We’ve all stayed in your typical run-of-the-mill hotel room. From beds to showers, to linens and room service, we pretty much know what to expect when checking in at most hotels. That is, until you’ve stumbled in the doors of these Southern California hotels that offer bizarre and unusual accommodations.
La Casa del Camino
1289 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Whether or not you actually surf the ocean’s waves or just harbor a love for the sport, La Casa del Camino is the SoCal hotel for surf lovers. “The House on the Road” offers surf suites designed with the cooperation of 10 major surfing companies; from the warm hues of the Quicksilver suite to Etnies to Roxy to the Billabong Women’s Suite that reflects the brand’s playful personality, you can really wrap yourself up in your favorite surfing brand.
939 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Built in 1925 as a YMCA, the Fig has capitalized on its rustic charm. Although located across the street from Staples Center and LA Live, this LA hotel boasts the charms of Morocco and North Africa. Ambient lighting, Persian rugs, ornate woodworking, and plenty of fluffy pillows add charm to the Moroccan suites, which feature splurge-worthy amenities. Lounge outdoors near the pool or in one of the restaurants or bars; the laid back vibe oozes from every corner of this posh hotel.
Kate’s Lazy Desert
58380 Botkin Rd.
Landers, CA 92285
If you’ve ever dreamt of sleeping in a themed airstream trailer in the middle of the desert (because, really, who hasn’t?), then Kate’s Lazy Desert is the place for you! Six uniquely themed vintage trailers serve as your desert home-away-from-home with bright pops of color, bold palates, and whimsical themes.
2728 W. Foothill Blvd.
San Bernardino, CA 92410
The Cozy Cone Motel in Disney Pixar’s Cars was based partly on San Bernardino’s Wigwam Motel, built in 1949, one of only three wigwam motels left in the US. Here you can stay in a Route 66 nostalgic 30-foot-tall tepee made from wood framing, concrete, and stucco, equipped with a grassy area, BBQ grill, and even an onsite swimming pool.
Castle Wood Cottages
547 Main Street
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Touted as a place for couples only at Big Bear’s Romantic Getaway, Castle Wood Cottages features uniquely decorated theme cabins perfect for every type of couple or fantasy. Cabin themes vary from Antony & Cleopatra to Gone with the Wind to a Crystal Cave, Indian Forest, and Woodland Tree House; there are 12 unique cottages in all, each with their own Jacuzzi tub and romantic package options available.
Dockside Boat and Bed
Dock #5, Rainbow Harbor
Long Beach, CA 90802
If you’ve ever wanted to taste what it would be like to live in your own yacht, Dockside Boat and Bed is the place for you. These real working vessels stay docked in the harbor during your overnight adventure, but the gentle sounds of the bay and the smells of the ocean remain the same. Bonus — breakfast is delivered to your boat each morning.
America’s Best Value Inn: Oasis of Eden
29 Palms Highway
Yucca Valley, CA 92284
The rooms at America’s Best Value Inn in Yucca Valley can transport you basically anywhere in the world. From the 50’s Suite, where you can literally sleep in a Pink Cadillac, to the Bermuda Triangle, to New York City, to Greece, the options are nearly unlimited. Although certainly kitschy, the rooms at the Oasis of Eden have recently received modern renovations. The close proximity to Joshua Tree National Park make the theme rooms an added bonus.
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