Whether or not the room was originally intended as a sex dungeon or not (one person pointed out that the room is simply too small to accommodate any proper BDSM activities. We'll leave that one unanswered for now…) still remains unclear.
Interestingly, the hotel quickly responded by saying this is not a sex dungeon at all but a "prison-themed" room. And sure enough, the hotel's website has since launched a "Verdict on Room 322" package (starting at $329/night), featuring accommodation in the now infamous room, plus a free cocktail, transportation in the ZaZa cop car, $50 for commissary, and an orange prison jumpsuit. Heh.
Meanwhile, the debate rages on over at BoingBoing as to the true nature of this mysterious hotel room. Some commenters completely dismiss the idea, saying it's just a small room next to the elevator shaft with exposed brick because the hotel was built inside an old building.
But the chains? And the weird mirror over the bed? And that creepy artwork? Something just doesn't seem to add up…
One commenter argued:
"The sex thing is plausible, I mean, the chains holding the bed, the mirror looks pretty much like the observation mirrors at the psych clinic, the power strip mounted at bed height for your plug-in toys... it adds up to weirdness - there is a way to check if it is an observation mirror, but you have to be there to try it, a photo won't do. Either way I find the most disturbing thing about the room to be the photo of Mr. Comeaux.
Another more skeptical commenter on the site wrote:
"The mirror may actually be a MIRROR, you know, to make a small awkward space feel bigger"
Call us weirdos, but we're gonna stick with the two-way mirror theory. It certainly makes for a better story!