Hotels are primed for romance. Dimly lit bars and lounges, spas where you can indulge your senses, spacious rooms with big fluffy beds and room service only a phone call away… But there’s a new way that hotels are catering to couples who seek something a little more risqué. They’re stepping up their minibar game with an item you might not expect – an intimacy kit.
What is an intimacy kit, you ask? Think anything designed to make a night with your significant (or insignificant) other that much spicier. From condoms to kink, these kits are a surefire way to heat up your hotel experience. So, whether you forgot to pack your own toys before takeoff or you’re gearing up for “Fifty Shades Darker,” there’s no time like the present to explore the sexier side of the hotel minibar.
While The Drake Hotel in Toronto is thought to have pioneered this type of offering (with a pleasure menu of curated items from local sex shop Come As You Are), more and more hotels are adding this sexy amenity to their rooms…
Hotel Pelirocco, BrightonBook a room
Hotel Pelirocco – “England’s most rock ’n’ roll hotel” – is a boutique accommodation with a sexy twist. Close to the seafront and within walking distance to the town’s centre, this Brighton hotel is an entertaining destination in its own right. Every aspect of your stay, from the rich colours and textures of the 19 individually themed rooms, to in-room massages and boudoir photo shoot opportunities, exudes sex appeal. As does the range of available intimacy kits. Plural. Hotel Pelirocco offers a menu of options from Koibito. The six “love hampers” range in price from £25 – £250 and are all named after songs. Think “Like a Virgin,” “Sexy MF” and “Slave to Love” among others. Pictured is the “Easy Does It,” which includes massage oil, lubricant, a mini vibrator, condoms, a feather tickler and a sexy origami game and costs £24 (CA $39.25). Order during booking and your choice of kit(s) will be in your room upon arrival, or order from reception if the mood strikes during your stay.
Hotel Max, SeattleBook a room
If you’re a fan of the “Fifty Shades” books, Seattle may be just the destination for you to get in touch with your inner Christian Grey. And Hotel Max, with its in-room Crosley Record players and daily complimentary craft beer happy hour, is certainly a grown-up place to play, especially if you opt to try the Bunnyjuice Lovekits. With kits for him (wildhare) and her (wildbunny) that include condoms, lubricant and a male massager for him or mini-vibrator for her, Hotel Max makes it easy and discreet for anyone to spice up a stay in Seattle. Hotel guests can purchase the intimacy kits from their in-room honor bar menu for US $20 each.
Hotel Gotham, ManchesterBook a room
Housed in a converted bank from the 1930s, Hotel Gotham has an opulent art deco vibe. While all rooms offer king-size beds or bigger, for an XXXL getaway, consider booking an “Inner Sanctum Suite” to be treated to an “Emperor”-size bed and leather-covered walls. Hotel guests are welcome to duck into Brass, an exclusive rooftop sanctuary where you can sip on signature cocktails, or enjoy dinner at Honey, where waiters don bowler hats and bow ties, upping the 1930s style factor. Later, dip into your hotel minibar, where you’ll find the hotel’s intimacy kit, which includes two condoms, lubricant, a couple’s vibrating ring and a mini vibrator for £15.
Hotel Adlon Kempinski, BerlinBook a room
At Berlin’s Hotel Adlon Kempinski, couples can relax, unwind and rejuvenate in the hotel’s luxury spa. Enjoy a massage or splurge on a private spa suite where you can choose “The Duo” package for a couple’s massage with personal in-suite facilities to enjoy before and after your treatment. Later, enjoy a cocktail or two and some dinner at one of the hotel’s many decadent restaurant and bar experiences. From the cool, posh atmosphere of the Felix Club to the rich, laid-back charm of Sra Bua Bar, there are plenty of places to duck away for a romantic dinner. Once you return to your room, you can take advantage of the hotel’s intimacy kit, available for around €25 euros. It includes a mini vibrator and vibrating ring (both come with batteries), three condoms and lubricant for both men and women.
The Bryant Park Hotel, New York CityBook a room
Looking for a stylish and romantic New York City getaway? The Bryant Park Hotel offers sleek, edgy romance. Nosh on sushi at Koi or have a night cap in the gothic Cellar Bar, but plan to call it an early night as entertainment awaits back in your room. Bryant Park Hotel offers two intimacy kits in the minibars of all their rooms. The first is a basic kit, which includes two condoms and a packet of lubricant, and costs only US $6. Or splurge on their Pleasure Chest “Intimix Kit,” which includes a treasure trove of erotic goodies in a discreet metal tin. For US $45, you’ll get a blindfold, silky hand ties, a one-ounce bottle of lubricant, two condoms, a feather tickler and a mini vibrator (battery included). Want to up the romance factor even more? The hotel offers a “Beyond Expectations” package, which includes overnight accommodations complete with silk rose petals on the bed, a “kinky kit” (with bondage tape, feather tickler, blindfold and rubber whip), 2 p.m. late checkout and free parking (Friday/Saturday only).
Absalon Hotel, CopenhagenBook a room
Located in the centre of Copenhagen’s lively Vesterboro neighbourhood, Absalon Hotel is close to shops, bars and galleries. Rent a bike from reception and explore the city like a local before returning to a warm and welcoming respite where couples can find romance in luxe guestrooms decked in rich purples. Take advantage of their “Valentine Timeout” package, which includes petit fours, sparkling wine, a breakfast buffet and the hotel’s “Love Bag,” an intimacy kit that contains two condoms, lubricant, massage oil, a vibrating ring, a tickler and a blindfold. The kit can also be purchased individually for DKK 150 prior to arrival via email or by contacting the hotel directly.
The Library Hotel, New York CityBook a room
Nothing makes reading sexier than the Library Hotel. With each floor corresponding to categories of the Dewey Decimal System, and each room exploring a topic within that category (including a collection of books), no two stays at the Library will be the same. Book the Erotic Literature room or the Love room for an especially romantic stay, or, regardless of room, purchase the Erotica package, which includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, a dozen red roses, an assortment of fresh Belgian chocolates, a Kama Sutra illustrated pocket guide and the 7 SINS OF LOVE pleasure kit. The kit includes “The naughty game of New York” board game, one condom, a vibrating ring, feather-covered cuffs, a garter, lubricant and a 1.4-ounce jar of La Chambre aux Confiture raspberry and champagne jam. The package can be purchased online, over the phone or through email when booking, or through the front desk. The whole package is US $175 plus tax and can’t be purchased a la carte.
Hotel Palomar, San DiegoBook a room
Downtown San Diego has a lot to offer, including Hotel Palomar. Enjoy city views and a cocktail at the SummerSalt Pooldeck and infinity pool or indulge in a little pampering in the 510-square metre luxury spa. Since in-room spa services are also available, you can also take advantage of alone time with “A Lazy Lover” package and enjoy 30 per cent off a spa service, as well as Valentine’s Day staples – rose petals, champagne, chocolates, a teddy bear and, of course, an intimacy kit. The kit is also sold separately from the package, and can be found in each room available for purchase daily for US $25.
Mama Shelter, LyonBook a room
Mama Shelter may be one of the coolest hotels out there – modern and lively, colourful and sexy. While there are locations in six cities around the world, its hotel in Lyon, France, is one of a kind. An in-room iMac offers free movies on demand as well as access to AirPlay, Skype and a video or photo booth – perfect, since guestrooms include fun, cartoon masks of characters from Batman to Tweety Bird. Also setting this hotel apart is the “Sexy Mama Box.” The box costs €39 and contains two sexy dice games, a feather duster, three condoms, foam lubricant, a vibrating ring and massage oil. You can order the box on the hotel’s website, as well as in display cases at reception (confirm prior to your stay, as they are popular).
Andaz, San DiegoBook a room
A boutique hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego, Andaz is modern, sleek and sexy. For an ultra-romantic getaway, book an “Andaz Large King” room, which boasts glass-enclosed showers in the centre of the room. Enjoy a handcrafted cocktail and city views at the recently remodeled rooftop bar, the Rooftop by STK, before heading back to your room. There you’ll find a minibar filled with snacks and beverages (many are complimentary) as well as a “Tryst Mini Lover’s Kit.” It costs US $12 and includes two condoms, personal lubricant, mints and a feather tickler.
Mondrian Hotel, Los AngelesBook a room
Does it get more romantic than a nightcap on a rooftop deck surrounded by flickering lanterns and twinkling panoramic views of Hollywood? At the Mondrian Hotel in the West Hollywood neighbourhood of Los Angeles, it does. After you take in the rooftop scene, head back to your lush guestroom with rainfall shower, down bedding and floor-to-ceiling windows for can’t-miss views. Of course, you may be inclined to look away and search for the hotel’s intimacy kit. Available in the minibar for US $35, it includes two condoms, a vibrating ring, mini vibrator and personal lubricant. For privacy, it’s listed only as “minibar” on your hotel bill.
Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, CanadaBook a room
If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway with your S.O., the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria, British Columbia, may be just the thing. With in-room spa treatments, including couple’s massages, and farm-to-table dining and local vintage wines with a waterfront view, romance is key. Throughout February, take advantage of the Inn’s many romantic specials, including the “Naughty Romance” package, which includes a bottle of The Velvet Devil merlot, a rose-petal covered bed, breakfast delivery, late check out and an “Indulgences Pocket Pleasure” intimacy kit by Jimmyjane, which contains a feather tickler, a mini vibrator, two condoms, lubricant and a love decoder game. The intimacy kit is only available as part of the package, but the hotel’s “Month of Love” celebration also features love quotes placed on guest room pillows, a signature “Love Potion” cocktail and a “Love Board” in the hotel lobby, where guests can post their own love notes.
While intimacy kits are one way to heat up a Valentine’s Day getaway, there are plenty of others. What are your go-to tips for a romantic hotel stay? Share with us in the comments.
Photos by Lauren Lombard and Miles Holder