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4 Hotels That Take the Games Room to the Next Level

Add some play to your stay.

Hotels with game rooms; Hotel Zetta, San Francisco

1. Hotel Zetta

San Francisco
Entering the lobby of this South of Market spot, you can't miss the two-storey-tall Plinko game on the wall. Head upstairs to the Playroom, release a soccer ball from the balcony and watch where your fortune lands. Then, find a free sofa and nestle down with a childhood game like Connect Four.
55 5th St., 415-543-8555

2. Sofu Hotel

To escape the capital's bustle, sneak past the cheerful parrot greeting guests in the lobby and break for a game of pool or – more in keeping with the locale – mah-jong in the relaxing checkerboard-floored hotel lounge. On the terrace overlooking Huguosi Hutong, the centuries-old enclave of narrow pedestrian streets bursting with snack shops, pull up a chair and play "I spy" watching the passersby.
85 Huguosi St., Xicheng, 86-10-8328-9818

3. The Ampersand Hotel

In the games room of this South Kensington hotel, even the decor – zigzag lamps, a striking black Ping-Pong table, vibrant green upholstery – conspires for fun. Sip a Porta del Paradiso, the vodka, prosecco and passion fruit concoction from the downstairs bar, while perusing the games wall, which sports hand-painted Giant Tower Dominoes from 200-year-old game company Jaques of London and curios like robot figurines.
10 Harrington Rd., 44-20-7589-5895

4. Drake Devonshire Inn

Wellington, Ontario
Located on the north shore of Lake Ontario in Prince Edward County, this boutique hotel (masquerading as a snug country inn) proves the games room belongs in broad daylight and not the basement. The Glass Box, a sun-drenched sanctuary with floor-to-ceiling windows that usher in the outdoors, boasts antique backgammon tables and cosy vintage armchairs for playing an unapologetic game of Sorry! over morning coffee.
24 Wharf St., 613-399-3338



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