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Hotel

Board Game
1974 (published)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Boxed board game, 'Hotel', consisting of a playing surface and numerous pieces required to play the game. The board is of printed laminated card, printed all over in shades of green and with a meandering white road divided into spaces. Across the board are cut-outs into which the hotel buildings are placed. Each hotel's space is indicated by its name: Lakeside, The Royale, Pasadena, Centrepoint Hotel, The Village, The Towers, Ritz and Auntie Flo's. Cut-out card pieces showing the hotels' grounds can be placed alongside the hotel spaces.

The hotels themselves are made up from varying numbers of three-dimensional cuboids, printed on their card sides with the hotel's name and architectural features such as windows and doors. Each is capped with a coloured plastic roof. There is also a building representing a Town Hall and Planning office, and a bank. Each hote has a set of printed card title deeds, with the hotel's name on the front, layout on the back, and purchase and rental information inside.

The game is played using car-shaped plastic tokens, one red, one blue, one yellow and one green. There is also paper money consisting of 15 £50 notes, 30 £100 notes, 15 £500 notes, 30 £1,000 notes and 15 £5,000 notes. There are 28 yellow plastic bars representing the entrances to the hotels. There are two six-sided dice: one standard and the other marked with 'yes', 'no' and other results.

The packaging consists of a box lid and base. The lid is printed on the top with an image of the hotels featured in the game. On the underside of the lid are printed the instructions.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Parts
This object consists of 40 parts.

  • Board Game
  • Counter
  • Counter
  • Counter
  • Counter
  • Cut Out
  • Cut Out
  • Cut Out
  • Cut Out
  • Cut Out
  • Cut Out
  • Cut Out
  • Cut Out
  • Hotel
  • Hotel
  • Office
  • Hotel
  • Hotel
  • Hotel
  • Hotel
  • Hotel
  • Bank
  • Hotel
  • Deeds
  • Deeds
  • Deeds
  • Deeds
  • Deeds
  • Deeds
  • Deeds
  • Deeds
  • Bank Notes
  • Bank Notes
  • Bank Notes
  • Bank Notes
  • Bank Notes
  • Entrances
  • Dice
  • Dice
  • Packaging
TitleHotel (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
Printed card and paper, plastic
Brief description
Board game, Hotel, made in England by Denys Fisher in the 1970s
Physical description
Boxed board game, 'Hotel', consisting of a playing surface and numerous pieces required to play the game. The board is of printed laminated card, printed all over in shades of green and with a meandering white road divided into spaces. Across the board are cut-outs into which the hotel buildings are placed. Each hotel's space is indicated by its name: Lakeside, The Royale, Pasadena, Centrepoint Hotel, The Village, The Towers, Ritz and Auntie Flo's. Cut-out card pieces showing the hotels' grounds can be placed alongside the hotel spaces.

The hotels themselves are made up from varying numbers of three-dimensional cuboids, printed on their card sides with the hotel's name and architectural features such as windows and doors. Each is capped with a coloured plastic roof. There is also a building representing a Town Hall and Planning office, and a bank. Each hote has a set of printed card title deeds, with the hotel's name on the front, layout on the back, and purchase and rental information inside.

The game is played using car-shaped plastic tokens, one red, one blue, one yellow and one green. There is also paper money consisting of 15 £50 notes, 30 £100 notes, 15 £500 notes, 30 £1,000 notes and 15 £5,000 notes. There are 28 yellow plastic bars representing the entrances to the hotels. There are two six-sided dice: one standard and the other marked with 'yes', 'no' and other results.

The packaging consists of a box lid and base. The lid is printed on the top with an image of the hotels featured in the game. On the underside of the lid are printed the instructions.
Production typeMass produced
Marks and inscriptions
  • 'Denys Fisher's / hotel T.M. / PAT. PEND. ©1974' (Printed on box lid)
  • Building a hotel will be the / realisation of a dream or the beginning of a nightmare... / Competition will be ruthless. / You will end up a millionaire or a pauper... / A 3-DIMENSIONAL BOARD GAME FOR 2-4 PLAYERS' (Printed on box lid below image of hotels)
Credit line
Given by Martin Edwardes
Production
There have been many versions of this game since it was first published. It is now known by the name 'Hotel Tycoon'.
Subject depicted
Collection
Accession number
B.74:1 to 40-2015

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Record createdJuly 27, 2017
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