UPDATED: Does Hotel ZaZa Have a Creepy, Hidden Room They Don't Want You to Know About?

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From reddit.com
Welcome to ZaZa -- NOW YOU DIE!
Hair Balls is kinda flipping out over online pics purporting to show a secret, mysterious room at Hotel ZaZa, with concrete floors, a bed chained to the wall, a giant skull-and-bones painting, and a portrait of a dude who looks a lot like a guy who used to work at Stanford Financial.

The pics were posted on reddit by someone who claims to be friends with someone who was recently given that room (322), and who was subsequently told that the room was rented to him by mistake. Que?!

Here's the dude's post:

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.

We called ZaZa to see what's up, and spokeswoman Kyra Coots said she'd get right back to us. But she didn't. Perhaps she got sucked up into the mysterious room? The pics don't correspond to any of the theme rooms featured on ZaZa's site. So we're sorta puzzled. And we want to rent this room really, really bad...

Update: We just heard from Coots...

Coots told us that this is in fact one of the hotel's theme rooms -- it's called Hard Times, and it's a play on a jail experience. (We'll note again it's not mentioned on the Web site, which lists and describes the other "theme" rooms.)

While it's a "compact" room, it has one of the hotel's largest balconies, which overlooks the pool area, she said. (The other side of the hotel features another compact theme room, called Ship's Cabin, which resembles a yacht and also overlooks the pool.) She says neither room is secret or kept from being rented.

Coots also told us that, at one point, the company's president lived in the Hard Times room for two months, five days a week. We asked about the portrait of the distinguished, mustachioed gentleman, and she said she'd look into it. (She's also checking into the claims made by the guy who posted the pics in the first place.)

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