More Than Just a Place to Sleep

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The Godzilla Room at the Hotel Gracery Shinjuku. (Photo credit: TM & (C)TOHO CO., LTD)
The Godzilla Room at the Hotel Gracery Shinjuku. (Photo credit: TM & (C)TOHO CO., LTD)

Hotels are becoming more than just a place to sleep. Many are now offering unique experiences and decor—with a twist. If you have clients looking for something more in line with their likes, hobbies, or desires, we’ve rounded up three properties that give guests a little more than just a place to call home while on vacation.

In Tokyo, the Hotel Gracery Shinjuku, a property of Fujita Kanko Inc., opened in late April featuring Godzilla-themed guestrooms.

“Our Godzilla Room and Godzilla View Rooms are ideal for not only die-hard fans of Godzilla or Japanese pop culture, but also for travelers who are looking for a fun and one-of-a-kind hospitality experience. In fact, international travelers who seek cultural experiences in Japan will love these Godzilla-themed rooms. They certainly represent modern Japanese culture. The Godzilla View Rooms are very reasonably priced so budget travelers can also enjoy them,” says Yasumichi Watanabe, general manager of Hotel Gracery Shinjuku.

This 970-room property offers two types of Godzilla-themed guestrooms—The Godzilla Room and the Godzilla View Rooms. The Godzilla Room is located on the top floor and features a Godzilla-themed interior with wall panels and a “trick wall” with special effects, a life-size replica of Godzilla’s claw over the beds, and a Godzilla figure standing in the room. Also offered are six Godzilla View Rooms where guests can see a life-size replica of Godzilla’s head, located on the hotel’s eighth floor terrace, from their guestroom window; the rooms’ interiors are the same as the other guestrooms on the property with a neutral color palette and accents of green. The property also features two dining facilities—Bonsalute Kabuki and Cafe Terrace Bonjour—as well as WiFi. The Godzilla Room starts at $334.77, and the Godzilla View Rooms start at $126.17. For more information, visit shinjuku.gracery.com.

The Hilton Anatole showcases an extensive collection of art pieces throughout the property.
The Hilton Anatole showcases an extensive collection of art pieces throughout the property.

For the art aficionados, The Hilton Anatole in Dallas is equal parts hotel and museum, as it houses an extensive collection of art and antiques. “We’re honored to house one of the largest collections of art of any U.S. hotel, which is thoughtfully displayed through our relationship with the Crow Collection of Asian Art throughout our public spaces, guestrooms and Sculpture Park to be enjoyed by art enthusiasts and casual observers alike,” says Kavin Schieferdecker, director of sales and marketing. The collection includes pieces that have been in the palaces of kings, emperors, and czars. Guests can log in to antoleart.com on their cell phones or tablets to get a walking tour of the hotel’s 100 most iconic pieces; take a 1 Mile Art Walk; go on an Art Scavenger Hunt, which is also a great option for those traveling with kids; or experience The Antole Art Dine-Around, which pairs 15 of the most iconic art pieces on the property with savory food and beverage items from their country of origin.

Kicking off Memorial Day Weekend, the property will offer its Summer at the Anatole offerings, which is a full schedule of family-fun activities such as lawn games in the hotel’s 7-acre park, dive-in poolside movies, stay fit classes and more; cook-outs will also be offered at an additional cost. This package can be combined with the Stay & See Dallas package, which includes daily breakfast for four, in-room movies with popcorn and candy, and complimentary in-room WiFi. Room rates start at $159 per night, and the Stay & See Dallas package starts at $144 per night, offering guests approximately $100 daily savings with included amenities. For more information, call (214) 748-1200 or visit hiltonanatolehotel.com.

Passion is displayed throughout this guestroom at Vive Versa Hotel Paris.
Passion is displayed throughout this guestroom at Vive Versa Hotel Paris.

In Paris, it’s all about indulging in one of the Seven Deadly Sins at Vive Versa Hotel Paris. As guests enter the hotel, they are welcomed into a heaven-themed lobby with a white living room with comfortable chairs. The 37-room property is spread over six floors, each featuring a cardinal sin with the theme showcased from floor to ceiling. For example, greed is demonstrated with bank notes on the walls and ceiling; anger is illustrated with the colors red and black and guns etched on the carpet; pride is showcased with gold, statues and marble floors; and envy is showcased through Parisian fashion and accessories. The Classic guestroom option offers a bathroom with an Italian shower, complimentary WiFi, and flat-screen TV. The Deluxe rooms offer a bathroom with a bathtub placed between two sinks, WiFi, flat-screen TV, and more. Rates start at $184 per night for a romantic package, which includes breakfast and a “love box,” which is a sensuous box for couples to enjoy with sensual accessories, organic cosmetics made in Paris, and a game. The property is located near the Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles. For more information, visit viceversahotel.com.