A London “hotel” has made a unique addition to its staff – a serial killer.
The Hollow Hotel is offering guests an “immersive experience” in which participants match wits with 19th century multiple- murderer H.H. Holmes, who was made notorious by the bestselling book The Devil in the White City. Holmes supposedly killed most of his victims in hotel rooms.
Don’t go looking for The Hollow Hotel on Expedia.com. It’s actually an old bakery converted into a sprawling venue for this elaborate historically themed escape-room experience. The scary stunt is the brainchild of London’s DifferenceEngine theatre company, which specializes in interactive drama.
Participants move through a series of fear-inducing rooms, scenarios, and encounters as they work to both escape and identify the killer. Labyrinths and booby traps add to the challenge. Light and sound effects heighten the tension.
“If you listen to the whispers in its winding corridors, you might lose yourself as each turn entices you to delve further in; until you can’t turn back,” according to DifferenceEngine’s description of the Hollow Hotel experience.
(I think I just heard Vincent Price’ maniacal laugh.)
If this sort of thing appeals to you, book your flight this summer. DifferenceEngine’s “experiences” are like any other theatre show; they run only as long as there are butts in the seats. The group’s last experience, a heist-themed challenge, closed down after nine months.