Just in time for Halloween, the owners of the Black Monarch Hotel have revealed the Victor, Colorado, property’s newest room: Bela Lugosi’s Dracula, a hotel room themed around the icon and cult phenomenon.
“We are very proud to be working directly with the Lugosi Estate and are excited to highlight Bela Lugosi’s legacy at the Black Monarch,” says owner and designer Adam Zimmerli.
Born in Hungary, Lugosi’s early version of Dracula, which he created on the Broadway stage in 1927, perfected the dark shadowy figure walking among us that now perpetuates vampire lore. The new Black Monarch room will feature a floor-to-ceiling, 15-foot photorealistic mural of Bela Lugosi, as well as licensed Bela Lugosi as Dracula merchandise as decoration, prints of photos from the family archive, and a first-edition copy of the only family-authorized biography of Bela Lugosi as provided by Lynne Lugosi Sparks, Bela Lugosi’s granddaughter and CEO of LUGOSI LLC. The partnership between the Black Monarch and the Lugosi Estate also include plans for a collaborative merchandise line and a screening of the 1931 film Dracula hosted by Lugosi Sparks at the Black Monarch in 2021.
The Bela Lugosi room is part of an extensive list of renovations at the Black Monarch that includes a detailed painting of the elaborate exterior in a gothic motif, an exterior mural of Nicola Tesla by mural artist Chad Bolsinger, an atrium room, a restored antique claw foot bathtub, and more themed rooms.
Photo: Cait Falc