Inside a Sex Hotel: New York City’s Liberty Inn

by Rachel on April 26, 2012

Liberty Inn Suite

The "Romantic Lighting" was all set when we arrived to our suite.

This is the second part in a series exploring the seedy world of by-the-hour sex hotels. We previously visited the Kew Motor Inn

When my fellow reporter and I walked up to the Liberty Inn, I was practically in disbelief. I had passed the sordid hotel, set a on veritable island of sorts along 14th street and the West Side Highway, on a near daily basis during my runs along the Hudson River. How could I not have known — for the past several years now — that alongside the Meatpacking District’s row of overpriced shops was an hourly hotel clearly designed for those looking to get laid?


I stifled a laugh with my fellow reporter Zach when we walked in — it was pretty embarrassing to ask for the Romantic Interlude suite with a colleague. Much like the other hotels we visited, the “front desk” was protected by a sheath of incredibly thick, probably bulletproof glass. As I handed the attendant my credit card to shell out $120 for three hours in a souped up room complete with Jacuzzi, he asked me for the “required” three dollars in cash. Maybe to stick down a stripper’s G-string? Who knows.

As Zach and I carefully tiptoed our way back to our assigned room, we passed some lovely vending machines, stocked with the essentials one would need for, well, a romantic interlude of sorts. I was initially hoping for a Diet Coke, but instead there were lube, condoms and batteries. When we reached the door, we turned our room key (which came fully equipped with a bottle opener) with trepidation — and opened the door into a 1970s soft core porn set.


“Romantic lighting” was already turned on for us, and it was a neon green that bounced off the glittering, blue headboard. But the headboard was pretty cool; it kind of reminded me of Todd Oldham in the 90s. But the similarities ended there.


One of the many glued-on ash trays in the suite.


There were about sixteen million ashtrays glued onto various surfaces, and the stench of stale cigarette smoke was so thick even I, a former smoker a seven years, nearly choked. Sexy, right? Thankfully, the hotel offers up a choice selection of music and television, including free porn, and radio stations like “Hot Jamz” (you can practically hear the babymaking going on in the background). And even though you were totally probably thinking of stealing one of the room’s remote controls, you can’t — sucker! The smart folks behind the Liberty Inn actually have tethered the remotes to the walls and velcroed ‘em to the tables so that even taking the batteries out of one becomes an arduous task. (Trust me, I tried when our camera flash ran out of them.)

Porn on TV

See that little black box? It's not the kind you find on airplanes. And check out that chick's O-face.

But my favorite in-room feature might have been the very special “Exercise Pad” available to guests. It’s a triangle-shaped mat that lifts ones hips for deeper penetration (yes, I researched that), subtly tucked away in a black storage ottoman. The attached note let guests know that it “maximizes the performance of some of your favorite exercises,” and most importantly, that it is cleaned by the maids after each use. I mean, I feel really bad for those housekeepers. Gross. Needless to say, we couldn’t muster up the courage to actually inspect said pillow. Shivers.

During our investigation, I realized I spaced on eating breakfast and thought I was in luck — if you can believe it, the Liberty Inn actually has a room service menu. Of course, cocktails and dishes’ names all have overt sexual connotations: the Fuzzy Screw, the Get Laid, and a little surprisingly, the Obama Pick Up, to name a few. But unfortunately, my tummy could not be stopped from rumbling, as room service wasn’t served till later in the afternoon. (I think our choice of settling on a sandwich from Chelsea Market was a far better idea, in retrospect.)


Stained Chair

This was the only stain we could find. Impressive!

But the Liberty Inn, and for all its sexual cheesiness, does have one thing going for it — it’s surprisingly clean. When Zach and I carefully inspected the bedspread with our handy-dandy black light, we were unable to spot a single stain of any kind. You go, housekeepers! But, we can’t say as much for the rest of the room — the tub looked like it could use a good bleaching (and like it hadn’t been used since 1979) and we found a questionable spot on one of the room’s chairs. I guess getting freaky at the Liberty Inn isn’t just reserved for the bed?

As for the rest of the bathroom, well, let’s just say we didn’t pay much mind to it. Was def not going to use that toilet, even though I totally had to pee. And as far as the hot tub, well, the instructions were so complicated I should have brought one of our computer engineers along instead of said reporter. I did use the bathroom (and its embarrassingly small toiletries), though, to viciously scrub my hands clean till they practically bled.

And still left laughing, somehow.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Vaylon Kenadell May 1, 2012 at 11:27 am

Sounds like a fun time to me. These types of hotels are pretty common in Japan. I don’t see why the Liberty Inn should be such a novelty; frankly, I wish they weren’t. Try heaping your self-righteous indignation and cynical derision on something that deserves it, instead of on people and places who are honest enough to admit that humans have biological urges — and that those urges are okay.

meredith May 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Vaylon you sound like a dick

Jerry F May 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Dear Mr. Kenadell,
Unless you happen to be married those urges are NOT ok. Need I remind you “THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY”

Charlotte Fontenot May 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm

it is the nicest rooms I have seen for a three hour Hotel or (NO TELL MOTEL)!!!!! Sounds like it is kept very clean!! But the best thing is that when you have places like this; it keeps down the number of rape crimes. Consenting adults need a place to have a good romp! Some Women have problems & Some Men have problems. Usually they want to keep their spouse & home together but have physical needs that have to be met. Thank you for letting us look. By the way you have great color schemes!!!!!!!!!!

Charltte R. Fontenot May 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Excellent presented rooms! The room schemes are warm & inviting.Looks like everything one would need a jacuzzi to boot! You need to open more even if they were as nice as these but places like this are needed!!!!! Their are families that don not wish to break up. They have sexual needs that are not being met. Both Men & Women can have these problems & this is the perfect solution. you not only have great color schemes with ahomey Princess Style.They looked well kept.

Jim May 1, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Hell yes sounds great if they also serve gals for you at $123.00 per hour, they would have to have a damn good choice of them

Becky L May 2, 2012 at 6:06 am

Basic bit of maths can solve this. Supply and DEMAND. There is no point sticking ones head in the sand and pretending that there is no demand for these hotels.

I have worked in a premier inn and people used it for the exact same reason as in this article. I personally have not used a hotel for this purpose, and I am in a faithful relationship, but I hand-on-heart am not bothered what other people do in their own time. No one has the right to judge others on these matters.

This hotel meets the needs of the people who use it. If it wasn’t “natural” or “right” then they wouldn’t make any money and go out of business.

I agree with Vaylon.

Anita May 2, 2012 at 6:54 am

This hotel room is probably cleaner than most hotels you’ll see (I’ve seen some horrible looking bathrooms in some non sexy hotels) so just stop being so hysterical. People have sex in hotels, end of.

Paul May 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Some of act so surprised that this exist and look down upon it. Nothing bad about it. In fact it was one of the cleanest hotels for this price I’ve seen. Aside from the fact the rooms without a jacuzzi are even less at $60. Also it’s not just for people cheating on their spouses. It’s a great rendezvous for couples or if you just happen to be in the area and get the urge for some fun. It’s just sex people a basic biological function.

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