McMenamins invited me this past weekend to explore the interior of their new Crystal Hotel, the swank project built on the site of what used to be an infamous gay bathhouse. The hotel is slated to open in June.
The only part of the building that hasn't been gutted is the bedrooms—three floors of 17 rooms have been repainted, refloored, and rewired. Each room is also themed after a band that has played at the Crystal Ballroom. Lyrics from Flogging Molly, Sonic Youth, Blondie, and the Avett Brothers, for example, run across the walls of second-floor rooms, each of with is replete with a giant, painted bed headboard inspired by their songs. The best rooms in the house are definitely Sleater Kinney and Modest Mouse, which scored corner digs with big bay windows looking out over downtown.
Check out photos of the band-inspired headboards below the cut!
Not all the band-themed headboards are in the building yet. Here's all the ones I saw:
Flogging Molly, Drunken Lullaby:
Gang of Four, At Home He’s A Tourist
Nick Cave, Night of the Lotus Eaters
White Stripes, Rag and Bone is stored for now in the bathroom