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"Fifty Shades of Grey" Most Likely to Be Left at Hotels, Survey Finds

Aaron Davidson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hotels may be creating packages around the novel Fifty Shades of Grey to attract visitors, but turns out visitors are leaving their copies behind when they check out of hotels.  Could they be worried about being seen with the book and want to ditch it as soon as they’re done reading?

Maybe.  More than any other book, Fifty Shades of Grey was left behind at Travelodge U.K. properties, according to the hotel chain’s annual survey of books left behind.  But more likely, the book is just so immensely popular that there are more copies making their way into hotel rooms in the first place.

According to Travelodge, 7,000 copies of E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey were left behind.  That’s nearly one-third of the total 21,786 books left behind in 36,500 Travelodge hotel rooms.

The other two books in the trilogy -- Fifty Shades Freed and Fifty Shades Darker -- also made the top 10 of books left behind.  Stieg Larsson’s trilogy that began with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is also very popular with travelers.

What else was left behind in the last year?  An elderly couple left behind not one, but a bag full of Karma Sutra books.  Hotels in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Liverpool reported the most e-readers left behind. And a CEO who is a regular guest left his collection of comic books.

Here are the rest of the top 10 books left behind in the Travelodge U.K. survey:

2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
3. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest, by Stieg Larsson
4. Fifty Shades Freed, by E.L. James
5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
6. The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson
7. Fifty Shades Darker, by E.L. James
8. Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins
9. Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins
10. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

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Hotels Cash In on "Fifty Shades" Craze

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When a new craze sweeps the nation, you can bet the travel industry will try to figure out a way to cash in.

The Fifty Shades of Grey novel, which ABC News reports earns author E.L. James nearly $200,000 per day, has spawned a trio of hotel packages ready for your inner Anastasia Steele to book.

At Portland’s Heathman Hotel, where characters Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele have a few steamy moments, there are two add-on packages available. The “Inner Goddess Addition” costs just $40, but only includes a bottle of Pinot Gris.

However, the $2,750 “Charlie Tango No Limits” package includes far more:  Appetizers and white wine at the hotel restaurant for six people, a helicopter tour of the city, roses for the ladies in the party, dinner at the hotel and limo transfers.

Hints for non-fans: Steele is constantly talking with her inner goddess, Grey has a helicopter named “Charlie Tango,” and the couple drinks Pinot Gris.

Both packages are add-ons and room rates apply; no word about any restraints or other sexual accoutrements as explored in the bondage celebrating book.

In Seattle, where the majority of the book takes place, the Hotel Max offers the “Fifty Shades of Seattle” package which includes a two-night stay for two in an Artist King room on Hotel Max’s eighth floor, where the hallways are decorated with “The Making of a Date,” which according to the hotel is “a series of alluring, larger-than-life photos by Seattle photographer Amy Mullen that are sure to set the mood for love,” a 30-minute helicopter ride with Seattle Helitours and chauffeured luxury town car to take you there and back.

Fifty Shades of Seattle package rates begin at $1,669, plus tax and room assignments on the eighth floor are based on availability. The two-night package is available through Sept. 30, 2012 and must be booked at least seven days in advance. To book, call 866-986-8087 or visit

Three of the women-owned boutique Personality Hotels offer a ”Fifty Shades of Women” package that include accommodations in San Francisco’s Union Square at the Hotel Diva, Hotel Union Square or Kensington Park. The package comes with an intimacy kit, the details of which you can read about on the hotels’ website.

Rates start at $369 per night, excluding tax and based upon availability. For reservations, call 800.553.1900 or visit

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