Hotel Offers ’50 Shades of Grey’ Promotion: Handcuffs, Paddles, & Whips, Oh My!

Photo by: Jens Kalaene/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
Photo by: Jens Kalaene/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Ever wanted to live out your favorite scenes from the bestseller, Fifty Shades of Grey?

A chain of hotels in the San Francisco Bay Area is bringing that fantasy to life for hotel guests through a $150 add-on service called “50 Shades of Women.”

One package deal, which comes in a “discreet” black box, is fully endowed with “a Lilly Fringe Whip, Feel Me Bondaids handcuffs, Madame’s Mystique paddle, a silky sash restraint, Art of Lust Condoms and Wicked Aqua Lubricant.”

“Take notes because Christian and Anastasia are hitting the big screen,” the hotel said, via TheWrap, of Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson’s on-screen characters.

The package was offered in 2012 when the book became wildly popular, but this time around, it has been subtitled “Come Again.”

Moving on to the features that are a little more impersonal: an exclusive “Fifty Shades” wine range will also be offered by the hotel.

The vino, “White Silk” and “Red Satin,” was reportedly tested by the experts at Vanity Fair.

“‘This wine tastes like pain. I’d rather be flogged than have to drink this again,’ said Grant Reynolds, wine director at New York restaurant Charlie Bird.”

According to Crown Group Hospitality’s Jess Levine, the white wine is a “careless blend” which does not pass the “blindfold-and-shackle test.”

Wine director of Pearl & Ash Patrick Cappiello offered similarly harsh critiques. “There were some leathery notes like wet saddle leather. It’s very musky; it felt very masculine. I don’t know if that was the idea or not, maybe that’s what they were trying to do,” he said.

There you have it: room service with whips, handcuffs, and wine that tastes like leather.

Fifty Shades of Grey makes it theatrical debut on Feb. 13, 2015.


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