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Monday
Jul022012

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 hotelmaxseattle.com.

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 personalityhotels.com.

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