Kentucky hotel unveils retro room inspired by The Queen's Gambit
The 21c Museum Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky unveiled its 1960s retro room inspired by The Queen’s Gambit on Wednesday – which is booking reservations for fans and chess enthusiasts alike.
The Harmon room has a chessboard art installation over the bed mimicking the drug-induced visions that orphan-turned-chess prodigy Beth Harmon (Isla Johnston) has in the runaway hit Netflix show.
Lexington happens to be Beth’s hometown, and the room includes a guide to area landmarks featured in the seven-episode series based on Lexington native Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel.
The boutique hotel room’s mid-century modern furniture and accessories were selected by interior designer Isabel Ladd, preservationist Lucy Jones, and Alex K Mason of Ferrick Mason Inc.
‘I have been collecting furniture from that era for the last three decades,’ said Jones.
‘It is pure joy to bring to life the rich scenes from the page and screen.’
Ladd added: ‘When I watched The Queen’s Gambit, I would stop and rewind just mesmerized with all the color and pattern play.’
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The time capsule echoed the many luxurious hotels that Beth (Anya Taylor-Joy) and her enterprising adoptive mother Alma Wheatley (Marielle Heller) stayed in for chess tournaments.
For a limited time only, guests can play on the locally made chess set and gaze at the custom chess-themed wallpaper dubbed The Knight’s Gambit in the ‘immersive experience.’
Meanwhile, Union Station in Los Angeles has also set up a massive chess art installation in the ticket concourse, which can be viewed through January 11.
An eye-popping 62M Netflix member accounts streamed creators Scott Frank and Allan Scott’s critically-acclaimed coming-of-age show between October 23 and November 20.
US Goliath Games saw chess sales skyrocket 1,048% in November, and Chess.com added 3.2M members after The Queen’s Gambit debut.
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