Coolest Hotel Experiences Inspired by Pop Culture
Who wouldn’t want to live out their favorite television show or movie in real life? While you may not have received that acceptance letter from Hogwarts or grown-up living in a life-sized Barbie Dreamhouse, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to experience your favorite pop culture indulgences in person.
In fact, many hotels and resorts have taken it upon themselves to add a dose of pop culture to their interior decor theme, dining menus and even their amenity packages — all of which are designed to allow you to live out your wildest pop culture–fueled dreams.
Here are some of the coolest hotels and suites inspired by moments in pop culture. Whether you’re a huge Harry Potter fan, you’ve rewatched “The Queen’s Gambit” five times already or you want to explore your “Give Peace a Chance” roots, these hotel experiences cater to all types of pop culture enthusiasts around the globe.
The Harmon Room at the 21c Museum Hotel Lexington
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Inspired by: “The Queen’s Gambit”
The success of the Netflix adaptation of Walter Tevis’ 1983 novel, “The Queen’s Gambit,” took the world by storm — and chess fans can now take advantage of that 1960s nostalgia at the 21c Museum Hotel Lexington’s latest suite: The Harmon Room.
Inspired by the show’s top-notch design, The Harmon Room is furnished with authentic 1960s pieces and includes subtle nods to the smash show.
That includes the iconic upside-down chess pieces on the ceiling, a full-service bar and an actual chess set that guests are invited to use at their leisure (that’s, of course, if you know how to play).
John Lennon and Yoko Ono Suite at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Inspired by: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famous ‘bed-in’
While this iconic Montreal hotel may have been fully renovated in 2017, the famous John Lennon and Yoko Ono suite remains untouched. The room is best known as the site of the 1969 "bed-in for peace," where the song "Give Peace a Chance" was composed and recorded by the famous duo.
The living room area recreates the famous bed-in as it was in the 1960s, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay in bed all day.
A separate bedroom, dining room area and two oversized bathrooms complete the suite — which can accommodate up to four people at once.
Princess Diana Suite at The Drake Hotel
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Inspired by: Princess Diana
Princess Diana stayed at The Drake for three days during a June 1996 visit to raise money for cancer research at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. During her stay, her suite (which was at the time known simply as the Presidential Suite) was customized and equipped, at her request, with a Lifecycle exercise bike and plenty of mineral water.
The suite was originally designed with crystal chandeliers, large mirrors and a separate dining room with a view of Lake Michigan.
It’s been left exactly as it was designed and decorated since Princess Diana’s visit with just minor renovations throughout to maintain the integrity of the design — as well as large framed photos from the princess’ stay in Chicago.
The Eloise Suite at The Plaza Hotel
Location: New York
Inspired by: “Eloise”
Designed by famed American fashion designer Betsey Johnson, the Eloise Suite at The Plaza Hotel features pink-and-white striped walls, neon light fixtures and zebra-print carpet to help bring the zest of the Eloise children’s book character to life — even her clothes, books, toys and dolls are on display throughout the suite.
While The Plaza Hotel’s most famous resident may have lived on her own, there is an option of an attached one-bedroom Nanny Suite available for parents or guardians who want to let their little ones experience life as Eloise — with a little more supervision.
When you book this suite, you’ll get an Eloise tea for two at the hotel’s Palm Court as well as other fun Eloise-themed gifts.
The Fitzgerald Suite King at The Plaza Hotel
Location: New York
Inspired by: “The Great Gatsby”
Also located at The Plaza Hotel in New York, you’ll find the Fitzgerald Suite King — inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s timeless novel, “The Great Gatsby.” The elegant suite was made for literature lovers and anyone who has a real appreciation for Jay Gatsby-level opulence.
What does that include, you ask? The lavish suite includes a curated library, various works of art and even white glove butler service all of which will instantly transport you to the elegance of the Jazz Age.
Equally comfortable and posh, the monochromatic 700-square-foot space was made for kicking back with a cocktail in hand.
The Grand Deluxe Lagoon Suite at the Hotel Eclat Beijing
Location: Beijing, China
Inspired by: Star Wars
The Hotel Eclat Beijing is packed with subtle nods to pop culture, including works by Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and a number of Chinese artists. But what really sets the property apart is its tasteful signature suites — all of which are differently themed to evoke a certain mood — from Notting Hill to Miami.
The Grand Deluxe Lagoon Suite was conceptualized and designed with none other than Darth Vader in mind.
Thanks to the opulent furniture and dark finishings, this tastefully designed suite is sure to make travelers consider converting to the dark side. And, yes, it includes a lagoon for swimming.
The Wizard’s Chambers at the Georgian House Hotel
Location: London, England
Inspired by: Harry Potter
Sure, you may not have received that acceptance letter to Hogwarts, but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo the wizarding world entirely! The Georgian House Hotel in London has a suite made with magic-minded muggles at the forefront — and it’s about as close to Hogwarts as nonmagic folk can get.
This special experience features a portrait-lined hallway that evokes the feeling of walking through Hogwarts, with gothic and mysterious “chambers” that look straight out of the Gryffindor common room.
Complete with wood-burning stoves, caldrons and tapestries to complete the look, this enchanting experience is a must-see for design lovers and Harry Potter fans alike.
The Secret Agent Suite at Seven Hotel Paris
Location: Paris, France
Inspired by: James Bond
Tucked into the Latin Quarter in Paris, this boutique hotel was made for travelers who value cheeky design and a bit of fun. While each room and suite in the hotel is totally unique and eye-catching in its own right, The Secret Agent Suite is particularly noteworthy.
Inspired by everyone’s favorite British spy, The Secret Agent Suite is packed with subtle (and not so subtle) nods to the James Bond franchise, including a blend of vintage and futuristic designs achieved by the Agence Bastie firm in Paris.
All that’s left for you to do is to kick back and tuck into that well-deserved shaken martini.
The Oscar Wilde Suite at L’Hotel Paris
Location: Paris, France
Inspired by: Oscar Wilde
If there’s anyone in history who knows a good hotel room when they see one, it’s the irreplaceable Oscar Wilde. The Irish poet and playwright spent a large majority of his life writing from and living in hotel rooms across Europe and passed away at L’Hotel Paris in the French capital.
While it could seem macabre at first glance, L’Hotel Paris actually pays a beautiful homage to Wilde through its Oscar Wilde Suite. While Wilde himself never actually stayed in this exact room, designer Jacques Garcia managed to recreate what Wilde's living room at his home in London may have looked like.
The suite also includes subtle nods to his time at the hotel — including the original headboard the poet had in his room upon his death. Cool or creepy? We'll let you decide.
The Star Trek Suite at The Curtis Hotel
Location: Denver, Colorado
Inspired by: Star Trek
The Curtis Hotel in Denver, Colorado, reigns supreme when it comes to pop culture–inspired hotel rooms. In fact, the Doubletree by Hilton property has quite an extensive list of rooms and suites to choose from that offer subtle nods to your favorite films and TV personalities — and that includes Star Trek.
The Star Trek Suite is packed with out-of-this-world wall hangings, futuristic furniture and even life-size cutouts of your favorite Star Trek characters.
That means it’s perfect for nerding out and snapping endless Instagram pictures.
The Ghostbusters Suite at The Curtis Hotel
Location: Denver, Colorado
Inspired by: “Ghostbusters”
The Curtis is known as Denver’s “happy” hotel, and it truly does live up to its name. Aside from the Star Trek–themed suite, there’s the Ghostbusters Suite: the perfect place to lay your head while getting a fun dose of spooky.
The room’s subtle white walls contrast perfectly with the “Slimer Green” flooring as it moves under your feet, red-and-white curtains and even eerie slime-inspired bedding that is definitely cozier than it looks.
And make sure to look out for Vigo the Carpathian while letting the “Ghostbusters” theme song play out in your head.
The Talladega Nights Suite at The Curtis Hotel
Location: Denver, Colorado
Inspired by: “Talladega Nights”
OK, we have one more from The Curtis, especially for those fans of actor Will Ferrell. Travelers can channel the sweet, 8-pound baby Jesus while relaxing in the “Talladega Nights” themed room.
Designed with red, white and blue colors and a healthy dose of NASCAR knick-knacks on the shelves, this room was made for true fans of Ricky Bobby.
It even has a one-of-a-kind original painting to commemorate all things Ricky Bobby — from cheese fountains to mountain lions.
The Queen of Hearts Room at the Wonderland House
Location: Brighton, England
Inspired by: “Alice in Wonderland”
While all six of the bedrooms and suites at the Wonderland House in Brighton, England, are inspired by the world of “Alice in Wonderland,” The Queen of Hearts Room is by far the most opulent and eye-catching.
Decked out in a bold black-and-red colorway, the room features subtle nods to the Queen of Hearts by way of its jeweled wallpaper, plush velvet fabric and bunk beds made from an oversized deck-of-cards motif.
Just don’t take a sip out of any tiny bottles.
The Specialty Suite at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel
Location: Beverly Hills, California
Inspired by: “Pretty Woman”
The 1990 film “Pretty Woman” is as well-loved and appreciated today as it was when released more than 25 years ago. Julia Roberts and Richard Gere may serve as on-screen eye candy, but one could argue that the stunning suite at the Beverly Wilshire is just as much a main character as the unlikely couple. As such, fans have been flocking to the iconic Beverly Hills hotel for more than two decades to live out their Pretty Woman fantasy in real life — and Beverly Wilshire delivers.
The “Pretty Woman for a Day” package begins as guests are whisked away in a luxury Mercedes sedan to the hotel, where, on arrival, fans will instantly recognize Beverly Wilshire’s famed façade. The package includes lunch for two, a VIP shopping experience on Rodeo Drive and an intimate in-room dining experience in a coveted Specialty Suite.
As the nostalgic day comes to a close, guests will be invited to soak in a bubble bath (while listening to Prince!) drawn by a personal Bath Butler to complete the picture-perfect experience.
Art Paradiso Hotel
Location: Incheon, South Korea
Inspired by: “The Birds”
Looking for a pop-culture indulgence that comes with a side of modern and contemporary art? The Art Paradiso Hotel in Incheon, South Korea, goes beyond theming one hotel room and has several artsy elements throughout.
The hotel is home to several incredible works of art from prominent contemporary artists. This includes a piece of art created by artist Paik Nam-June that was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film, “The Birds.”
The hotel also has a Harry Potter-inspired restaurant called Serase, which looks exactly like The Great Hall.
There’s also a Jeff Koons’ sculpture Gazing Ball (Farnese Hercules) and Damien Hirst’s Aurous Cyanide painting as well as the Great Gigantic Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama, Alessandro Mendini’s Paradise Proust and lots more.