And The First NYC Hotel On Board With Gay Marriage Is...
Now that same-sex marriages are a reality in New York, local business owners are ready to start cashing in on the fun. Including Mayor Bloomberg himself. According to this New York Daily News piece, hotels, restaurants, and major tourism destinations will all benefit from gay couples who choose to make NYC their "little white chapel".
Ready to start planning? Here's one hotel that is eager to help you tie the knot. The fairy godmothers at W New York Hotels (these include W New York Downtown, W Union Square, W New York, and W Times Square) know all about making people look good—so in addition to frilly accommodations, they also want you to wed in style (think pressed suits, shoe shines, and dress steaming). And did we mention the possibility of a free honeymoon in Vieques, Puerto Rico?
The full "Right To Unite" package includes:
· Car service to and from City Hall
· A flipcam
· Champagne and a "custom wedding cake"
· A suite at one of the W New York properties (hopefully one with a decent view)
As if that weren't enough, anyone who books their ceremony at the W New York or W Union Square gets two free nights at the W Vieques—which kind of makes sense, considering this location was used for a recent gay and lesbian film festival. And who knows? With that complimentary flipcam, you and your other half may attempt a "short film" of your very own.
If an island honeymoon is your thing, another option is the Kura Hulanda Resorts, which is offering $200 dinner vouchers and free room upgrades to couples who book a four-night stay. Rates start at $160 per night at the hotel, and $140 per night at the lodge.