No Heart-Shaped Jacuzzis for Couples at the Frog Hotel

Travel Blog  •  Joanna Kakissis  •  03.24.09 | 3:34 PM ET

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Because even amphibians need a place to get away from it all. The Frog Hotel in Edinburgh is more like the Bates hotel in “Psycho” than some smooth-lovin’ honeymoon inn soundtracked by Barry White, said Robert Henderson, Scottish coordinator for the Community Service Volunteers’ Action Earth campaign. But dark, dirt-scented ambience, complete with a compost cafe full of bugs and and a tiny ramp leading to a sleeping area, is just what gets frogs in the mood to schmooze.

Henderson’s group is encouraging people to put Frog Hotels in their gardens and yards in the hopes of preserving biodiversity in urban areas. It could work out really well for the frogs unless one of the hotels ends up next to a chef fond of cuisses de grenouille.



Joanna Kakissis's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post, among other publications. A contributor to the World Hum blog, she's currently a Ted Scripps fellow in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

1 Comment for No Heart-Shaped Jacuzzis for Couples at the Frog Hotel

Tom 03.27.09 | 7:41 AM ET

Woooot? Frog hotel? I wonder what will these frogs do in my garden, anyway I think it is a great way to help the nature to recover itself. Tom

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