And The Award for The Most Smart-Alecky Adults Only Hotel Goes To…

by SharonKurheg

I love establishments that don’t take themselves too seriously. The places that might be a little quirky and show a little sense of fun or a decent amount of cheekiness. A perfect example of this is that when the Moxy Times Square first opened in NYC, they had a “naughty” miniature golf course on their rooftop. The golf course closed during Covid, and the space was later reimagined. But for the first 3 years they apparently had all sorts of “adult” topiaries as part of the mini golf theming (their website suggests that the topiaries are still there, as part of the decor of their Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge, even if the mini golf isn’t – which would make sense; they were probably custom made and cost a fortune LOL).

a page of a bookVirgin Voyages is another good example. I can’t think of another company whose partial owner – a billionaire knighted by Queen Elizabeth, no less – would be “all in” to dress up like King Triton and pose for photos like these just before one of their cruises.

a group of people posing for a photoThe social media presence of a lot of travel companies also tends to be on the cheeky side. MCO (many airports, actually). Ryanair. Hostelworld. Between genuine information about their respective brands, they tend to throw in a little joking around, sometimes a little side-eye and snark, and usually a good sense of fun.

Not just social media

But it admittedly takes a special person or team to constantly be “on brand” for social media posts several times per week, never mind per day. So sometimes you might find something that’s just “a flash in the pan” or “one-off” that shows you they’ve got a sense of humor, even if they don’t push it every single day on TikTok, Instagram, etc.

Case in point, The Domain Hotel and Spa, located in Manama, Bahrain. From Tripadvisor:

The Domain Hotel & Spa is a one-of-a-kind hotel which boasts phenomenal interiors, immaculate views, and relaxing atmospheres — providing a seamless blend of luxury and comfort. Guests will enjoy cityscape views while staying in one of the many modern suites or while sipping a cocktail at the sky lounge atop the 36th floor. Centrally located in the heart of the business district, this spectacular hotel sits in a wonderful location putting guests in close proximity to the International Airport, National Museum, luxury shopping malls, and Manama’s bustling restaurant scene. Complete with stunning skyline views, contemporary interiors, and lavish amenities, guestrooms at The Domain Hotel & Spa leave guests feeling both relaxed and rejuvenated. With 81 ultra-modern suites and 50 rooms, which range in size from 30 to 260 square meters. The rooms have stunning skyline views of Manama, as well as contemporary interiors and lavish amenities. The Domain also features a two-floor, cutting-edge urban spa and fitness club, infinity pool and a myriad of highly original restaurants ranging from authentic Japanese, Mediterranean grill to a steakhouse offering the finest quality home-aged beef.

The hotel is ranked #27 of 154 hotels in the area. It generally gets good reviews and wins awards from Forbes, Tripadvisor, etc.

a silver plaque with a gold ribbonThe amenities they offer appear to be modern and plentiful, with 50-inch flatscreen TVs with satellite channels, blackout curtains, iPad, Free Wi-Fi throughout the resort, etc. They also offer a variety of rooms, including ocean view, city view, smoking and non-smoking rooms, suites and family rooms.

Now that last one, “family rooms,” is slightly odd, since the hotel advertises itself as adult only. In fact, the first thing on their website says that they only accept patrons over the age of 16.a cityscape with a skyscraper

Here’s the funny part

And here’s where the humor comes in. The information about the hotel is roughly the same all over the internet. However, on Expedia (and apparently ONLY Expedia, from what I can tell), someone apparently decided to be something of a wise @$$ and have a little bit of fun when it came to their rules about it being adult-only:

a screenshot of a credit cardDid you catch that?

Children and extra beds
Children 16 and younger are not allowed at this property from January to December; the rest of the year they are welcome
I have no idea who wrote it or if it was even approved before it went on there, but whoever put up that little bit of tomfoolery gets my two thumbs up!

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