Ski Hill Place is located directly on the mountain in Breckenridge, CO, and the on-site Gondola transports guests within walking distance to Main Street. It's a true ski-in/ski-out property, and the views are excellent.
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Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside
This 121-room hotel has a premier location in the heart of Whistler Village, right next to the ski lifts. Rooms are homey and functional, if not luxurious, with light wood accents, space-saving Murphy beds, kitchenettes and fireplaces. After a day out in the cold, the outdoor Jacuzzi is a wonderful treat.
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The Peery Hotel
The main draw of this quaint, historic hotel is its downtown Salt Lake City location, within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and tourist attractions. The rooms have Tempur-Pedic beds with quality linens and romantic white canopies, iPod docks and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.
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The Sassy Moose Inn
This homey inn with quaint on-site spa and log cabin decor will help you feel like you’re in your own living room. Its proximity to Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort make it a great, casual destination.
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The St. Regis Deer Valley
The St. Regis offers a true 5-star experience. Skiiers will love its location in Park City, UT: its is directly on the famous ski resort of the same name, offering excellent ski-in/ski-out access for guests.
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Stein Eriksen Lodge
This luxurious 170-room Park City lodge offers ski-in, ski-out access to Deer Valley Resort, and has a design style that could be described as "wilderness chic." Perks such as free ski valets and free shuttles to the slopes from the parking lots are season-long luxuries.
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Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa
In keeping with its name, hideaway has a distinct mountain-lodge vibe. This cozy hotel is just steps from the base of Jackson Hole Mountain resort, and only a mile from the entrace to Grand Teton National Park.
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Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa
This value-for-money hotel is located in a serene, creek-side spot in Vail Village, close to the Bahn ski lift. Among its many other amenities, the excellent, organic Terra Bistro is a favorite with locals as well as guests, and provides free hot breakfasts.
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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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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

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

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

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

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

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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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

Hotel del Coronado  

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

Beverly Hills Hotel  

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

Grand Hotel  

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

Biltmore Hotel  

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

Heathman Hotel  

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