What on earth is this room FOR?
Last week a Redditor booked a stay at Houston's swanky themed Hotel ZaZa. The hotel was packed, and after some confusion at the front desk, he was given the keys to Room 322. He went upstairs and found a truly bizarre location.
Room 322 is only about 1/3rd the size of a normal room. One of the room's walls is brick, unlike any other rooms in the hotel. This brick wall has a mirror embedded within it like a window (rather than hung on the wall, as you would normally do with a mirror and a brick wall) which has led many to speculate that the mirror is actually one-way glass, and a camera or another room lies behind it.
The room is decorated with a bed that's been chained to the wall, furniture crammed into a space too small for it, bare concrete floors, several creepy paintings, skull graphics, and a photograph of an old white dude who is apparently Jay Comeaux, president of the Stanford Group.
Upon checking with the front desk, he was brusquely told "that room isn't supposed to be rented," and was quickly switched to a different room. Another seemingly unrelated person tells the same story of having received Room 322 by accident, and describes it with similar terms.
An intriguing connection: the number 322 is important to the Skull and Bones Society, a secret society of Yale graduates. The number 322 is part of the official logo of the Skull and Bones. In fact, the inner temple of the Skull and Bones society is - you guessed it - called "Room 322."
Is this bizarre hotel room a Skull & Bones special perk? Is it a themed hooker room for BDSM enthusiasts? Is it the location where secret Monarch mind control experiments take place? (Conspiracy theorists take note, the hotel's restaurant is called "The Monarch.") Or is it something else entirely?
When the Houston Press contacted Hotel ZaZa for more information, the hotel's spokeswoman said that the room is called "Hard Times" and is a themed room, "a play on a jail experience." While the ZaZa has many themed rooms, the Hard Times room 322 isn't listed among them on its website. Also, it doesn't really look very prison-y. I mean, at the very least, wouldn't you incorporate bars into the room's design? That seems like an obvious one. Maybe in place of that creepy mirror!