Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Hotels Replace Bibles with 'Intimacy Kits'
Well, the latest trend in hotels evidently is removing Bibles from guest rooms, and replacing them, not with Korans or another 'spiritual' books, but with "intimacy kits" and "One Night Stand" packages, as well as "romance concierge" personnel, according to a new report in Newsweek, and reported by WorldNetDaily.
Roya Wolverson writes in the report, "Marriott spokesman John Wolf says the Bible question [whether to include them in guest rooms] is premature for the new boutique hotel venture, which he describes as 'cutting-edge,' 'more urban' and 'less values-oriented.' (huh? what is a 'less values-oriented' hotel?)
While there are no Bibles in the trendy rooms of the Soho Grand Hotel in Manhattan, there are iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs and company of a live complimentary goldfish. Lori DeBlois told Newsweek, adding Bibles to rooms would mean she "would have to take care of every guest's belief."
Edgier hotel chains provide 'intimacy kits' with condoms in the minibar, while New York's Mercer Hotel supplies a free condom in each bathroom. Neither hotel now has Bibles.
The Sofitel Hotel in Arizona offers ‘lovers' games, and 'One Night Stand' summer packages. Their 'romance concierge, Daniel Etenberg says, "Sofitel's brand is taking a new direction."
Newsweek reports the reason for the removal of the Bibles is due to increasing leisure travel and decreasing business travel.
Okay, hotels can do what they want...free enterprise...right? And what this is is just another example of the valueless trend happening culturally worldwide. But, can anyone out there help me connect the dots on the last line there? -- The reason for the removal of the Bibles is due to increasing leisure travel and decreasing business travel. Sounds more like an excuse than a valid reason to me.