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Strides above the city’s many other local escape rooms, Escape Hotel creates a fully immersive experience from the time you step inside
September 22, 2016 :: 9:30 AM
What was formerly the bright red home of trendy nightlife spot Geisha House on the corner of Cherokee and Hollywood Boulevard is now something much creepier. Opened on July 19, Escape Hotel Hollywood has capitalized on our city’s love of escape rooms—those physical (but mostly logical) adventure games in which a group must use their wits to solve problems and puzzles in a set amount of time, thereby “escaping” the room—by setting up the largest one in the country, and possibly the world.
Presently, Escape Hotel offers five different experiences, each of varying difficulty. Those who are unfamiliar with escape rooms should opt for “Agent,” in which you’re an American spy taken captive in Hitler’s WWII Europe, or “Daycare,” which tasks you with saving the souls of small children who perished in unthinkable ways (guaranteed to be one of the creepiest things you’ve done in a while). Those with a bit more escape room experience under their belts can opt for the “Zombie,” “Witchcraft” (find the spell that will save you before a mob shows up to burn you alive) and “Mafia” rooms.
Strides above the city’s many other local escape rooms, Escape Hotel has created a fully immersive experience from the time you step off the street. The venue itself is a beautifully appointed hotel lobby that recalls the previous season of American Horror Story, while the bellboys and receptionists are decked out in creepy period garb. Upon arrival you’ll be given a passport that acts as your checklist of the many rooms. Solve them and you’ll get a stamp proving as much.
Though it’s already the largest by far, Escape Hotel is looking to more-than-double its rooms to 11 functioning experiences by year’s end. In a part of town better known for vintage shopping and wide-eyed tourists, we can’t be more delighted for a reason to visit Hollywood once again.