Travel Tips

50 Shades of Travel: Hotel Packages Inspired by Christian Grey

Locations in this article:  Portland, OR San Francisco, CA Seattle, WA

We knew it wouldn’t be long before the travel industry jumped on the Fifty Shades of Grey bandwagon. In  fact, a UK hotel has made waves by using the book to replace the Gideon Bible on hotel nightstands.  But that’s not all…find out the features–both tasteful and questionable–in Cully Schneider’s roundup of travel packages inspired by Christian Grey.

Fifty Shades of Grey hasn’t merely taken over the reading lists of millions of women and curious men; it’s now creating a craze in hotel travel. Pack your favorite (and most durable) tie and get ready for a look at the various Fifty Shades packages being offered by creative hotels and some of the actual hotels mentioned in the book.

The Edgewater Hotel’s “50 Shades of Romance” package in Seattle, Washington

The hotel may not be mentioned in the book, but it certainly deserves credit for its creative collection of adventures. First, guests stay in a deluxe room while sipping on Anastasia Steel’s favorite champagne, Bollinger Rose. Next they embark on a Puget Sound sailing trip and later enjoy a deluxe driving demo of an Audi sports car while exploring the various sites found in the book’s Seattle location. Packages start at $914. Click here for more information.

The Heathman Hotel’s “Charlie Tango No Limits” package in Portland, Oregon

For $2,750 the package offers a tour of Portland via helicopter, dinner for six at the hotel, white wine, roses and limo transportation to each adventure. If you’re looking for a more affordable add on, the hotel also offers the “Inner Goddess Addition,” including a grey tie and a bottle of pinot gris for $40. The package is not available on the hotel’s website, but you can call to book: 800-551-0011.

Hotel Max’s “50 Shades of Seattle” package in Seattle, Washington

Hotel Max’s $1,699 package takes you on a romantic two-night stay in their Artist King room. Outside the bedroom you can enjoy a  helicopter tour, town car service and gourmet picnic on the Puget Sound with their favorite 1999 Bollinger Rose included) enjoyed while sailing around Puget Sound. Offer available until September 30, 2012.

Personality Hotels “50 Shades of Women” package in San Francisco, California

Choose between three of San Francisco’s Personality Hotels — Hotel Union Square, Hotel Diva and Kensington Park Hotel — and upon arrival receive a black satin wrapped box filled with plenty of items to keep you occupied for the night. The box o’ fun provides you with enough amusement to enjoy the night solo or with your partner. The package starts at $369 and is currently only available online.

For some more conventional travel packages, check out:

By Cully Schneider for