Monday, November 06, 2006

The Mini Bar Heats Up

For these past two days, I've been staying at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago. Let me just tell you...it's nice to go swank. This place is beautiful and nowhere have I eaten such a delicious $19.50 burger. (Yeah, I know you folks in NYC do it all the time.)

When traveling, I always like to settle into a hotel. The clothes get unpacked into the drawers. I set the radio to my favorite stations. And I totally check out the goods, both in the bathroom and for sale in the room.

For the record, the hotel has a nice assortment of Crabtree & Evelyn products that frankly, make me smell like my great aunts. The Intercon also has a fairly well stocked mini-bar.

I'm too cheap to eat from the mini bar, even when travaeling for work, but I love to see what they have to offer. In addition to soft drinks, liquor, a huge array of cookies and candy, you can also buy personal goods. Right in your room, they sell a tooth brush with tooth paste and razor & shaving cream. Plus, you can buy an intimacy kit.

Seriously.

They sell a kit that contains two condoms, two obstetrical towels (wtf are those?) and one package of lubricating jelly. Now, I'm all for convenience, but there seems to be a whole different need for the average Intercontinental traveler that I'm not aware of.

I mentioned my discovery to one of my co-workers. She just laughed.

"Don't you think most guys would have issues buying a condom from something called a mini bar?"

She has a point there.

4 Comments:

Blogger MCANDOU said...

That better be one darn good burger! I can't imagine a burger worth more than 19 Wendy's Junior Bacon Cheeseburgers.

8:28 PM  
Anonymous AdventureDad said...

I can imagining using the kit in case of an emergency. Seems a bit awkward though. I've got no problems with the 19.50 burger though. Anyone comparing a Wendy's burger to a real burger haven't tried a proper burger:-))

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4:19 AM  
Anonymous David said...

I've only come across that once in a pretty hip hotel in Milan and the condom came free along with the shampoo etc. But being pretty self-conscious I thought: well what's this going to say about me when the chambermaid comes to clean the room? Better to have scored than not, I thought, in a hip place like this, so I pocketed it and took it home with me.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Emily said...

I love the intercontinental in Chicago!! Did you go to the pool?

9:04 AM  

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