‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Inspired Hotel Shut Down In Spain Over Sadomasochism Concerns

Fifty Shades of Grey Author E.L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" book series. Photo taken by Mike Mozart/JeepersMedia on May 7, 2014.  Flickr/CreativeCommons

A hotel where guests can let out their inner Christian Grey has been temporarily shut down in Spain following a local church’s complaints regarding its “sadomasochist” practices. According to a report from E! News, the Roissy Castle in Vilafranca, Spain, originally set to open its doors on Aug. 1, was recently forced to halt its grand opening by government officials.

“With the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ phenomenon in full swing, I saw a business opportunity that hadn’t been exploited yet in Spain,” the hotel owner, who preferred to remain anonymous, told The Local of his controversial business venture.

The Roissy Castle, originally the L’Om del Llosar hotel, has 20 rooms and four dungeons intended for BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism and masochism) use. The hotel has now become a source of contention with a church located near the establishment.

“Dozens of people come every day to visit the village's patron saint,” reads the town council’s complaint, which labeled the hotel, an “unsuitable” fit for the town's 2,500 residents.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Vilafranca mayor Oscar Tena has since filed the legal paperwork necessary to halt the hotel’s launch, claiming the business owner, who opened a restaurant on site earlier this season, lacked proper business licenses.

“It’s abuse of office,” the hotel owner said of Tena’s decision, adding that the controversy of the hotel’s practices only recently became an issue after a local site ran a piece on his plans for the “sadomasochist” establishment.  “I’ve spoken to my lawyer and we’re going to sue the town hall.”

While “Fifty Shades of Grey” fans may have to hold off on their trip to the Roissy Castle, they can count on the film adaptation of E.L. James’ best-selling novel hitting theaters this Valentine’s Day. The film will star Jamie Dornan (“The Fall”) and Dakota Johnson (“The Social Network”) as sadistic billionaire, Christian Grey, and his virginal lover, Anastasia Steele.

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