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A few outstanding features of the room include: red brick walls, chains next to the bed, concrete floors, and a possible two-way mirror.
BoingBoing reports that when the man called to complain, he was told by the Front Desk that they'd made a mistake and that, in fact, "no one was supposed to use that room." Suspicious!
Now that the school-season is in effect, it seems fitting that Houston’s quirky Hotel ZaZa, in the heart of the city’s Museum District (and downtown central business region), linked with the Museum of Natural Science’s new Paleontology Hall and created a dinosaur of a discount package to go along with the towering Triassic installation in the hotel’s lobby.
Parents dropping of kids at top-dog Rice and Texas Southern Universities, those in town for Houston Texans football games, or people visiting for work can take advantage of this handsome deal. The Texas Triassic Tour Package includes:
• One night in one of the 300 luxury rooms
• Admission for two to the Houston Museum of Natural Science's Paleontology Hall
• Dinner for two the hotel’s Monarch Bistro
• Complimentary bottle of house wine with dinner at Monarch Bistro
• Complimentary valet parking nightly
• Complimentary daily internet access
Rates for this package begin at $249 a night (which is more than 40% off)
But wait, there's more!
But wait, there's more!
Usually when we're looking for cool hotels with unique décor and interesting design we head to New York, London or L.A. But Houston? Turns out, this is the next big spot. In June, the second Hotel ZaZa opened with 315 of the most uniquely decorated rooms we've ever seen. (And the most interesting foyer too--There's a woman crouching in a Lucite cage suspended from the ceiling.)
In addition to the interesting furnishings, guests can expect rooms with incredible views, 40-inch plasma TVs, small (but pretty) bathrooms, and perfect Wi-Fi connections. Plus the hotel's restaurant is casual enough for jeans by day, but goes formal enough for a shirt and tie by night. With wild mushroom-crusted halibut and lobster cannelloni, it's a menu worth dressing up for.
The new location is about a mile from downtown and within walking distance of some of Houston's most beautiful parks and famous museums.
So it seems as if the Hotel ZaZa is all about decadence--from the menu to the décor--but at $255 a night, you can still afford it. Although, for special occasions we recommend one of the $2,500 suites.)
[Photo: New York Times]