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For anyone who’s ever had the fantasy of living in an igloo — here’s your chance! Book the hotel’s Enchanting Discovery package for $324.50 CAD (about U.S. $305).
updated 9/4/2008 9:57:18 AM ET 2008-09-04T13:57:18

Book by: January 31, 2009
Travel by: Various dates in 2009

The deal
Call them hobbies, quirks or minor obsessions. We all have something that makes us tick. Imagine finding a hotel whose raison d’être matches your interest. You might never go home again! To that end, we’ve gathered a global threesome of unique concept properties that have either recently opened their doors or are preparing to do so in Milwaukee, Liverpool and near Quebec City. Motorcycle enthusiasts, winter lovers and diehard Beatles fans get ready. Passion-pleasing packages start at $305 a night per person.

Beatles-themed package in Liverpool
Been working like a dog? Perhaps a stay at the Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool, England will make you feel all right. The Cavern Quarter boutique property is — you guessed it — a Beatles-inspired endeavor. Guests will get a glimpse of the heady days of Beatlemania with specially commissioned artwork throughout — including all 110 guestrooms, specially appointed Lennon and McCartney suites and a Beatles Information Center. Aficionados can book one of two packages for a full-on Fab Four experience. The Beatles Treat package includes luxury room accommodations for two nights for two people, breakfast daily, two tickets for both the Magical Mystery Tour and Beatles Story local attractions, plus two hotel T-shirts. Total coast is £350 (about $650).

Stay in Canada’s Hôtel de Glace
For anyone who’s ever had the fantasy of living in an igloo — here’s your chance, if only for a night! Made of almost entirely snow and ice — from the lobby to the beds, Hôtel de Glace, or Ice Hotel, is gearing up for the season and currently taking reservations for 2009. The 36-room winter wonderland, 30 minutes from Canada’s Quebec City will be open from January 4 to March 29. Guests booking the hotel’s Enchanting Discovery package for $324.50 CAD (about U.S. $305) per person receive a complimentary welcome cocktail, served — naturally — on the rocks; an arctic sleeping bag, pillow and blanket for the night’s stay; access to the hot tubs and sauna; full breakfast buffet; a same-night reservation at the neighboring Duchesnay resort, in case the cold proves too much; and all gratuities.

Biker chic in Milwaukee
When was the last time you were in hog heaven? Can’t remember? We suggest you try Milwaukee’s Iron Horse Hotel. The factory/warehouse turned luxury boutique property, which opens in mid-September, was designed with motorcycle enthusiasts in mind. Guests will find amenities for the bike as well as the rider, such as covered parking with rag bins and motorcycle-washing stations, custom guestroom hooks for hanging heavy gear and benches for boots and helmets. For couples there’s Ride-in-Style special. Valid for a two-night stay for two people in a deluxe room and priced at $1000, the package includes spa treatments; in-room champagne and strawberries upon arrival; dinner for two; a packed saddle bag lunch; and complimentary motorcycle storage. Among the other freebies: skullcaps, sunscreen, lip balm and area maps.

The dollars
While taxes are included in the Hard Days Night package prices, they’re extra for the Iron Horse and Hôtel de Glace. See other details above.

The catch
You will have to go home eventually.

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Photos: Quebec City: A unique Canadian hideaway

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  1. Historic railway

    Taking locals and tourists up nearly 300 feet at a 45 degree angle to Terrase Dufferin, the Quebec Funicular has been operating since 1879. (Richard T. Nowitz / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Charming Chateau

    The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac stands high on a bluff overlooking the St. Lawrence River in the heart of Quebec City. (Tibor Bogn·r / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Marvelous mural

    The Fresque des Quebecois Mural fills an entire four story wall, and illustrates 400 years of Quebec history. (Richard T. Nowitz / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Icy competition

    Ice canoe racers push and paddle their canoes along the St. Lawrence River, during Quebec's Winter Carnival. (Alison Wright / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A cool place to stay

    Quebec's Ice Hotel is located just outside of Quebec City, and is rebuilt each winter with new and unique architecture. (Alison Wright / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Walking in the rain

    Pedestrians walk in the rain on Rue de Petit Champlain, in Quebec City. (Richard T. Nowitz / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Illuminating art

    The Gare du Palais Fountain is illuminated at night across from the Gare du Palais train station in Quebec City. (Nik Wheeler / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
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