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Arizona Biltmore’s Mystery Room Returns to Speakeasy, Man-Cave Glory

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  Site Where: 2400 E Missouri Ave. [map], Phoenix, AZ, United States, 85016
February 27, 2013 at 12:02 PM | by | ()

If you've ever wandered the legendary Arizona Biltmore Resort, you've likely stumbled upon a photo of the "Mystery Room," though never the room itself as the location has long been — you guessed it — a mystery. That's all about to change; last week we were among the first to learn that this mysterious room will soon be revealed and restored to a version of its former self as a speakeasy lounge.

Back in the day, the cozy club masqueraded as a "Men's Smoking Room" requiring a secret password for entry and accessible only through a secret passage that started behind the resort and traveled up a hidden staircase from the kitchen. In many ways it was a true man cave, where gentlemen could kick back to smoke cigars and pipes, swap news about the stock market and sip on bootleg setups of gin and juice.

A clever fuzz buster was in place, too, with a spotlight that was officially known to guide guests at night, and unofficially used to search the desert for police raids. Whenever a raid approached, the spotlight would shine through the Mystery Room's stained glass roof, signaling guests to return to their rooms and the booze to be tucked back into the room's hidden bookshelf.

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Spend the Night With Frank Lloyd Wright for Just $100

August 10, 2011 at 2:14 PM | by | ()

A long, long, time ago, practically an eternity ago on the internet really, we learned that a hotel once designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Mason City, Iowa would reopen after years of disrepair in the grand year of 2010. So that didn't happen last year but ArtInfo reports on that after an $18 million renovation, The Historic Park Inn Hotel is now officially open to FLW-enthusiasts, and anyone else who is stranded in Mason City for a night.

After hanging in a state of precarious decline for the past 30 years, the renewed Historic Park Inn Hotel emerges with plenty for Wright fans to marvel at: his original art-glass skylights in the lobby, reproductions of furniture found in his other properties, a restored multi-colored terra-cotta façade, and a freshly repaired roof with its characteristically Prairie School hanging eaves. The hotel features 27 guest suites, a bar, a restaurant, and an 8,000-square-foot conference room.

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