Not in the Contract: Airbnb Listing for 50 Shades of Grey Apartment Violated Terms
Photo from the Airbnb listing. (Courtesy: Airbnb)
It turns out that the fantasy of spending a weekend in the real-life home of Christian Grey is just that – a fantasy.
Just days after an Airbnb listing was posted for a one-bedroom condo at the famous “50 Shades of Grey” luxury complex in Seattle, it was taken down for violating the building’s ownership agreement. The sales office for Escala confirmed to Yahoo Travel that short-term rentals are not allowed in the building, meaning we won’t see a repeat of the listing.
The downtown apartment had been listed on Airbnb UK, and its owner advertised it as “the sexiest building in the city,” going for 169 British pounds per night, or $257 U.S., with a three-night minimum stay.
The listing coincided with the upcoming February 15 release of the 50 Shades of Grey movie, based on the novel trilogy by E.L. James. Escala has always been private and not open to visitors, though that hasn't stopped countless lovers of the books from trying to go in and even book a room.
I visited a friend at Escala in August 2014 and described his experience living in an unintentional tourist attraction." Read the story below.
No Red Room, but there were red chairs at this apartment in the so-called 50 Shades of Grey building. (Photo: Greg Keraghosian)
You wouldn’t call the Space Needle asking about their weekend room rates, but I know a guy who lives in another famous Seattle building that – thanks to a certain movie trailer based on a certain popular novel about kinky sex – is once again turning away tourists mistaking it for a hotel.
His name isn’t Christian Grey, though at least one stranger on the street has called him that.
Even if you don’t know what the upscale Escala apartments are, you know what made them an unintended tourist attraction. Without even visiting the brand-new complex, E.L. James used it as the centerpiece of her 2012 novel, 50 Shades of Grey, which was the first in a trilogy.
50 Shades fangirls have been lining up for pictures in front of this sign. (Photo: Greg Keraghosian)