What: Escape Hotel
For: Ages 13+
Ethan and I had the pleasure of going to the Escape Hotel for our first escape room experience. It was so fun and detailed that we plan on coming back to try out the other themed rooms.
The lobby and décor of this ‘hotel’ is extravagant. There is ample seating space in the lobby for patrons. No food, drink or electronics are allowed in any of the escape rooms, so small lockers are provided. You can take the locker key into the room with you. The front desk checks you in quickly with a signed waiver and iPad card transaction. Photos are only allowed in the lobby where there is a provided photo booth with props. Make sure to arrive a minimum of 30 minutes prior to your game start time.
Each room has a different theme, which includes Circus, Cocaine, Slaughter, Witchcraft, Zombie, Lost Temple-Cursed Crypt, Daycare, Agent and Espionage. Pirate and Heist themed rooms are coming soon. Each area has its own level of difficulty. Some rooms require team work and either contain linear or non-linear story lines. Keep in mind that a few rooms are adult-themed and each experience is one hour long.
We tried out the Espionage escape room and went in as two players. We were blindfolded and then walked separately to prison cells that we were locked in. When we were able to remove our blindfolds, a timer started ticking down from 60 minutes. We were left with a two-way walkie talkie that we used to communicate with the front desk to ask for clues or clarification for anything. There are cameras in the room that stream to the front desk so that they can see what point you are at in the game. If your team is moving too slowly then they will use the walkie talkie to give you a clue. Many of the rooms require team work. If there are too many small teams waiting in the lobby then you might be teamed up with another small group. We were able to use keys, cell phones, Morse code, locations, coordinates, etc. to solve the room. It was a very fun experience as a couple that taught us how well we work together.
I would recommend this for ages 13 and up since some of the themes are more adult. Make sure that you have your own room with a group unless you are ok being teamed up with some random people. It was not crowded when we went, and I would love to go again with a group of friends.
We spent a total of $84 for a one hour escape room experience for two people. Groupons and Living Social deals are sometimes offered as a discount. The website shows that pricing ranges from $39 to $49 per person.
Escape Hotel Information
6633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
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