After a long day on the road, many people just want to go back to their room, flop into a comfy chair or on to their bed, and rest their weary bodies. What a relief to have some quiet time! However, for those checking into “love hotels,” resting weary bodies may not be at the fore of their thoughts, for the focus of these palaces of short term privacy is love, or more specifically, one of the embodiments of love.
What theme are you in the mood for?
Be it conspicuous consummation, delightful dalliances, or just a romantic rekindling, there’s a love hotel waiting for you. Importantly, you must decide on your theme. There’s classic fairy tale (think along the lines of a naughty Cinderella’s Castle), Christmas (Ho! Ho! Ho!), and oh so many more themes, but perhaps tonight you would be interested in the sophistication of Hotel Manhattan? As Frank Sinatra often crooned, if you can make there, you can make it anywhere! The Manhattan features many hallmarks of the love hotel genre, including lowered lighting levels to assist with surreptitious arrivals and departures, the partially occluded garage entrance to shield patrons from the prying eyes of passer-bys , and an pedestrian entrance that allows for quick ducking in from the street.
Perhaps something a little more colorful?
Yes, Hotel New Line, has just the right vibe. A little flash – well, ok, a TON of Neon, and why not? – but she still boasts a vague air of appropriateness attributable to the building being painted white. Though it is hard to discern from the (naturally) dimmed exterior, there are actually two entrances, with one being on each side of the well-lit hotel pricing plan signs at street level. This design allows for you to enter or exit separately from your fleeting, and perhaps fleeing, other half.
You had me at the pink neon, but how much will it cost?
Love hotels in prime areas such as Osaka’s Umeda can easily run 4,000 JPY (33 USD) and race upwards during peak periods for a mere hour of loving, but just across the river in Juso, savvy Love Hotel patrons (“Lovers”?) can find a bonanza of bargains. Hotel New Line, for example, offers not an hour, but a downright leisurely ninety minutes, for only 1,980 JPY (16 USD). Tax, alas, is assessed on top of that.
Find a room that’s just right
Within a given love hotel, there are often a variety of room styles to choose from. Maybe you’d like a big bath tub, or lots of mirrors. Or not many mirrors. Once you find a room that meets your requirements, just push the button (only lit rooms are available – the others are mid-loving), and head on up. You pay post-coitus, with overage charges assessed should you exceed that initial time period.
I’ll take the one with the round bed
Rooms at love hotels are generally very spacious, and emphasize frolic and frivolity. Round beds are always sure to turn things around, and shower areas large enough for not just two, but even three! After all, most love hotels are not very judgmental on exactly how you choose to love.
Around the world in ninety minutes
Easy as sin, love hotels dot the Japanese landscape, offering convenience at a wallet-friendly price point. Find your theme, choose a room, get down to loving, clean up and go! Just keep your eye on the time.
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