What makes a great escape room?

The escape room craze started just a couple of years ago, yet every major metropolitan area is now abundant in options. The same applies to our nation’s capital, but weeding out the best from the rest is not an easy task, especially for first time visitors! In this month’s blog article we to look at the most important factors, or here’s what makes a great escape room, according to Insomnia Escape Room D.C.

A great idea

First and foremost, almost everything thinks that coming up with a great escape room idea is easy. There are numerous escape room game mechanics that can help with the puzzle aspect of setting up a room, as now escape’s fantastic write-up demonstrates, but you can have the best puzzles set up, if the core concept is boring, no one will come! And escape game veterans can also tell you this: sometimes the “worst” escape rooms perform the best, just because they have a great theme behind it. The trick is to find a balance here.

Passion for design

At Insomnia we believe that the heart of any escape room experience lies in the design of the room. By design we mean game mechanics, props, sets, everything really. The goal to achieve here is to provide a completely fun and immersive experience for the visitor, making him or her forget how quickly that 60 minutes can run by! At Hidden Trail Escape Room, the folks believe that story is the first step of designing an escape game. We can agree to that, maybe adding a step zero: figuring out how we want our customer to feel in our new escape room!

One size fits all

Escape rooms are perfect for friends, co-workers, families, parties, birthday events, and the list goes on. Most of our visitors, however, rarely need an occasion to check out Insomnia Escape Room, in fact, we see that more and more people are checking out real life escape games just for the fun of it, oh and yes, to challenge themselves time after time with new puzzles!

After all, everyone likes a good puzzle! Check out or selection of escapes rooms and book now for an immersive and massively fun experience!


The Alchemist 360 Remote Escape Room

2+ players

60 min

The Alchemist Virtual escape room

Dungeon Things

Level 8 (medium)

2-10 players

60 minutes

The Mafia

Room Escape Gangsters and Bootleggers

Level 7 (medium)

2-9 players

60 minutes

Mafia Escape Room DC

The Alchemist

Level 9 (medium to advanced)

2-8 players

60 minutes

Escape Room DC - The Alchemist


Level 6 (beginners to medium, tech savvy)

2-8 players

60 minutes

Virtual Reality Escape Room

The Patient

Level 10 (medium to advanced)

2-9 players

60 min

Detective Thriller Escape Room

Virtual Reality Escape Rooms

Levels 5-10

2-4 players

60 minutes

VR Escape Room

Escape The Lost Pyramid VR Escape Game

Level 7 (medium)

2 or 4 players

60 minutes

Insomnia Escape Room Gift Cards

Any game

60 minutes

Escape Room Gift Xard