Last month, a hotel in Britain stirred up some controversy when it replaced the traditional bedside bible with a kindle. Well, the Damson Dene hotel near Windermere, Cumbria, is taking things a step further. The hotel is leaving a copy of the erotic novel “50 Shades Of Grey” in the bedside table instead of Gideon’s bible.
Hotel manager, Wayne Bartholomew told the Daily Mail:
“Fifty Shades of Grey is all that people are talking about at the moment, but I know that some are too shy to buy it for themselves…. I thought it would be a special treat for our guests to find it in their bedside cabinet and that includes the men.”
Bartholomew said that the Gideon Bible is full of “sex and violence” so people shouldn’t be too shocked at the contents of “50 Shades Of Grey.” He did add, however, that E.L. James’ steamy novel “is easier to read” than the bible.
And the Damson Dene Hotel isn’t the only hotel to use “50 Shades of Grey” to stir up business. The Hotel Max in Seattle is offering a “50 Shades Of Grey” package to let fans live out their erotic novel fantasies.
“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 novels by E.L James have become an overnight hit. “50 Shades of Grey,” “50 Shades Darker,” and “50 Shades Freed,” have sold close to 20 million copies in the United States, has generated close to $150,000 million, and will soon be turned into a movie.
Are you surprised at the novel’s enormous success? Would you be shocked to find E.L. James’ novel at your hotel instead of the bible?