A TED-themed Interactive Hotel Room Is Coming To London This September

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Turning ordinary hotel rooms into immersive puzzle boxes waiting to be solved, Marriot Hotels is teaming up with idea engine TED for a unique and interactive experience taking place around the world this summer



With research suggesting we’re more interested in themed travel experiences than ever, Marriott Hotels is furthering its partnership with idea engine TED through its award-winning educational arm TED-Ed, to debut their first-ever immersive experience outside of a TED conference with a unique ‘pop-up’ hotel room.

Aimed at sparking curiosity and enriching the experience of global travellers, the rooms feature interactive, mind-bending activities integrated into the Marriott Hotels guest room design – turning an ordinary space into a puzzle box waiting to be solved.

Following the inaugural launch in California this July at San Francisco Marriott Marquis, guests can also book the discovery-based room for August stays at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park before it comes across the pond to London Marriott Hotel County Hall in September. Each room experience will be live for three months at each location.

Recent social listening research conducted on behalf of Marriott saw a significant year-over-year uptick in searches for #themedrooms (+106%) and “hotel rooms” + themed (+65%), suggesting consumers are craving more distinct and inspiring hotel experiences.

Sparking curiosity from the start, guests embark on the adventure as soon as they swipe their keys and enter the room. Puzzle elements have been seamlessly hidden within the décor; solving them all will lead guests to a grand finale and series of surprises and rewards.

What’s more, the puzzles all draw individual inspiration from the three destinations, featuring and celebrating local landmarks, culture, and more. Uncover hidden messages, hunt for puzzle pieces, and experience elements of the room in unexpected and delightful ways.

Awe-inspiring décor elements have been expertly layered onto Marriott Hotels’ modern, residential guest room design to create a blended experience, with everyday hotel items serving as “keys” to unlock clues to help guests progress through the immersive space.

The room’s Curiosity Journal serves as the guide and connection to the one-of-a-kind in-room journey, with hints available in case guests need a helpful hand. When you’ve mastered the final challenge, enjoy a certificate of completion and then devour a complimentary dessert in the hotel’s restaurant.

“Marriott Hotels has always been a place where guests can be inspired at every corner of their experience and we’ve taken that to the next level with TED’s award-winning, educational arm TED-Ed,” said Jason Nuell, Senior Vice President, Premium Brands, Marriott International. “This one-of-a-kind adventure further fosters the notion for our guests to stay curious in their travels, opening their minds beyond a typical overnight stay and propel them to explore the destination with renewed desire to learn something new.”

Awe-inspiring décor elements have been expertly layered onto Marriott Hotels’ modern, residential guest room design to create a blended experience, with everyday hotel items serving as “keys” to unlock clues to help guests progress through the immersive space.

Reservations for The Curiosity Room by TED are available now for the below dates:

  • San Francisco Marriott Marquis: July 15 – October 16, 2022
  • Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park: August 15 – November 15, 2022
  • London Marriott Hotel County Hall: September 15, 2022 – January 2, 2023

“Watching millions of people view and share TED-Ed’s educational animated videos online every day is a profoundly rewarding experience for our team of creators,” commented TED-Ed’s founding and executive director, Logan Smalley.

“What really excites me about our partnership with Marriott Hotels, though, is that it will enable families throughout the world, for the first time ever, to experience a totally unique version of TED-Ed in person. I think everyone who participates will gain, in the most tantalizingly fun way possible, a deeper understanding and appreciation of TED-Ed and their destination, and I’m grateful to Marriott Hotels for making that possible.”

Marriott Hotels has a longstanding, global partnership with TED. The relationship began in 2016 by distributing TED Talks and TED Fellows Salons, blogs, and original quotes to hotel guests worldwide, and has continued to elevate every year with new elements of the partnership.

Find out more and start the adventure via marriott-hotels.marriott.com

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