Only in Japan, Real Men Go to a Hotel With Virtual Girlfriends:
Dating-Simulation Game a Last Resort For Honeymoon Town and Its Lonely Guests. "Some devoted fans will go so far as to pay twice the rate—most hotels in Japan charge per guest not per room—to indulge the fantasy that they are not there alone. A night's stay, at most, can cost $500 though many rooms are cheaper.
In Atami, the Love Plus+ fans—mostly men in their twenties and thirties—stand out. Unlike the deeply tanned beach crowd wearing very little, they are often pasty and overdressed for the heat in heavy jeans and button-down shirts." [more inside]
posted by Fizz
on Sep 5, 2010 -
, the world's first luxury dog hotel, located in Freising, north of Munich, Germany. It opened for preview on December 9, 2008, and is to be opened to the public from December 15, 2008. The hotel can accommodate up to fourty-five dogs in nine heated dog lodges, with trained dogsitters offering full services including grooming, training, health care and exercise, twenty-four seven. Day care costs 65 euros, while an overnight stay costs 80 euros. The 20 trained dogsitters offer a seven-day, 24-hour full service for all guests. Check out these images
posted by Fizz
on Dec 26, 2008 -
It's Friday night, and us workaday schlubs deserve to fantasize about “an unconventional and extraordinary getaway
,” don't we? Do you fancy an overnight stay in a 1968 decommissioned Coast Guard Sikorsky, pithily dubbed the Hotelicopter
? Or maybe in the Treehouse, 35 feet off the ground and with a full bar?
is a 113-acre resort in Connecticut's Litchfield Hills; dotting the grounds are eighteen cottages in whimsical themes.
Like, an artist's studio, complete with blank canvas, watercolors and oils, just in case inspiration strikes. And a tomb-like structure named "The Secret Society" -- an homage to Yale's Skull and Bones temple (most of the 14 architects that designed the hotel's cottages are Yale alums).
Win Smith Jr., the former Merrill Lynch exec
and owner of Vermont ski spot Sugarbush
, built the resort on his family's property to save it from becoming a high-rise development. No shortage
of luxury-travel reviewers
are salivating over Smith's "experiential retreat," just opened this spring.
A daily rate starting at $1450 includes the continental breakfast nook, full breakfast, lunch, picnics, spa snacks, afternoon tea, cocktails, dinner, and after dinner petit-fours. The main building is a restored 1775 colonial with a cigar-and-brandy lounge, art gallery, and 130-variety wine cellar... and also boasts an appropriately gothic backstory
. Who needs to pay the rent, anyway?
posted by pineapple
on Apr 27, 2007 -
is a little ski resort about twenty minutes up the road from me... it's quiet during the winter, and a great date in the summer ...and aside from it's eponymous (and off-site) film festival, who would have guessed that it was so famous
? Do you have any local favorites in your neck of the woods... places that are surprising local hotspots (a la "a prophet in his own country")?
posted by silusGROK
on Aug 28, 2001 -