May 8, 2013

swanky digs

Blogger's Note: During my travels the past few years, I had the opportunity to visit various booked-related hot spots. Originally posted on my now-defunct blog, Lit Adventures, this is one of my Literary Adventures. Enjoy.

Look how swanky that hotel entrance is? Can't you just
imagine Christian Grey tossing his car keys to a deliriously
happy valet in the middle of the night before taking Ana
into a luxury suite to make sweet, passionate love all
night and again after breakfast? Yeah. Me, too.

Before visiting Seattle, thoughts of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel made me weak in the knees remembering the sexy interludes between Christian Grey and Ana Steele during E L James Fifty Shades Darker.

Fans will recall, Christian and Ana flee Escala, his luxury apartment in the middle of the night after a close call with a stalking suicidal ex-sub to stay at the swanky hotel in downtown Seattle. There, the two proceed to do what they do best: get sexy. It's also the first of many times they "make love" in the books, but because that phrase makes me seriously uncomfortable, I try to push that part out of my thoughts.

While in Seattle, I decided to check out a few of the Fifty sites, and after seeing the Fairmont Olympic, my thoughts went in a different direction. Namely: Why the hell did Taylor put Christian and Ana in a hotel a few blocks away from where they lived?

It's a five-minute walk from Escala and the hotel, which I was appreciative of as someone who had parked her car for the day to explore, but as a normal person I can't help but think it was a waste. A waste of time, driving north on I-5 to lose the ex-sub. A waste of money to pay a valet to park your car, when it's so close. And a waste of hiding, unless you subscribe to the "hiding in plain sight" rule of thumbs.

I know Christian makes a bunch of dough, but he also hates waste, and that seems wasteful. But I suppose he values Ana's safety more, so who am I to judge. And frankly, what's wrong with me that I have spent so much of my time, and this blog post, analyzing this?

Maybe all of the other hotels in Seattle were booked. Ana didn't bring this up with Taylor or Christian, so I guess we'll never know. Taylor is nothing if not a pro, so who am I to judge him?

All that aside, staying at the Fairmont Olympic was definitely out of my price range at more than $300 a night for a room, but making a quick walk by was worth the time. Like Escala, it is mere blocks away from Pike Place Market, a must visit if you are in Seattle. It, along with the other buildings in the downtown area, isn't hard on the eyes.

During my walk, I passed through a nice little park and even saw what must be the offices for On another trip, maybe they'll let me stop by so I can thank the staff for their hard work keeping me fed (and blogging for Reading in the Kitchen). 

After checking out the Fairmont Olympic website, it's clearly a nice place to stay and might be worth the dough if you have it to spend, like Mr. Grey. But, if you're an aspiring author like me, I'd suggest staying across Lake Washington in one of the suburbs and driving into town early and walking by.

And, after looking at the website and drooling in envy, I can understand why Mr. Taylor booked his boss a room there. I'm sure he would get no complaints from the super picky Mr. Grey. I know I wouldn't be whining about having to take sanctuary there for a night.

Who knows? Maybe I'll become the next E L James, and I'll be able to take out a Cascade-suite like room for myself?

Book Reviews
Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades Darker
Fifty Shades Freed

Reading in the Kitchen Recipes
Pan-Seared Pacific Cod with Asparagus Dipped in Hollandaise Sauce and Sauteed Potatoes from Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker
Ana's Spanish Omelet from Fifty Shades Darker
Poached Salmon and Sour Cream Dip Salad from Fifty Shades Darker
Christian's Birthday Cake from Fifty Shades Darker
Carrick Grey's Lemondrop Martini from Fifty Shades Darker

Related Links
City of Seattle
Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Pike Place Market
Port of Seattle 
Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau

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