Themed Hotel Rooms: Gearing Up for the Envy Suite

What’s up with themed hotel rooms?

My family is off to Finland tomorrow to visit some friends in Helsinki. We’ll be staying at a hotel where all the rooms are categorized around four themes: mystical, passion, desire, and envy. Apparently, these refer to the emotions depicted in Finnish mythical literature (Who knew?). We’re in the Envy Suite. My mother will be down the hall in the “Passion King.”  Say no more…

Last year, we spent a week in a hotel on an island off of Croatia where all the rooms were decorated with colors inspired by the island’s local flora:  grape, fig, agave, etc. We stayed in a bright red pomegranate suite.

I must confess that I’m a big fan of the themed hotel room. I remember a point in my life about ten years ago when I traveled a bit for work and felt like I was just shuffling from one Embassy Suites to the next. Not that there’s anything wrong with Embassy Suites, mind you. But it’s just so much more exciting to go to a hotel when there’s some sort of Karma associated with your room. It re-introduces some of the mystique surrounding hotels that you lose once you leave childhood.

(BTW: Worst themed hotel experience ever?  Breaking up with someone in the “honeymoon” suite at a bed and breakfast in Mendocino, California, replete with zebra-skinned bedspread and ceiling mirrors. Yes, it was that bad. And then we decided to take the “scenic route” home along the coast. Took like six l-o-n-g hours to get back to Palo Alto. Total Nightmare.)

But I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s trip. I can’t wait to see what “envy” looks like when you translate it into desks and bedspreads and lighting fixtures. If nothing else, it should serve to distract me from Finnish food. Reindeer carpaccio, anyone?

Image: Hotel Room 27 by diebmx via Flickr under a Creative Commons License.

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