Readers of Fifty Shades of Grey know exactly what we’re talking about when they hear the words The Heathman Hotel and Hotel Max. These are the hotels in Portland and Seattle where Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele had countless (well, you could count them, but why bother) romps that are invariably described as sizzling, steamy, saucy, sexy and/or smutty.
Well, now these hotels have decided to seize the marketing moment by packaging special Fifth Shades of Grey getaway weekends. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed by the media. CNN, for example, reported on the hotel offers in an unusually frank article last summer . First, though, CNN summarized the book it calls ” pure, unapologetic smut” in what has to be a classic paragraph:
Fifty Shades of Grey features two main characters: the young, awkward Anastasia Steele and the dark and brooding Christian Grey.
Steele is an innocent student, Grey an eccentric billionaire with a penchant for S&M. They meet under unlikely circumstances, then have lots and lots of sex in all sorts of different places. Some other stuff happens. The end.
But, back to the hotel experience. Here’s how Max Hotel describes its offering:
This package brings together all of the only-in-Seattle experiences in the bestselling Shades of Grey novels. Live out your fantasies with a two-night getaway in an Artist King room on the romantic 8th floor. During your stay, enjoy chauffeured town car service, a helicopter tour of the city and a private four-hour skippered sailing excursion on Puget Sound with gourmet picnic and a bottle of Bollinger Grande Année Rosé 1999 Champagne, a favorite of Mr. Grey himself.
The cost for this joyous weekend: $1,669, plus tax and tips.
Or, if your pocketbook is a little more flush, you can visit the stately old Heathman in Portland, always considered one of the city’s finest hotels. Here’s how CNN describes its package:
Having already read the book, we don’t need to tell you that this is where Grey and Steele enjoyed a few naughty moments, as well as Steele’s birthday party. In honor of Mr Grey’s chopper, The Heathman is offering a ‘Charlie Tango No Limits’ add-on package that includes appetizers and white wine at the hotel restaurant for six people, a helicopter tour of Portland, roses for the women, dinner at the hotel and limo transfers. The price of this one is US$2,750.The Heathman also has an “Inner Goddess” add-on for US$40, which includes a bottle of chilled white wine and a grey tie.
The hotel does not give any hints about what the weekenders can do with the grey tie, but CNN reported that “in response to The Heathman’s Facebook post announcing the add-ons, one lady remarked: ‘If only you could include Mr. Grey in your package. You would be sold-out forever.’”
For those of you unable to travel to Portland or Seattle for your Fifty Shades fix, People Magazine has an alternative that’s much more cost efficient. It has revealed the recipe for a gin-based cocktail developed by The Heathman Hotel bartender Brian Hilby. Here goes:
Fifty Shades of Gin
1 oz. gin (recipe suggests Nolet’s Gin) 3/4 oz. rhubarb puree* (Heathman restaurant pastry chef John Gayer creates his own)
3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
Lime wheel garnish
Directions: In a shaker, combine rhubarb puree, lime juice, simple syrup and gin. Add ice and shake well. Rinse a martini glass with cranberry bitters. Strain cocktail into glass and top with sparkling wine, either Cava or Prosecco. Garnish with lime wheel or twist.
*If you can’t find rhubarb puree, purchase fresh rhubarb at your local grocer or pick from your garden and add to the blender with 1/2 oz. simple syrup.
People says it’s “good for sipping while reading the erotic trilogy … or for sustaining your Christian Grey buzz once you’ve finished all three novels.”