LOVE SHACKS

8 Over-the-top, Sexy Hotels

  1. Built in 1898 and overlooking Red Square, the neoclassical Hotel Baltschug Kempinski can help you and your sweetheart pretend that the Cold War's espionage and romance are still in full swing. (Courtesy Moscow Kempinski)
  2. The Baltshug's central location near Red Square and the Kremlin mean that spying (or at least a tour) is easy to arrange. (Courtesy Moscow Kempinski)
  3. Castillo de Monda, near the Spanish coast and in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada range, is now a bed-and-breakfast, but as a castle its roots go back to the days of the Phoenicians and the Romans. (Courtesy Castillo de Monda)
  4. The altitude's the thing at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai, which is a building that towers over its neighbors. (Courtesy Global Hyatt Corporation)
  5. The Hyatt's location makes for amazing views, and that goes for some of the rooms' tubs, too. (Courtesy Global Hyatt Corporation)
  6. The site of one of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Bed-Ins, the Hilton Amsterdam remains a touchstone of hippie culture. Outside the window are gorgeous canals—and just a stroll away are Rembrandts, van Goghs, and other delights. (Courtesy Hilton Amsterdam)
  7. It was in room 702 that the Ono-Lennons remained "talking in [their] beds for a week," as the "Ballad of John and Yoko" puts it. Reporters at the publicity stunt expected sexy results, but the earnest activists let them down. (Courtesy Hilton Amsterdam)
  8. The Korakia Pensione, in Palm Springs, lets you feel like a rebellious expat without even having to leave the country. The faux-Moroccan villa is shaded by date palms and olive trees, making it easy to pretend you're actually in Tangiers. (Courtesy Korakia Pensione)
  9. Converted from a former nuclear bunker, the accurately named Null Stern (Zero Star) Hotel lacks views, as well as many other things. To make up for its underground location, live footage from outside can be projected on a wall. (Courtesy Atelier für Sonderaufgaben)
  10. Styled within an inch of their life, the Pavilion Hotel's suites include the Honky Tonk Afro, an exuberant, garish homage to the '70s. (Courtesy Pavilion Hotel)
  11. The Pavilion Hotel's White Days Souls Nights Room is relatively restrained. (Courtesy Pavilion Hotel)

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