Bärenhotel (Bear Hotel)

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Bärenhotel (Bear Hotel)

  • Played April 2019
  • Wiesbaden, Hessen

  • 60 minutes
  • 3-8 players
  • Mon-Thu 25€ per player, Fri-Sun 26€ per player
  • Family Friendly

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The escape room Bärenhotel offered by Escape Artist, a company seated in Wiesbaden, Germany, shines by a unique design, innovative style, love to detail and craftsmanship from the well-made pre-room to the smallest details in the puzzles. This escape room lets you assume the roles of investigators which are tasked with solving the mystery of this old hotel. Over the years the hotel owner has collected a multitude of ancient, powerful artifacts, which he brought to his hotel. After falling in love with a cunning witch, the hotel owner has vanished and the destructive mystical energy of the accumulated magical artifacts has been unleashed. Not much time – one hour – remains to solve the mystery of the artifacts and locate the seed of their awakening.

Escape Artist is located in an industrial area in Wiesbaden (close to Frankfurt and Mainz) with plenty of parking available at and around the venue. This makes it very convenient to reach by car, while getting there by public transit might be a little more difficult. From the outside the building looks like just another four story building common to the area; an impression that will be turned inside out once you enter the rooms labeled by the sign saying “Escape Artist” on the second floor. The pre-room is designed in an astonishing self-made wooden style decorated with plenty of beautiful little items relating to puzzles and engines that catch the eye. Plenty of comfortable seating, drinks free of charge, little mind-teasing puzzles and humorous illustrations of the house rules make for a very pleasant atmosphere. There is enough room and lockers to store away your valuables. The charming staff is highly professional and friendly building up the suspense to final start playing.

Upon entering the room we were instantly convinced of the high quality of the game components, which are all self-made, but well above industrial standard. The room is quite new (existing only for 4 months) at the time of this review but worked flawlessly without any broken components or flawed mechanics; a fact even more astonishing if considering that the entire room does not require manual intervention of the game master whatsoever.

The puzzles itself where nicely designed and embedded very naturally into the setting of the hotel. They were logically consistent, stimulating and very diverse. Every puzzle required a different mechanism to be solved and we encountered no simple key-lock or numerical code setups at all.

The story of the hotel owner was very compelling and the great interior design of the room made for a very believable atmosphere. The background music was well picked enhancing the immersion, while not hindering communication between the players. Special effects, such as shaking and jarring cupboards, made us feel like we had really entered into a curse-stricken hotel room.

Overall, this was a challenging and fun to play escape room. The extremely high quality of the components and the love to detail in the design helped to create a wonderful atmosphere. We clearly recommend playing this room, particularly to players who like a diverse challenge in the puzzle design. There are a lot of puzzles that can be worked on in parallel, so we see this room easily work for 5 or more players.

Note: This room can be played in English, German and Russian.

Final Verdict:

8.5/10

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