Since Halloween is coming, we thought that instead of giving you ideas of what to wear, we could help you immerse in a completely fictional universe. The good thing is that you don’t need any special qualifications to enter the Harry Potter universe. If you’ve been waiting a day too much for your letter to Hogwarts, it’s time to visit it without any special invitation. From muggles to top wizards, anybody can enjoy (at least) a weekend in a Harry Potter themed hotel. The Georgian House Hotel, as it is named, is an over 150 years old establishment which now replicates the wonderful experience you’ve been waiting for.
It’s very easy to get to the hotel. Being located in the center of London, it’s near the bus, tube or train stations and all links run to nearby Victoria. From post offices to banks or restaurants, there’s nothing you won’t find here at need. The easiest way from Victoria Station is to take the Buckingham Palace Road and walk towards Victoria Coach Station – although it’s not the shortest route, it’s easily reachable for the tourists. Parking on the streets before 6.30 a.m. and after 8.30 p.m. is free, as well as from Friday to Monday Morning.
Alohomora, fancy rooms of Gryffindor
The rooms are supplied with trunks, potion bottles, spell books and cauldrons – to make the experience intact. The price to live the wizard life for a night is £249 ($400) or £ 363 ($585) in case you wish to take the studio tour. The typical English breakfast (no pumpkin juice!) is also included in the price of this four-star hotel.
From DVD Players for the children to the history of magic, everything about this place inspires a family reunion. There are Teddy bears and Duplos for the kids to never get bored, and the two Wizard Chambers are designed to welcome families. Despite of the impeccable service (including washing the Teddy bears and polishing the potion bottles), the managers keep having the surprise that many of the visitors here are young couples instead of families with children – partly because there’s a nostalgia the Harry Potter generation lives for their childhood, they explain.
This crazy fantasy can be experienced right in the center of London, where the Georgian House Hotel has thought of everything, from the Goth-looking rooms to the phantoms. There’s no Nearly Headless Nick or Moaning Myrtle; however, from 1989 to 1991 there have been some series of haunting experiences that the travelers remember to have lived.
The haunting episodes happened frequently since then (1998, 2007, 2008) but nobody remembers to have heard of them before 1989. Unusual things are sometime s heard or felt in the building, as both travelers and members of the staff report. However, if you’re not afraid of these kinds of experiences, it may be time you visited Hogwarts.
Besides the genuine witchcraft experience you’re going to have, the extra £114 you’ll pay for the studio tour is going to offer you an entire package of this fantastic unvierse – the walking tour of central London, where all the landmarks from the popular series are and a trip to the Warner Bros Studio for the Making of Harry Potter Tour.