7 Eye-Popping, Kid-Themed Hotel Rooms
On many a theme park vacation, kids fall asleep with visions of Mickey or minions dancing in their heads. And sometimes if you book the right hotel room, they can wake up to those same characters dancing on the walls. Plenty of hotels—especially those at theme parks—recognize the wow factor that comes from immersing guests in a fantasy realm.
Granted, some of the most over-the-top and seemingly childish hotel suites in the world—such as the Hello Kitty rooms in Taiwan’s Hi-Lai Plaza Hotel—aren’t just for kids. But many American hotels have families in mind, offering extra special suites that balance eye-popping color and theming with a more subdued zone for the grownups. Here are seven delightfully vivid digs for the kids:
Barbie Suite: The Palms Casino Resort
Where else but Vegas could you expect to sleep inside Barbie's Dream House? This blinged-out, 2,300-square-foot suite at The Palms features Barbie art, giant pink poodles flanking the two-way fireplace and a sunburst mirror made from 65 dolls. With one king and two queen beds, the suite easily sleeps six. As an acknowledgement that the some guests’ doll-playing days are behind them, however, the suite carries a steep price tag—as well as VIP status, if you need it, at a nightclub downstairs. Starts at: $3,000 on weeknights, $4,000 on weekends.
Minion Suites: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Inside the Minion Suites at this Universal Orlando Resort hotel, the little yellow guys from the “ Despicable Me” movies are emblazoned all over the walls in the kids’ room. The suites have a standard king room for the parents, connected by an interior “vault” door to the kids room. The kids get missile-shaped beds—similar to the ones that the movies’ plucky orphans sleep in—but unlike Margo, Edith and Agnes, your kids will also get their own TV. Starts at: $575 a night.
Mickey Mouse Penthouse: Disneyland Hotel
This Anaheim classic sets the bar high with its themed Signature Suites, and the most jaw-dropping of all is the penthouse, which offers the beloved mouse on the walls, bedding, and pretty much everywhere else. Both the master bedroom and the second bedroom have the luxurious, stylized feel you’d expect in a penthouse.