Travel insights from Jenna Buege, associate editor of The Compass

3 Unique Hotels Bookable on VAX

Have clients looking to add a little flair to their next overnight stay? Here at The Compass we love hotels with a unique twist, and from cartoon-inspired fun to wine-loving digs, these three hotels stand out from the crowd. The best part? They’re all bookable right here on VAX.

1. Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown Union Station

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This picture 📸 really doesn't do the beauty of this ceiling justice. I've been in the Grand Union Hall at the Crowne Plaza a couple of times now for events and each time it takes my breath away. * Here's a fun fact: Grand Union Hall was America's first 👍"union station." The overall structure was built in 1888 and has been recognized as one of the finest Romanesque Revival-styled structures in America. What you see in this picture was built in the early 1900's.😍 * You kind of have to see it for yourself, but the Grand Union Hall has a ton of history and the Crowne Plaza has train cars 🚉 for Hotel Suites. It's pretty neat! #romanesque #unionstation #1900s #architecturephotography #architecture

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Surely passengers boarding their train at Indianapolis’ Union Station had no idea that that same terminal would be converted into the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis’ pride and joy. Built in 1888, this historic spot was the nation’s first Union Station and played temporary host to big names such as Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Today, the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown Union Station has undergone several renovations and acts as a majestic spot for weddings, banquets and events with its glorious stained glass and intricate 60-foot barrel ceiling acting as the perfect backdrop.

2. The Pineapple by Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts

If nautical nonsense be something you wish, be sure to book a stay in SpongeBob’s iconic pineapple home at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana. With two bedrooms and three baths, this fruity lodging option offers modern amenities and accommodations with a dose of Bikini Bottom flair. This pineapple may not be under the sea like our spongy friend’s, but it does come decked out with a signature infinity pool, an outdoor shower and a freestanding tub which is basically the next best thing for us landlubbers.

3. Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites

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First stop! @carmelbythesea

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Calling all winos, Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites is the perfect place to sip some drinks and let all your worries drift away. Inspired by California’s vineyards, Vendange Carmel Inn and Suites partnered with 15 local wineries to create a space out of your dreamiest grape-filled desires. Of course the hotel offers a great selection of vino and weekly tastings, but what really makes this place come to life are the creative touches scattered about such as canvas portraits from different vineyards and artwork crafted from barrels and bottles. Each room has a little something different to offer with signature luxury experiences sponsored by each winery making this a stay that will be worth reminiscing about over a glass of pinot.

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