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This photo, of the Vampire Room at Propeller Island Lodge in Berlin, leaves little to the imagination, and we cannot imagine why someone would want to pay to sleep in a coffin, at least sooner than they have to
Today is Halloween and of course that makes for a perfect Funky Friday edition. In this case rather than choosing a single photo - which is tough to do on Halloween - we created a photo gallery dedicated to hotels whose designs, for better or worse, suggest that the spirit of Halloween should be a year round offering.
For this photo roundup, and we expect to add to it over time, we stayed away from some of the more obvious haunted hotels, such as The Stanley (aka "heeerree's Johnny!") because we know you already know about these places. And their designs do not necessarily suggest anything out of the ordinary. These do, whether it be a lighthearted approach, so to speak, or plain drop dead creepy, so to speak.
So here's our first gallery of unusual accommodations created for guests who want to experience some fright night fun or fear any day of the year. Not necessarily in that order.
Earlier in the week the internet geeked out over The Harry Potter Hotel in London also known as The Georigan House Hotel. So many Harry Potter nerds (including us) were dying to see what the rooms looked like, that we all crashed the hotel's website. But once we read the room description and saw the photos, we were entirely unimpressed.
The "Wizard's Chambers", as they are called are and which should be your first clue that things aren't quite right here, are not officially sanctioned by Warner Brothers, who own the rights to the Harry Potter brand.
Indeed, the rooms sport no mention of Harry or Gryyfindor but rather just some vague wizarding touches like walls that look like castle walls, mirrors that look like castle windows and furniture that looks like castle furniture, along with some plaid blankets, old luggage and other items that might be found at Hogwarts. There isn't even a quidditch broom lying around!
The Georgian is simply taking advantage of the fact that Harry Potter took place in London and that the city now offers a "Muggle Walking Tour" and the Warner Brothers Studio Tour--The Making of Harry Potter. Neither of these tours are included in the £209 Wizard Chamber room rate, although breakfast is. But lest the hotel try to pull a fast one over
Warner Brothers you, they included this disclosure on their website:
Please note that the Wizard Chambers at the Georgian House provide a unique magical experience, and are not part of the Warner Bros official tour and have not been endorsed, sanctioned or in any other way supported, directly or indirectly by Warner Bros. Entertainment, the Harry Potter book publishers or J.K.Rowling and her representatives.
If there ever was a real Harry Potter Hotel opening, we'd be the first to know. But we don't think it will happen for a while. Warner Brothers won't even let all the hotels at Universal Studios in Orlando do anything Harry-themed with their rooms.
[Photo: Georgian House Hotel]
This hotel may have missed the mark with its insane asylum themed floor but the The W New Orleans is making the most of its location in the French quarter this Halloween with a "Feel the Spirits" package that is just the right amount of spooky.
The package includes a two-night stay in a Tarot-inspired guest room along with two tickets to the creepy Walking Cemetery Tour by Gray Line Tours and two Corpse Reviver cocktails from the hotel bar, SoBou. The Corpse Reviver is made with equal parts gin, Lillet, lemon and Cointreau and served in a glass misted with Absinthe, designed "to bring you back to life." You'll also be close to the city's Krewe of Boo Halloween parade on the 30th.
Rates for the package start at $391 a night on October 30 and 31st for a wonderful room and $401 for the Mega room with the tarot them. This room is actually available year-round so if you can't make to Nola for the Halloween festivities, you can go another time and have the same creepy experience.
[Photo: W New Orleans French Quarter]
We've long been a fan of Kimpton Hotels' Forgot it? We've got it!" amenity program, which sends up, on request, any toiletries that guests may have forgotten to pack from contact lens solution to straightening irons. But now at The EPIC Hotel in Miami, the amenity program extends to Halloween costumes.
That's right, if you've forgotten to pack your sexy ladybug costume, or just decided on a whim to go trick or treating, the EPIC Hotel can lend you a costume to wear for the night.
We inquired about the Halloween costume choices and they include the following:
· Clown make up
· Clown noses
· Rainbow bow tie
· Child & adult cat costume
· Bunny ears
· Various mustaches
· Venetian masks
And if you stay at the hotel on Halloween, you can indulge in special pumpkin oil aroma therapies and massages from the hotel's Exhale Spa during the hotel's complimentary wine hour. A Halloween candy buffet will also be on display. Over at the hotel's bars and lounges--LILT, Area31 and a the rooftop pool deck, speciality Halloween cocktails will be served too.
Rooms at the EPIC start at $249 a night.
The Stanley Hotel, AKA The Shining Hotel
It’s Halloween in hotel land, but rather than tell you about any package with the adjective ‘spooktacular’, we thought we’d discuss scary things found in hotel rooms. Some are ghostly, and some are simply gross. Here are the scariest moments of the HotelChatter crew – do chime in with yours in the comments…
· Being warned, “Ladies, you may not want to go into this next room, since the gentleman ghost has a habit of, um, touching women," on a hotel ghost tour (at The Stanley Hotel, CO);
· Becoming aware of your hotel’s haunted rumors while getting ready to go to sleep (at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, PA);
· Getting a weird neck-tingling sensation walking down a corridor (at Claridge’s)
· Having the room key not work, getting it fixed, having it break again, having the lock replaced, and having it break again – and then having a very weird feeling about the room (at The Benson, OR)
· Checking into a hotel we knew had a haunted reputation, trying our best to ignore that fact overnight, reading in the morning that the ghosts are mainly concentrated in one room, asking at reception for a joke if we could see that ghost room, and being told “but it’s the one you slept in last night” (at the Cosmopolitan San Diego).
It's the day after Halloween and many of you are probably nursing a wicked Halloween party hangover and/or sugar crash. So we'll make this post super easy for you by giving you some snapshots of 7 hotels that dressed up for Halloween yesterday. We know there's way more of you out there so if you want to send along your fun staff costumes, please do so.
The Refinery Hotel, New York: Staffers got sexy for the hotel's Penthouse Freakshow Rooftop Costume Party.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel, Hollywood, Fla.: The marketing department dressed up as different characters from the musical Grease.
Spent so much time planning your costume and parties that you forgot to reserve a place to retire to after the Halloween festivities? No worries. These last-minute NYC hotel deals (for standard rooms unless otherwise noted), via a few of our favorite booking sites, will have you sorted.
HotelTonight's "High-Roller Suite" comes from 6 Columbus who are offering their Columbus Loft for $1,050 -- the two-story penthouse loft with floor-to-ceiling windows is showing on the Thompson Hotels site for $5,500.
Halloween is less than 48 hours away and if you've been putting off putting together a costume, we've got some easy, DIY but most importantly, hotel-inspired costume ideas. (Yes, we're really that hotel nerdy.)
Sadly, we didn't have enough time to put these costumes together on our own so you'll have to use your powers of imagination to visualize what they will look like. Got some other good ideas for hotel-inspired get-ups? Share them in comments below!
1. Hotel Housekeeper. Consider this the alternative to the sexy French maid costume. Instead of a corset and an extremely short tutu, put on a pair of matching tops and bottoms (pajama sets in solid colors will work) and carry around a pail of cleaning supplies. You can also wear a back brace for an added "real life" effect. And of course, you will have the liberty to bust in on someone when they're in the bathroom. All you have to do is knock and say, "Housekeeping" and then enter.
2. Crappy Hotel WiFi. This one is super easy to DIY. Get a white t-shirt and a black permanent marker. Copy the WiFi signal often found in the top right corner of your computer onto the shirt. But only color in the bottom two lines to indicate poor signal strength. Then write "Hotel WiFi" above it and then "$19.99 Will Be Charged To Your Guest Room" below it.
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Judging by the number of costumes we saw on the streets on New York last weekend, many of you were celebrating Halloween early. If you're holding out for the day itself, here's a few hotels that will be throwing spooky parties this Thursday. For more check our previous list of hotel Halloween parties.
The Lost Icons Halloween costume party at Hôtel Americano will honor the "most cherished yet dearly departed" cultural icons. The hotel will be offering a special three course prix fixe menu at the rooftop restaurant Artico for $75 per person followed by a costume party with music by DJ Angola. Reservations are available from 7pm by contacting rsvp @ hotel-americano.com.
Love it or hate, there's no escaping Halloween. Might as well get into the spirit, we say; don a ridiculous outfit and dance (and drink) the night away at one of these hot hotel Halloween parties.
The Refinery's Penthouse Freakshow Rooftop Halloween Costume Party offers a four-hour top-shelf open bar from 9 pm to 1 am, sounds by The Baldwin Sisters, live performances, and small bites by Executive Chef Jeffrey Forrest. The bash takes place on the rooftop (13th floor!) and tickets cost $125; available here.
While we think Hurricane Sandy has been one hell of a Halloween trick, it appears that today on All Hallows' Eve, Hotel Tonight became the innocent-looking neighbor that offers unwrapped candy to trick-or-treaters.
We received the above email and thought "Wow, there's some good deals here!" And like a big kid searching for the full-size candy bar in a bucket o' treats, we saw good rates--rooms in Atlanta for $79! Dallas for $55! Even San Francisco, where today they had an banging Halloween Day ticker-tape parade celebrating the 2012 World Series champion's, the Giants, beds for $105! These were the Snickers, Reese's, and Baby Ruth's of hotel deals.
So what's the problem? We'll show you.
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We're going to do it. Use every Halloween pun known to man, because it's just the thing to do. Everyone likes to get their fright-on for Halloween including some of our favorite hotels. So don’t be squeamish – dig into some of these devilish deals and ghoulish goings-on. See? We're doin' it!
If you’re looking for a horrifically good time, visit the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas as it transforms into a Victorian London terror attraction: Bloody English, through Oct. 31. Jack the Ripper, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Sweeney Todd, Phantom of the Opera – you know you’ll find them all there. Why? Because it’s Vegas baby!