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In Moncton I found a curiously memorable place to stay, though not for old-world charm—which the bustling city, Acadia’s intellectual and commercial center, is short on. This was the grandly named Best Western Crystal Palace, a modern structure set on a commercial strip that any American would recognize. The Crystal Palace offered more than seemed at all likely. For one thing, it is attached to a large indoor amusement park—merry-go-round, bumper cars, roller coaster, and all—which is accessible to hotel guests by use of their room keys. Also, it has a dozen themed suites, decorated with cheerful lunacy. The focal point of my Victorian Suite was not the four-poster bed or the coy prints on the wall but the columned, marble Jacuzzi that took up half the room. The Western Suite’s Jacuzzi was edged by waves of plaster desert; maybe best of all, the Rock ’n’ Roll Suite had a bed fashioned out of a 1959 pink Cadillac.