If your fantasy involves cuddling up in a themed hotel room and making occasional forays into a giant mall for food and entertainment, the Fantasyland Hotel in Alberta, Canada is made for you.
About one-third of the rooms in the Fantasyland Hotel have a theme. Two floors are exclusively devoted to recreating a Polynesian ambiance. Other themes include Hollywood, Rome, Old West, and Sports. The rest of the rooms, which are contemporary, are designed for visiting business people in oil-rich Edmonton. (Although you could certainly play out a boss-and-secretary fantasy in those accommodations, should you desire.)
On the following pages you can view some of the themed rooms at the Fantasyland Hotel and attractions at the West Edmonton Mall, to which it directly connects.
Long Edmonton winters drive couples to the West Edmonton Mall and the Fantasyland Hotel attached to it.
Fantasyland Honeymoon Hotel
Old West Themed Floor
An entire floor of guest rooms at the Fantasyland Hotel features a Western theme.
Western Door at Fantasyland Hotel
It only looks like the entrance to a stable: Each guest room door on the Western-themed floor of the Fantasyland Hotel has a hand-painted horse on the front.
Each of the Old West-themed rooms at the Fantasyland Hotel features a queen-size bed inside a stagecoach frame.
Family Room at the Fantasyland Hotel
Designed for families with kids (or couples who like to bed-hop), Western-themed rooms feature bunk beds in a jailhouse setting next to the stagecoach bed.
Every themed room in the Fantasyland Hotel features a spa. The surround continues the theme of the room, as in this one painted to resemble an Old West town.
Similar to the Western-themed rooms at the Fantasyland Hotel, Victorian rooms also feature a stagecoach bed.
As soon as you step out of the elevator, you'll enter western Canada's trompe l'oeil version of a Polynesian paradise.
Polynesian rooms at the Fantasyland Hotel are so popular that two of the twelve floors are devoted to rooms with this theme. If you have the time and money, venture to the real Polynesia.
Polynesian-Themed Bed at the Fantasyland Hotel
Imagine your bed is on a catamaran afloat on warm turquoise seas...
Polynesian-Themed Spa Tub
Use your imagination to think of this in-room tub, with room for two, as carved out of a mini volcano.
Hollywood-Themed Floor at the Fantasyland Hotel
Edmonton's Fantasyland Hotel features multiple Hollywood-inspired rooms.
A queen-size bed, surrounded by reels of film, lies under the "Fantasyland Theatre" sign in this Hollywood-themed bedroom in Edmonton's Fantasyland Hotel.
Hollywood-Themed Spa Tub at the Fantasyland Hotel
The scene: Fantasyland Hotel. The characters: the two of you. The action: only limited by your imagination.
Ancient Rome Theme at Fantasyland Hotel
Turn back time, and revisit ancient Rome as your chariot leads you to the Fantasyland Hotel.
Roman Bust in the Fantasyland Hotel
One of the decorative elements in an Ancient Rome room at the Fantasyland Hotel.
Roman Tub at Fantasyland Hotel
The Romans were known for their baths and viaducts, and you're invited to have some watery fun in the Ancient Rome-themed room at the Fantasyland Hotel.
Sports Fantasy Room at the Fantasyland Hotel
The Sports Fantasy room is actually more popular with groups of guys than with couples.
Fantasy football fans will have a ball in the Sports Fantasy room. A mock playing field backs football shaped headboards.
Nascar Hot Tub
Weekend Sports Fantasy athletes can soak aching muscles in this oversize hot tub surrounded by a Nascar mural.
Executive Room at the Fantasyland Hotel
There are no scenic murals, no papier-mache volcanoes, not even a hot tub big enough to host a couple of Edmonton Oilers in un-themed Executive Rooms.
Welcome to the West Edmonton Mall
A replica of a pirate ship, under glass, greets mall visitors. Paddle boats are available to complete the hallucinogenic experience.
West Edmonton Mall Food Court
Junk food purveyors of all types are represented inside the vast West Edmonton Mall.
IMAX Theater at the West Edmonton Mall
Winters are cold and long in Canada, and a visit to the IMAX Theater in the West Edmonton Mall can offer some relief.
Ice Hockey Rink in the West Edmonton Mall
With 800+ stores, you may think strapping on a pair of skates is the best way to glide from one to the next. But that will only work on the ice hockey rink.
Bungee Jumping in West Edmonton Mall
Tired of traveling on terra firma? The West Edmonton Mall has a bungee jumping attraction that uses small trampolines.
Indoor Waterpark at West Edmonton Mall
Thrills but no chills await visitors to the Waterpark inside the West Edmonton Mall.
Wave Pool at West Edmonton Mall
Outside, the temperature may be below freezing. Inside the West Edmonton Mall, you can enjoy a day at the beach at the vast wave pool.