5 Of The Best Themed Luxury Hotels

If you travel a lot, sometimes you just want to stay somewhere a bit different. Here are my best-themed luxury hotels for that unique stay.

The Malmaison Hotel, Oxford, UK

If you want to find out what life is like in a prison but you don't want to do the time, try the Malmaison Oxford. This converted prison is great for a unique stay.  

Rooms are far more spacious than your standard prison cell, as when they converted the prison they combined cells for the rooms. You can stay in a standard room or a cell room, with a heavy door, and cell window, but don't worry, every room has wi-fi, luxurious beds and power showers. You certainly won't be slopping out here! 

Recommended due to the uniqueness of the building. 

The Peabody Hotel, Memphis, USA

If you are staying in the American 'deep south' on a music tour, consider The Peabody Hotel Memphis.  This luxury hotel in downtown Memphis is literally around the corner from Beal Street with the shops, bars and people watching. 

With rooms in muted shades of lilac, cream and beige, impeccable service and staff that have southern charm, this historic hotel is elegant, comfortable and luxurious. It also had some well-known residents - the Peabody ducks! These ducks live on the roof and every day the 'duckmaster' guides them down in the lift and into the foyer so they can have a paddle in the fountain. Yes, you heard me right. It's such a spectacle that people come from miles around just to see them! It also has a branch of Lansky Bros, the store where Elvis used to buy his famous shirts and jackets for the stage.

Recommended for the ducks of course!

The Venetian, Las Vegas, USA

The Venetian Hotel Las Vegas is a five-diamond luxury hotel and casino on the Las Vegas strip. The Venetian is not just a hotel though, oh no, it's a resort complex, together with The Palazzo Hotel and the Sands Conference Centre that makes it the second largest hotel in the world with over 4000 rooms.

The Venetian hotel is jaw-dropping in its attention to detail.  The hotel is themed around Venice. You can even visit a copy of St Marks Square in Venice, complete with shops, restaurants and performance artists, under a fake twilight sky.  See the Bridge of Sighs, the Campanile Tower, the Rialto Bridge, and the Doge’s Palace. Service was impeccable, with cases arriving at our rooms in little over ten minutes. For affordable prices, stay in the week, and avoid when there are big events on.

Recommended for the experience, you will never see anything like it.

The Corinthia Hotel, Budapest, Hungary 

The Corinthia Hotel Budapest is a historic luxury hotel opened in 1896 as the Grand Hotel Royal in Budapest, Hungary. It was (and still is) the place to go for movie stars and dignitaries in Budapest, and used to have a large cinema that accommodated over 1000 moviegoers in its time.  

Taken over by the Corinthia hotel group in 2002, it is thought to be the inspiration for the Wes Anderson film The Grand Budapest Hotel, as he had a private tour of the hotel previous to the film being released. It's also a bargain price for a 5-star hotel. If you want to find out more information read my review of the Corinthia Hotel Budapest.  

Recommended for the beautiful building and the movie connection. 

The Hard Rock Hotel, Orlando, Florida

The Hard Rock Hotel Orlando is part of one of our favourite hotel chains - the Lowes Hotels. The Hard Rock Hotel is a family-friendly, music-themed hotel, a five-minute walk to Universal Studios Orlando and the City Walk restaurant, shop and bar complex. We especially loved the pool area complete with sandy beach, slide and underwater music, as well as the super cool Velvet bar and live music offerings on a weekly basis. 

As a partner hotel to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks, if you stay here, you also get special privileges with your admission ticket to the parks.  This includes early entry, 'Ultimate Express' unlimited ride access, fast passing queues, priority seating to restaurants at both theme parks and Universal City Walk and lots more. 

Recommended for music fans everywhere and it's theme park privileges.  

So this is 5 of the best-themed luxury hotels I have experienced. 

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What do you think of these hotels? Have you ever stayed in a unique hotel? 

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  1. Loving the photos of all the 5 hotels which you have shared, but I must say that The Venetian in Las Vegas is my favourite of the five.

  2. really like this post! I don't think you can go too far wrong with Vegas when it comes to themed hotels. I love the Venetian, and think Circus Circus is a pretty good one too

  3. Talk about cool places to stay at for a fun vacation altogether. I think these hotels are pretty awesome and it just makes the whole vacation even more exciting when you stay in a themed hotel.

  4. All of these hotels are absolutely gorgeous - I especially love the hard rock cafe!

  5. I've been to the Malmaison in Belfast but the Oxford one looks so nice, I might have to try and make a stay there x

  6. I do love a good hotel I have been to the Malmaison in London and Manchester, but not the one in Oxford - looks fab x

  7. Oh I LOVE a themed hotel! I like our hotels to have the wow factor, and these all certainly have that!

  8. The most glamorous hotel I ever stayed at was the Rio in Las Vegas but that was 20 years ago,I do think the Malmaison looks the most interesting

  9. The exterior of the first hotel is everything and so different from the interior. I have been in the Venetian and it is absolutely beautiful. Wish you showed pics of the interior, the ceiling and water fountain. It is absolutely divine! Great post

    1. Maybe I need to write a post just on the Venetian!

  10. Wow, what a collection of amazing places to stay! That converted prison looks well cool. What an interesting experience to have!

  11. What a great range of hotels! We’re in love with the Malmaison in Belfast so must try the Oxford one x

    1. The Malmaison was super cool as it was a prison.

  12. These are fab hotels. I personally want to visit The Venetian.