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Shhh...The Arizona Biltmore's Speakeasy is Now Open

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  Site Where: 2400 E Missouri Ave. [map], Phoenix, AZ, United States, 85016
July 29, 2013 at 11:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Mystery Room at Arizona's Biltmore Resort is a mystery no more.

As we told you back in February, the Waldorf Astoria resort's historic Mystery Room has reopened as a speakeasy, which is actually what the Mystery Room initially was during Prohibition. Back then, it was called the "Men's Smoking Room" and required a secret password to enter. Inside was a well-stocked liquor cabinet that converted into a bookcase in the event of a raid. Men could purchase a "set up" of glass, ice and mixers for bootleg liquor. (The 20s version of bottle service, we suppose.) The resort even kept watch for police and would shine their high-powered spotlight into the Mystery Room if they ever saw patrol car outside.

Today, the speakeasy is open to both men and women and it's totally legal. Yet it's only open on Sunday evenings from 8 to 11pm. And it requires a password which will change weekly. The hotel's Twitter feed, @Arizona Biltmore, will post clues every week . Here was last week's passwordg:

Fun fact: Speakeasies were also called "blind pigs."

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Notice Anything Unusual About This Hotel Bookcase?

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  Site Where: 88 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10016
December 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM | by | Comment (1)

Marriott swooped in last year and made plenty of Marriott Rewards members happy by adding the Carlton Hotel to its Autograph Collection. And while perhaps the place isn't quite as historic as its Autograph Collection sister hotel, The Algonquin, the Carlton still has a few tricks up its sleeves...

So for those of you planning on staying here, here's a little secret: up in room 1105, you'll find the exact bookcase you see pictured above. Looks like a normal bookcase, right? Wrong. The bookcase is in fact a door that opens onto a hidden wood-paneled room, accessible only to guests staying in room 1105, which is also known as The Speakeasy Suite.

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