Hotels are going to ridiculous lengths to set themselves apart these days — especially as room-sharing companies like Airbnb grow in popularity. Creating a single theme for one property is one way they’re gathering interest. The latest craze? Video game hotels. Take a look:
It was only a matter of time before the fun-loving Dutch conceived of a hotel devoted to video game aficionados. This widely-publicized destination opened in January 2016, offering guests both modern and retro consoles in each room, gaming headphones, and, of course, enormous flat-screen televisions. There’s even a 270-square-foot gaming room with PCs loaded up with Nightblade and Aegis, a Nintendo Switch, an Xbox 360, and a Playstation 4. Expect high-powered WiFi (duh), plus all the basic hotel amenities. There are even Canadian-themed eats crafted onsite should your Mario Kart madness suddenly spark an appetite for poutine.
Remember playing Joust for hours while loafing in PJs on Saturday mornings? Ah, those were the days. Turns out those days will soon return; Atari has recently announced the launch of a new hotel in Phoenix (construction beginning mid-2020) that will deliver the retro glory of the gaming system we once loved coupled with cutting-edge tech we haven’t yet experienced. Word has it the gaming hotel will blend nostalgia (retro systems) and forward-thinking gaming à la VR and AR. The hotel will also feature art exhibits and offer venues for sporting events. Even better: The Phoenix location is only the first, with several more to come.
Traveling to Asia and need a hotel room that just has the basics? You know, coffee, phone, PC gaming system. We recommend grabbing a reservation at the aptly named iHotel, where select rooms come with lightning-fast gaming stations. Details are somewhat scarce online, but from what we can tell, you can nab a room with one system or two, and each one comes with its own dedicated space, a gaming chair (you have to stay comfortable while working up a virtual sweat), and massive monitor. Oh, and the hotel also has a complimentary breakfast.
For those who love the stories, characters, and culture of video games — more than playing the games themselves — perhaps a night at The Curtis hotel in Denver would tempt. The entire hotel is made up of themed rooms, and this one is done with aplomb: Super Mario mushroom pillows accent lounge chairs, Pac-Man candy offers a warm welcome, and a Donkey Kong arcade keeps you entertained for hours. Plus, you’ll enjoy cool accents like the Mario Brother mural on one of the walls. Great for kids and even better for nostalgic adults, this room is like stepping back to blissful childhood.
Leave it to a tech-surrounded hotel chain to take their love of video games to the next level. W Hotels, with a significant presence in tech hub Bellevue, Washington, created its own video game to entertain guests. It’s called Belle the Bear, and features loveable 8-bit graphics and a storyline that involves Belle hunting for high-end accommodations. Players guide Belle to (what else?) the W in Bellevue while avoiding predictable hazards along the way. The game is browser-based and winners can receive very attractive prizes — including a free night’s stay at the W. What’s more, the chain is amping up its marketing of the game with Belle figures placed strategically throughout its property. Clever, eh?
The Viceroy is one of those properties that goes above and beyond on every level. Cases in point: You’re welcomed with sparkling wine, they stock luxe bath amenities, and offer a house car. Not a surprise, I suppose, that they also offer gaming consoles to guests (you know, just in case you have a sudden hankering for Goldeneye). A few years back, they even had a game butler who would cater to your virtual needs. We can’t find any sign of such a niche service now, though a quick call to the front desk will quickly get you your console of choice — from Xbox to Playstation.
These six video game hotels are only some of the many that are beginning to fold in video gaming to their long list of amenities. While most don’t showcase this offering front and center, third-party gaming supply companies like My Game Concierge is making it easy for top brands to offer virtual fun to guests of all ages. So the next time you’re put up somewhere for the night, ask the staff if they can accommodate a request for a little quality time with Sonic the Hedgehog.