You’ve no doubt heard of smash rooms, splash rooms and escape rooms. Well, now Sydneysiders are set to become the first people in the world to get up close and personal with ‘challenge rooms’ at a global-first concept venue coming soon to Alexandria. Plucked from the madcap minds of the team at Funlab, the creators of popular mini-golf chain Holey Moley and Sydney’s new augmented reality darts bar La Di Darts, the Hijinx Hotel offers a series of interactive games, set within an eye-popping faux hotel, styled like Willy Wonka and Wes Anderson got drunk at a Bunnings.
Visitors begin their visit in a fantastical hotel lobby that is all Art Deco grandeur and Alice in Wonderland madness. From here, there are 15 weird and wacky rooms to explore, each containing a fun game, such as Twister (with a twist) and the Floor is Lava. And because if you didn't 'gram it were you even there, each room has been conceived to deliver the most double-tap-worthy shots of you and your mates as you get to grips with the games. Guests have four minutes in each gaming space to score as many points as possible, which sounds like thirsty work, so it’s good news that the venue will also have a bar where visitors can catch their breath over a cocktail or two.
The Hijinx Hotel will open to the public on June 3 at the same Alexandria venue where fan favourite Archie Brother Cirque Electriq is located. And that’s not all. A huge new Holey Moley venue, with 18 brand new putt-putt games to conquer, will also be opening at the same location. This latest addition to the Holey Moley chain, while still every bit as wacky and pun-packed as its sister venues, will be in a league of its own, covering a space ten times greater than any previous location. Much like the Hijinx Hotel, the design has been conceived to deliver the most 'grammable vistas in town, so expect to see it filling your feed when it welcomes its first golfers in early June.