A Los Angeles Crime Story
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Venue: Stash House
Website: Stash House
Stash House is brilliant. Easily one of my top 3 escape rooms ever. Here is the plot taken directly from their website.
You arrive at a nondescript black door with a green light…
You knock. The door slowly swings open and you’re invited in…
Welcome to Stash House
Your group has been invited to a seemingly-normal Koreatown apartment owned by a local entrepreneur to discuss a business opportunity.
Shortly after arriving, you discover the apartment belongs to Ray Jones, notorious Los Angeles drug kingpin, and that Ray has a test in store for you: find all the drugs hidden in the space and flush them before the cops arrive or face the consequences.
Stash House is by far the best produced escape room I have experienced. This is not an over the top theme. It is much more grounded in realism with hints of classic LA noire updated to modern times. The escape room is in Koreatown and there are no signs in front of the building. There is a green door with a single light shining on it. You walk into the room and it looks like a regular studio apartment that has been decorated by a 30 something year old single bachelor. Posters of Tupac, and Scarface (the movie) line the walls along with hip hop album covers from the 90s.
We sit down and go over the rules and sign the waiver. A video starts playing and before I know it, the game has started and the apartment is the escape room. The music playing in the background only adds to the experience. If this was not an escape room, I would love to live here.
The story at Stash House really gets you into the room. There are so many layers to this story and as you begin pulling each layer back, you get deeper into the story. The great production and sound effects make you feel like this is something you have to finish. The video played in the beginning is a lot better than a real person trying to tell us the introduction.
There are a lot of puzzles at the Stash House so it would be better to bring as many people as you can. The puzzles are a good combination of tech and classic lock and combos. I thought the puzzles were very well done. They are not extremely difficult but they can be challenging. A lot of creativity and thought went into the puzzles and they all fit within the theme very well.
Our host Don is the best. He is also one of the owners and you can tell that he is very passionate about the work he has done at Stash House. He showed us around the extra space and gave us a lot of information about the room.
This is one of the best escape experiences I have had and a strong candidate for my favorite escape room. The Stash House is different from most escape rooms. It strays away from current trending escape room themes and it stays closer to the ground with this real life Los Angeles crime story.
Final Score: 10/10