'Fifty Shades of Grey'-Inspired Hotel Plans on Hold; Too Close to Chapel, Say Town Officials
Plans for a Fifty Shades of Grey-inspired erotic hotel are on hold in Vilafranca, Spain, after town officials said it is located too close to a chapel, according to a local report.
The Roissy Castle, named after a chateau in the 1954 erotic novel The Story of O, was set to open Friday with 20 rooms and four dungeons where guests can take part in BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism and masochism) activities.
The owner, who is remaining anonymous, has touted the hotel as a place where guests can "enjoy games, flaunt themselves and share experiences with other visitors," according to Spanish website The Local. A bar and restaurant were opened on the site earlier this summer.
"With the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon in full swing, I saw a business opportunity that hadn't been exploited yet in Spain," the owner said.
But the town council is saying the hotel is too close to a chapel "where dozens of people come every day to visit the village's patron saint." Vilafranca mayor Oscar Tena has reportedly filed paperwork to put a stop to the launch, claiming that the owner doesn't have a hotel and restaurant license needed to run it in the town of 2,500 residents.
For his part, the entrepreneur argues the timing of the filing is suspect.
"It wasn't until just a few days ago that one of Vilafranca's online dailies ran a piece on our plans to open the sadomasochist hotel, and this huge uproar began," he said.
The news comes following the release of the first trailer for the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the best-selling EL James novel. It racked up a stunning 36.4 million YouTube views in the first few days, notching the best opening week for any trailer this year.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson star as troubled billionaire Christian Grey and naive college student Anastasia Steele, respectively, in the Universal Pictures/Focus Features movie, which hits theaters Feb. 13.