Escape Artist’s Starlight Motel Creep Experience

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If being stuck in a dingy, roach-infested motel room with your family and trying to escape is your idea of a fun night, then definitely head on over to Escape Artist in Greenville. It’s actually a lot of fun, especially when Starlight Motel Night Manager, Lou, joins your group and you find out that more than just a few people have been missing from this fine establishment. 

This review is from 2019, and has been updated with 2023 pricing and information.

Creepy scene

The elaborate, and extraordinarily creative, escape room adventure of the Starlight Motel was dreamed up and executed by husband and wife owners Will & Kim. The lengths they and their team have gone through to provide guests with a one-of-a-kind experience is pretty amazing. Escape Artist is a must-do date night, team-building outing, girls’ night, or just a unique adventure for friends looking to have a memorable time. 

A few of us at Kidding Around had done an awesome escape room at Escape Artist last year and have been dying to go back because we had so much fun. So when we got the chance to do the Starlight Motel, the newest room at Escape Artist, it was only a matter of coordinating schedules and trying not to psyche ourselves out for what we imagined would not only be fun, but a bit scary and creepy. 

It didn’t disappoint! Thankfully no one peed their pants. We did have a couple screams and let’s just say no one wanted the black light to be turned on in the Honeymoon Suite at the Starlight Motel. This escape room is offered year round at Escape Artist, which also has a 10-minute elevator puppet-themed escape room as well as a mad scientist adventure and others you can see here.

You have an hour to figure out all the clues and escape the room.

Tickets range from $35 to $55 depending on the number of people in your party.

Kidding Around Team Member Reviews of Starlight Motel

Here’s what we thought about the Starlight Motel escape room adventure.

“I’m a wimp when it comes to scary things so I was nervous going into the escape room but once inside and trying to put together the different clues and puzzles, I was hooked. The background music, dim lights, cackling ghost noises, and Lou, the night manager, were so thoughtful that it turns off everything else in your mind and allows you to really enjoy the moment and the people you are with. I’d do another adventure at Escape Artist in a heartbeat.”

“This was my first experience in an escape room, so I had no idea what to expect. I absolutely loved it. I was afraid the puzzles would be too hard for us to solve and we’d be lost to the outside forever. The puzzles were tricky, but not so hard that you become discouraged. Luckily you have Lou there to “help.” I must say, he was my favorite part of the escape room. I love interactive experiences where I can try to trip up the actors with my interactions. Lou was a worthy opponent and made the escape room all that much more fun. If you love puzzles, mysteries and fun – Escape Room is a must-do for you and your friends and family. This would also be a great team-building exercise for your office. I can’t wait to go back and experience the other rooms. We beat the Starlight Motel Escape Room with just 13 seconds to spare. Now that I know (I think) what to expect, I want to try and improve that time in other rooms!”

“Starlight Motel wasn’t just my favorite escape room experience so far, but I also would put it on my personal list of “the best things to do in Greenville” for adults (and teens). When we arrived, we learned that the Starlight Motel actually has an actor in the room (Lou, the night hotelkeeper). Instead of asking a video camera for clues when we were stuck, we had to talk to Lou and convince him to help us. This required us to jump right into the story and act alongside Lou. Starlight Motel truly immersed you in the story. We may have screamed a couple times and had a bonding moment hiding behind a curtain but the memory that remains is the laughter that lasted long after we ran out with our lives.”

“My heart was racing before we even got in the door. We had heard excellent reviews about Starlight Motel and the experience did not disappoint! It is a unique outing indeed when you are laughing, screaming, your heart is racing, and your brain is working in overdrive to solve mysteries…all at the same time. I will say it was one of my favorite experiences I’ve had so far in Greenville (as a new transplant from NYC!), and it is a must-do for a date night with girlfriends or a double-date with your significant other. I would also recommend this experience for businesses who need fun, team-bonding activities outside of the office, as you really must rely on one another to escape. I was lucky enough to go on this scary journey with my fabulous friends & colleagues on the Kidding Around team and have my (very willing) boyfriend join along who LOVES puzzles, and even at one point, had to don a disguise to help us solve a mystery! The atmosphere of our team solving these mysteries together, within the context of this CREEPY hotel room set, complete with a live actor (Lou, the night hotel manager), was both hilarious, fun, and strangely…heartwarming?! We were going to escape together, by hook or by crook. We hear that the (brilliant) Escape Artist owners Will & Kim are currently concocting a Holiday escape room, and we can’t wait to come back.”

Escape Artist Greenville
209 E. Stone Avenue, Greenville

See our review of Escape Artist Greenville’s other attractions!

About the Author
Bethany Winston is the owner and editor-in-chief of Kidding Around Greenville & Kidding Around Spartanburg. She enjoys exploring parks, discovering local events, and meeting the people who make Greenville an amazing place to live. You can contact her directly at

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