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It’s official. You’re one of the cool kids. It happened when you checked into the Delano, a beachfront classic, in the heart of Miami’s Art Deco District.

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Ride your bike along the Rhone River, perhaps on your way to Lake Geneva or the Voltaire Museum or the Parc La Grange.

With Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment in the The Hunger Games trilogy coming out this month in theatres, Hunger Games tourism is … well, catching fire again.  From tree hotels to bubble dome rooms, Booking.com shared with us the most Hunger Games-inspired hotels around the world. Whether you are a super fan or just have a taste for truly one-of-a-kind places to stay, you won’t believe these 5 spectacular hotels.

May the odds (of getting a room in these super hot hotels) be ever in your favor!

Treehotel

Treehotel – Harads, Sweden
While you might not need to hide from your fellow Hunger Games rivals, an escape to Treehotel, the world’s largest treehouse hotel, still will be a welcome reprieve.  Spending a night perched in the trees in Sweden’s Harads forest, you’ll feel on top of the world.  The tree rooms are all uniquely designed and suspended 13 to 19 feet above ground. We bet you’ll sleep better in the trees here than Katniss Everdeen ever did. After all, there are no distractions like flying arrows and tracker jackers impeding quality shut-eye.

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Photography by Gstaad Palace Hotel

You won’t need a crown to feel like a princess at Gstaad Palace, the go-to getaway for royals and celebrities in the Swiss Alp.

Photography by Banyan Tree Samui

Set in the side of a hill on a private cove, the resort is composed of Thai-style villas and sports stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand. More »

Photography by Ulagalla Resort

Sri Lanka’s Ulagalla Resort is home to 20 glass-walled, eco-friendly chalets with private plunge pools, and it’s all built around a 150-year-old mansion that was once home to the local nobility. More »

Photography by Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Just 45 minutes from the party scene of Cancun, the Zen-like Banyan Tree Mayakoba makes travelers feel like they’ve stepped into another world. More »

Photography by Argos in Cappadocia

Located on the site of an ancient monastery, Argos in Cappadocia is a restored collection of historic dwellings. More »

Photography by Tiara Yaktsa Cannes

Overlooking the resplendent Cote d’Azur, a trip here would be worth the view alone. More »

 

The Standard New York

The Standard, New York in our Extreme Bathrooms slideshow.

Last week, Slate reported on a hotel trend I’ve experienced first hand: “The Fall of the Bathroom Wall.” Opting for open-plan bedroom/bathroom suites, luxury hotels like NYC’s Standard hotels and Paris’ Hotel Particulier Montmartre are knocking down bathroom walls and replacing them with glass, modesty shades -– or sometimes nothing at all.

What these rooms lack in privacy they more then make up for in natural light, space and certainly, sex appeal. But as Slate points out, they also bring “logistical awkwardness when sharing a room with people who were never meant to see you naked.”

I found this out for myself while on a girls’ spa weekend in Florida. Our suite at The W was upgraded thanks to my best friend’s enviable Starwood preferred guest status. However, when we realized the better view and bigger floor plan also came with an all-glass “peek-a-boo” shower, we politely asked to move back to a standard double. We knew we’d be seeing a lot of each other that weekend -– but not that much.

While glass showers and exposed soaking tubs may come as a sexy surprise on a couple’s weekend, they aren’t for every guest. Tell us in the comments: Do you think open-plan hotel bathrooms are a fad or here to stay?

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