THE VIDEO MAPPING HOTEL
We've always dug the hip theWit Hotel in Chicago because it has a killer rooftop (called ROOF) but now we heart them a little bit more since they installed a permanent 20' x 12' 3D mapping installation called "theWall" which creates all kinds of crazysexycool video experiences and optical illusions. Here are the tech specs: The installation is powered by a state of the custom projection, using the Panasonic PT-DZ21K, a 20,000 lumen 3-chip DLP projector that gives a 1920x1200 WUXGA picture against a permanent 3D surface of cubes and screens. The lamp cycle is 2,000 hours which should be plenty of time to last through those long hot summer nights in Chi-town.
THE GEEK-IN-TRAINING HOTEL
Legoland Hotel California: This hotel is perfect for the Beta Geek in your house. Guests can choose from three different Lego themes--Castle, Pirate or Adventure. Each room comes with eight different works of Lego art. Downstairs there's giant Lego pit to jump around in, a pirate ship to play on and one the most family-friendly restaurants we've ever seen. There's even a buffet counter that's kid-height. Luckily, there's a bar downstairs so parents can escape all the Lego-ness for a while. Another geeky perk? Booking a hotel room here gives you access to the park for one hour before it opens to the rest of the public. Rates this summer are inching up to $300 a night. Oh and don't worry, there's no age limit. All ages accepted!
THE BITCOIN HOTEL
If John McAfee, the notorious maker of the McAfee antivirus software, ever returns to Belize, he may want to consider this spot for their low-key transaction method. The Pedros Hotel in Belize has begun accepting the peer-to-peer digital currency that is Bitcoin. You can use Bitcoin to pay for your hotel room and any drinks and food in the hotel bar and pizzeria. The price of a deluxe room is merely 1 Bitcoin. For food and drinks, you need to pre-purchase a bar credit at the front desk. Want to pay in real money? That will be about $55 a night in low season, $65 in peak season.
THE ASTRONOMIST'S HOTEL
As you can guess, Nicolaus Copernicus stayed as a guest at this hotel in Krakow, Poland over five hundred years ago when it was a residence of cathedral canons (but we're sure it had a different name then.) And not much as changed within the building itself. The hotel has 29 guest rooms set within original 17th century brick walls and accented with medieval stone crosses, original fresco paintings, wooden beams and centuries-old inscriptions. But the place doesn't entirely harken back to Copernicus' time. The guestrooms all have a modern amenities such as "well-stocked" mini bars, satellite TVs, and high-speed Internet access. Rates start around $255 a night.
THE MIX TAPE HOTEL
THE ULTIMATE TREKKIE HOTEL [Photos: Cynthia Drescher for HotelChatter; Pedros Hotel, theWIT; The Copernicus Hotel; HotelChatter; VegasChatter>]
Obsessed with theme rooms, particularly the 1970s vision of outer space? Are you also looking for a good hotel that has a cassette tape player in the rooms? Look no further than the Miami Princes Hotel near the airport which has several theme rooms to choose from such as Cave, Disco (perfect for Tony Montana fans), Jungle and Egyptian. Even better all themes rooms come with a jacuzzi, a "big screen TV", radio,
While we anxiously wait for the Star Trek theme resort to open, we'll have to go where many other Star Trek fans have gone before--The Rio Las Vegas which hosts the annual Star Trek convention every August. This year is the 12th year for the Trekkie show, which takes place in the Rio Suites Convention Cente and aside from panels discussing the newest Star Trek: Into the Darkness movie and meet and greets with various Star Trek actors, the convention will also host Star Trek Karaoke nights, a costume parade and the attempt to set the World Record of the most people in Star Trek costumes in one place. Rates start at around $69 during the festivities.
THE ULTIMATE TREKKIE HOTEL
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for HotelChatter; Pedros Hotel, theWIT; The Copernicus Hotel; HotelChatter; VegasChatter>]