You know a book’s part of the cultural milieu when even the hotels get in on the action! It looks like hotels in the Pacific Northwest (and especially in Seattle and Portland) are getting in on the Fifty Shades of Grey action.
If you’re a fan of E.L. James’ erotic romance trilogy, you’ll know that most of the action takes place in either Portland or Seattle, and you might want to make either of those two cities your next destination for a romantic (and possibly kinky) weekend getaway. According to an article in Time magazine, there are a number of hotels in Portland and Seattle offering vacation packages that will allow you to re-enact the romance between billionaire industrialist Christian Grey and shy student Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey.
The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle has a comprehensive and, frankly very romantic, offer. The “Fifty Shades of Romance” package includes a deluxe room, a bottle of Ana’s favorite champagne (Bollinger Rose of course!), a sail around the Puget Sound, and an opportunity to drive Christian’s favorite car (an Audi, if you’ll recall). There’s even a tour of all the attractions and places mentioned in the book. And just in case your own copy of the book is too dog-earred, the hotel even has a complimentary copy of the book for you. It’s a great way to remember the stay.
Over in Portland where Ana went to college, and where Christian and Ana shared many magic moments, couples can stay at the Heathman Hotel. It’s the very place where Christian has his photo shoot, and Christian and Ana meet multiple times. The hotel is even offering a package that allows you to re-create Ana’s birthday dinner. There’s also a helicopter tour (sadly not in Charlie Tango, and certainly not piloted by Christian), roses, and the use of a limo on offer.
Back over in Seattle, Hotel Max also offers a “Fifty Shades of Seattle” package. It’s two nights’ stay at the hotel, more of Ana’s favorite Bollinger Rose, the use of a luxury town car, and a ride in a helicopter. (To be honest, I’d much rather have a little helium balloon of Charlie Tango, but I’m sure others will love the idea of seeing Seattle from the sky.)
While these hotels have got the “romance” covered, couples who want a bit more of the BDSM kinkery will have to bring their own grey ties. Failing which, they might want to consider a short getaway at one of the boutique hotels in the Personality Hotels chain. The chain is offering a “Fifty Shades of Women” package, which will include a “sexy black box”. This mysterious black box contains, among other things, a feather (not for dusting!) and some black satin scarves for hours of entertainment.
So what are you waiting for? Book your next weekend getaway and re-enact your very own Fifty Shades of Grey fantasies this weekend!