The best hotels for sex
This charming little hotel might seem unassuming at first – good rates, free wifi, a confusing name – the whole shebang. But it has one special feature that makes it perfect for whirlwind romances: its day stay option. Check in at 10am and check out at 4pm. It’s likely available for photo shoots or to give hurried business folk somewhere to set up base for the day, but let’s not pretend you can’t find a much better use for it.
You know the Shangri-La. It’s the one in that big spikey building with the crazy views. The rooms themselves might not exactly be the most romantic around (think sleek rather than sexy), but the novelty of getting it on so high up that you'll receive an honorary membership to the Mile High Club is just too tempting to pass up. And check out the size of those windows! Sure, there’s exhibitionism, but this is something else.
The Rafayel makes the cut for one very particular, 550-square-foot reason: the Emperor Suite. That room comes not only with a glorious view of the Thames and a floor-to-ceiling window to enjoy it with, but also a Jacuzzi bathtub surrounded by mirrors. It’s not too difficult to figure out the intention there, is it?
Each and every room at the W oozes cool. From the decor to the lighting to the undeniably hip cocktail bar overlooking Leicester Square. There’s nowhere better to stay if you’re looking to impress. They’ve also got a ‘Whatever/Whenever’ concierge service that prides itself on how far it’ll go to satisfy the demands of guests. Always worth looking into.
Book in at Sanctum's Junior Suite for a bit of slinky disco sexiness. There are mirrors just about everywhere, so you can admire your beautiful selves from many angles, and the bath tub, which is right by the bed, is uplit, abutted by a mirrored column and flanked by a voyeuristic shimmering silver curtain. Serious fun is the name of the game here. Elsewhere, there’s a rooftop bar and another room (Junior Deluxe) with big round bed.
If hotting things up in front of the fire weren't so alluring, it wouldn't have become one of the ultimate romantic activities. Which is all well and good if you happen to have a working fireplace at home, but if you don't, you're going to need a hotel room with such an amenity. These may be in short supply, but they're out there, you just have to track them down. Look no further than The Marylebone, which has private fireplaces in its Terrace Suites. As the name suggests, these also come with wood-pannelled terraces offering unparalleled views across the city.
The charming little boutique at 11 Cadogan Gardens will bring a sort of decadent je ne sais quoi to your night of passion. According to the hotel, each room has a different purpose – to charm, to lavish, attract, to indulge or, in the case of the Signature Suites, to relax. We can’t say much for the relaxation aspect, but can guarantee you’ll have never done the deed in a room quite like the opulent, antiques-laden, £1k/night Sloane Suite.
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