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‘El bent for Leather: Spanish S&M hotel ordered to be delayed

Torture sign.

Coming soon to a Hotel near you.

Dahlings, I LOL’d after reading  about  a S&M hotel in Spain being delayed by local opposition. From the Telegraph:

The hotel, due to include 20 S&M-themed rooms and a dungeon, was preparing to open last week in a village of 2,500 residents in Valencia, but was prevented from doing so after the mayor of “quiet” Vilafranca, complained.

Set to be called Roissy Castle, the hotel was the brainchild of a local businessman who said he wanted to capitalise on the bestseller’s popularity, according to the Spanish expat newspaper The Local.

“With the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon in full swing, I saw a business opportunity that hadn’t been exploited yet in Spain,” he told the newspaper.

One of the reasons for the opposition, is that it is near a church.

Since Spain is such a conservative country based on conservative Catholic principles, I understand their opposition.

Can you imagine the embarrassment if the local Bishop needed to conduct a Spanish Inquisition and ended up with fur lined handcuffs instead?

Ciao for now, Cleo.

Checking out Checking in : 10 secrets from behind the front desk

We regularly see articles giving Travel advice. Usually it is a puff piece to fill up screen space that claims some ‘secret’ in there, but are not really.

But every now and again, we come across ones we like. Here is one such article posted in neatorama on hotels.

In particular we noted the dislike of customers who use discount bookers such as Expedia. We use their sister site, Hotels.com for our leisure travel.

We have noticed a few instances, of where the hotel front desk has commented that if you call them, they will match the price of hotels.com.The problem with that is that they cannot match the rewards system of essentially a  10% discount that is portable across hotel brands. If you want me not to use hotels.com, give me a better incentive. We’ve yet to find one.

After checking in, in some instances we’ve ended up with what we seemed to be the crappiest room located the furthest away of the hotel.

So it goes. You get what you pay for. We’ve yet to be “walked” by using our bookers but this will explain it.