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stay here frequently when on business. Hotel was booked solid and my colleague managed to score a room unplanned. We all had normal zaza style rooms (swank) and he ended up in this goth dungeon closet. Seriously- the room had a chain holding the bed to wall, pictures of skills and a creepy, incongruous portrait of an old man. Room was about 1/3 the normal size with the furniture blocking part of the TV, bed and window. We asked about it at the front desk and the clerk looked it up and said "that room isn't supposed to be rented.' and immediately moved him.
Originally posted by CIAGypsy
The PR spokeswoman's "explanation" that this is a typical room just doesn't smell right to me. Seems like spin to me.... The following points just don't sit right:
1. The "Hard Times" room is not listed or marketed on the hotel's website.
2. No carpet. They are trying to say this is all part of the theme of the room, but I don't buy it. At the very least, the floor wouldn't look like that. I'd buy "we were replacing the carpet and that's why the room shouldn't have been rented" before I'd buy the story that it was SUPPOSED to look like that.
3. Lamp is actually in front of the television. Again, from a high priced hotel, I don't believe this is how they would normally rent a room to a guest.
4. The picture of the Stanford Financial Exec. Something tells me that they don't have some stray picture of a 3rd party company executive anywhere else in any other room in the hotel. Just a hunch....
5. ETA - the mirror is actually "embedded" into the wall. I would bet that is a two-way mirror.
I'm not saying this room was used for anything nefarious. We certainly don't have enough information to make that kind of a speculative jump. But I don't believe it was intended to look like it does or be rented like this....edit on 18-2-2013 by CIAGypsy because: (no reason given)
Hotel ZaZa Houston For all you ZaZa fans, you've grown to love our thematic Concept & Magnificent Seven Suites. Because Hotel ZaZa Houston's footprint is in a historic building, rather than sacrifice the original structure, we embraced several compact rooms on the second floor and developed them with themes! The room referenced is Hard Times – a playful take on a jailhouse experience. It's compact, yet well-equipped with a spacious balcony overlooking the pool! True to the ZaZa experience, expect the unexpected.