At the U.K.’s Art B&B in Blackpool, each of the 19 rooms is a piece of performance art. A different artist designed each room, and the one by Christopher Samuel isn’t meant for you to have a comfortable stay. It’s meant for your stay to be uncomfortable.
The bed is difficult to get onto and has barely enough space to squeeze around. The bathroom door doesn’t shut, and gets in the way when you reach for the toilet roll dispenser.
This may sound like a pretty typical TripAdvisor review.
But if you stay in the hotel bedroom created by Christopher Samuel, don’t rush to post a scathing review. He has actually designed it to be as annoying as possible (while remaining just about habitable).
“You probably wouldn’t spend more than a night in it in reality,” says Michael Trainor, creative director of the Art B&B in Blackpool. “I think the novelty would soon wear off.”
Samuel is one of 19 artists who have kitted out a room in the seaside B&B. And it’s hard not to chuckle at the fiendishness of Samuel’s adaptations every time you spot another deliberately awkward feature (the upside-down shower gel dispenser is a particular triumph of user-unfriendliness).
…In his room – titled Welcome Inn – the bed is surrounded by a 3ft lip, which you must scramble over every time you want to get in or out. The bathroom door doesn’t close because it hits the toilet, meaning there’s no privacy.
Staying in this room gives guests a sense for what it’s like traveling with “the access problems faced by many disabled people.” The artist’s inspiration is drawn from his own challenges spending three months living in an inaccessible hotel room.
A twin bunk room starts at £49 and an ocean suite runs £129. The seafront hotel is part lodging accommodation, part art gallery, and strikes me as a plausible idea for Hilton’s next brand for new affluents.