Hotel ZaZa secret room 322?

This was a post made to reddit about room 322 at hotel ZaZa. What’s interesting to note is someone supposedly offered the poster cash to delete the post. The hotel refuses to answer any questions and we all know what 322 thanks for…

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 skulls 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.

Anyone know whats up with this room?

addling link to imgur album here

Edit to add the follow up from the Houston Press. Link.

Now I have to go and see if I can make reservations in the yacht room.

Edit 2: Chronicle emailed and I put them in touch with my friend who stayed in this room. Link. His name isn’t max but that isn’t the point of the story. I still don’t understand why these rooms aren’t on the website (when all the other themed rooms are and this is a hotel - meaning they want to rent rooms).

Edit 3: This thread has been fun. I’m not much for conspiracy theories and don’t really buy all the skull and bones stuff. I just wanted to know what was up with the room and figured someone on here might know a bit.
lots of the posts are asking questions about the pictures - they were taken months ago and no staging was involved. I’m not the photographer, just a curious Houston traveler usually in town for work with a group - one of whom happened to get this room and had the forethought to take photos.

And to the very new redditor offering me a bounty to delete this thread - I’ll totally do it because cash is cash. But i don’t want to die either. So let’s do this publicly - I’m posting your message you sent me. And we can meet at the Monarch bar next week - I’ll be in town on Monday & will update this thread when I get to Monarch so we can meet. screencap of offer

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Ok, let’s approach this reasonably, point by point:

–It’s not a standard “theme room”. The framed photo of the older man negates this option. That item makes no sense within the scope of what’s being claimed as the theme. The huge balcony is antithetical within the scope of the theme as well. And the paintings, while creepy, don’t make sense within the scope of the theme either. Even prison cells in movies don’t look like that.

–It appears to be a room created for some very specific audience or purpose. The framed photo suggests this because of its odd specificity. The related signed paintings would also suggest this. The lack of a real unifying, commercially recognizable theme also suggests this. It’s not a “normal” room, and it’s not a normal theme room either. It seems most likely to be for a specific staff member or regular guest or specific type of guest.

–The brick wall is architecturally inconsistent. This much is obvious. This may mean the mirror is 2-way, and (whether that’s the case or not) it may mean there’s a “secret room” or adjoining room purposefully adjacent to the one we see. That’s only speculation–however suggestive it may be. The brick wall could also simply have been added as a result of the potential audience-related reasons for why this room exists (ie: to have a sturdier-looking wall to attach the chain to–in other words, the wall, like the chain, is just a prop).

–The name the hotel has given for the room’s theme, “Hard Times,” has obvious sexual innuendo. This may have been unintentional, or it may be a code to the specific guests who use it. Again, this is speculation, but it is what the room is actually called in the hotel’s files, according to several sources at this point.

–The hotel is hiding something. Hotels make their money by renting rooms. Period. Their response, in two cases of some regular guest having been put in this room, was to immediately transfer them to another room. They also don’t advertise this room among their other themed rooms. The most logical conclusion is that this is is not a room they want to rent to the public. That would strongly suggest that there’s something about this room that makes it different from all their other rentable rooms. And too much effort was made in decorating/creating the room for it to be kept this way without a purpose. This is not a storage room, it’s a clean, rentable room in a hotel that is not being offered or advertised for rent in the manner that all their other rooms are. This hotel is hiding something.

–There are two somewhat easy ways to solve this mystery: 1) rent the room, explore it, and report back. 2) Obtain reliable information from a source at the hotel (not their PR person) (obviously). There are other ways to solve this mystery as well (none of which I’m advocating, of course): 1) Rent another room at the hotel and access 322 during your stay. 2) Obtain the rental records for 322 from the hotel. 3) Obtain the blueprints on file for that floor of the hotel (though these documents are often not accurate). 4) Entice a hotel staff member to allow you access to 322 and any adjoining rooms necessary to solve the mystery.

Finally, and this is a deduction, not a logical conclusion: taking all of the elements in the room into account, the thing this room looks most like is a holding room, where a kidnapper or killer would place their victim–to observe them and psychologically confuse them. In no way am I suggesting that’s what it’s actually used for. Only that, if there is any sort of fantasy theme I could attach to this room based on appearance alone, it would be that. And there are certainly people who would enjoy that kind of fantasy role play. And it would be obvious why the hotel would behave about the room as it has if that were the actual theme. The framed photo still has only a tenuous place within that theme (as an element of confusion, possibly suggestive of domination to the captive) (due to its height on the wall, its expression of authority, etc), so I’m not concluding that’s what’s happening here, only offering my best deduction as to a possible theme any of us could label.

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