New Hampshire Hot Spot Named One of The Kitchiest Hotels in America
Hotel Kitsch in New Hampshire is alive and well and featured in a new book. But before we get to that, let’s all agree: there’s nothing cooler – and by cooler, I mean kitschier – than a retro hotel. My parents went to the Poconos on their honeymoon, and when I caught wind of those heart-shaped hot tubs, I was OBSESSED.
But I never visited, because I wasn’t sure if the kitsch factor would translate into an ewwww factor faster than you can say “Can you send housekeeping, ASAP?” Thankfully, a traveling couple has done the nitty gritty and brought us a travel guide for people searching for one-of-a-kind experience.
Meet Margaret and Corey Bienert, the dynamic duo behind the vibrant and nostalgic book, Hotel Kitsch.
OMG. I love LOVE this book.
This isn’t just a book; it’s a ticket to a world of whimsical and enchanting themed hotels across the globe.
What does Hotel Kitsch mean?
HOTEL KITSCH features dozens of one-of-a-kind hotels, all still open for business.
Armchair travelers can marvel at these unique spaces or embark on a quest to experience them firsthand. Margaret and Corey breathe new life into often remote and overlooked businesses, sparking a revival of interest in the magic of themed getaways.
Check out the champagne hot tub at the Cove in the Poconos:
Ever wondered what makes a themed hotel truly extraordinary? Margaret and Corey break it down for you in Hotel Kitsch. From unconventional beds and mirrors on mirrors on mirrors to in-room swimming pools, full suits of armor, and fiber-optic star ceilings – these are the elements that transform a stay into a memorable experience.
Photographic Journeys: A Glimpse Inside
The book treats readers to stunning photographs of some of the most special stays around the world:
In the heart of Iowa, discover a jungle room with fake trees and foliage surrounding the bed, reminiscent of Where the Wild Things Are.
Dive into the depths at Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, where rooms are reached by scuba diving:
Unearth the Arctic Cave room in a Kentucky hotel, with its carved blue walls and an absence of windows.
Splurge at the iconic Madonna Inn on the California coast, boasting 110 uniquely themed rooms.
Hotel Kitsch is a vibrant guide that spans the United States from coast to coast and ventures abroad, showcasing the creative and nostalgic hotels that dot the map.
It doesn’t just celebrate hotels; it also profiles design legends who have shaped the industry:
- Morris Wilkins, the inventor of the heart-shaped tub and champagne whirlpool.
- Carleton Varney, from the legendary design firm Dorothy Draper & Company, and the mind behind the new Grand Hotel.
- Gary Strobusch, the industry’s best-kept secret, and his manufacturing company Rainbow Nights Inc.
So what hotel in New Hampshire made the list?
Welcome to Adventure Suites in North Conway, NH!
According to Hotel Kitsch, the hotel is disguised as an Old West Town and is “uniquely welcoming to not only couples, but also families and includes rooms geared toward young children, such as the Treehouse in the Cave. On the flipside, the suite built for adults are some of the most elaborate and interactive we’ve found: Highlights include a floating bed suspended from the ceiling in The Dragon’s Lair and the stage lighting disco ball, black light murals, killer sound system and light up dance floor in the club room.”