Who Took The "Sexy" Out Of The Hotel Stay?
Why are hotels so unsexy today? They didn't used to be. In search of romantic couples, or at least couples seeking a sexy stay, hotels promoted “intimacy kits” in their mini bars just a few years ago.
The Thompson Hotel in New York still stocks its mini bars with condoms, cinnamon mints, scented cloths, personal lubricants and feather ticklers for libidinous couples. But a spokesperson cooly downplayed their availability by telling me they don’t promote the kits anymore, at least not the way they used to. “They’re just there for the clients' use, if they want to use them," she said.
These "intimacy kits" were once big come-ons when things were looking just a bit rosier, and hotels promoted "sexy stays" for couples looking for romance, intimacy or maybe even a little raunch during their hotel getaways.
But I've read that economic stress can take the heat out of romance. The unemployed are just not that frisky, it seems. So when I called The James hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, which once promoted their intimacy kits as “anticipating the needs of our clients," I was told the hotel closed!
And the Sagamore Hotel in Miami once offered a “Shag Bag,” with Pinnacle horny goat weed (“a natural aphrodisiac”), colored condoms and an assortment of lubrication and massage oils. But here, too, I was told again cooly, “these sorts of things no longer exist.”
Is it the economy, or have we become more prudish?
In its list of top ten web sites, Entrepreneur Magazine described Mr. and Mrs. Smith of mr.andmrs.smith.com as “a young English couple dedicated to finding good 'sneak-away places for clandestine lovers.'” But besides being a 1941 Hitchcock film (and one starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) the eponymous web site just lists classy boutique hotels with no hint of sexual innuendo.Continued on the next page