World's first burner hotel thriving in Reno

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Updated: 9/01 6:40 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- There are hotels. Then, there's the first burner hotel in the world. Many are calling the new Morris Burner Hotel in downtown Reno, "Burning Man, without the dust."

On the corner of Fourth and Record street, the Morris Burner hotel sits like a diamond in the rough. In just a year, it has gone from a run-down, smelly, eye-sore to an artists’ haven, while transforming the neighborhood around it.

"It smelled so, so bad. There was 85 years of smoke up the doors. It was brown," said owner Jungle Jim Gibson.

Gibson was a CEO at a microchip company. He retired in 2008, the same year he went to Burning Man for the first time. "[I] went from that corporate thing to Burning Man. I fell in love with the Burning Man culture."

It is that culture in which the hotel is thriving. Principals like leave no trace, inclusion and participation are the rules, including a strict no-drug policy. Everyone pitches in.

"Jungle Jim, he let us borrow these hats," said Catrin Griffiths from London. "And we were pretending to be lobby people. Actually, We weren't pretending. We were like, greeting people, and signing them in!"

And what is a Burner’s hotel without the art? Each room has a theme. From the southwest, to princess pony, and a nod to Alice in Wonderland, down the rabbit hole.

"I was in love with it the first time I walked in the door," said Bruce Anderson of Santa Barbara. "Its lots of weird things, art projects, very burner-esque A little strange."

After international visitors leave, the Morris Burner will remain as a resource for Reno as an event and cultural center, a hotel and a home for artists.

"I like to think of this place as Burning man without the dust. It's really a lot of fun," quips Anderson.

There will be a membership at the hotel for burners, but visitors are welcome to participate in events and art projects in Reno. To learn more about the Morris Burner Hotel, click here.
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LesterB - 9/2/2014 3:04 PM
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Its a great idea, and seems to be working. That part of E.Fourth St. needs a healthy enterprise along it. Then more will follow.

kdavis52 - 9/2/2014 12:05 PM
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Oops. The website hiccuped!!

kdavis52 - 9/2/2014 12:03 PM
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To each his own Paladin. Myself, I am not into ANY type of religion so Burning Man doesn't bother me. I respect ALL religions but do not participate. The burner hotel is a great idea as it stands.

kdavis52 - 9/2/2014 12:03 PM
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To each his own Paladin. Myself, I am not into ANY type of religion so Burning Man doesn't bother me. I respect ALL religions but do not participate. The burner hotel is a great idea as it stands.

Paladin - 9/2/2014 9:54 AM
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Its more than a "Burning man culture" it is a religion. From their little "man" symbol they have on their cars and now necklaces and jewelry just like wearing a Christian cross or Jewish star of David. They bow down and chant to the man as it burns just like the pagan religions of 2000+ years ago. Unfortunately this is very wiccan too, and the whole devil worship aspect of it offends me. I truly wish it had never come to Nevada. You can't be a practicing Christian or Jew or Muslim and have ANYTHING to do with this idolatry worship. If you do you are fooling yourself, but you're not fooling God.

sybersnot - 9/2/2014 8:04 AM
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Sounds like a great idea.
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