Hot enough for you?
We’ve heard of room service that offers in-room shabu-shabu cooking, hotels that offer rental dogs to guests, and concierges who can find almost literally anything for patrons (regardless of legality) in quick order. But human bed warmers, currently in use at London Kensington Holiday Inn, bring a whole new level of delightful, bizarre intimacy to hospitality.
Described by a spokesman as, “Like having a giant hot water bottle in your bed,” the service offers guests the option to have a member of the staff climb into your sheet and snuggle down until the bed reaches a toasty 24C° (that’s 75° Fahrenheit to all you Yankees out there). Naturally, the assigned bed warmer comes wrapped in a freshly cleaned Snuggie-like, head-to-toe “sleeper suit” so as to keep your linens clean. The process itself only takes five minutes, just the perfect amount of time to enjoy a little small talk with your living electric blanket before you start running out of things to say and suddenly you’re in a foreign room alone with a stranger wiggling under your covers — a situation that could create a whole different kind of shiver.
“‘Human Bed Warming’ Service Launched In UK” [Sky News]