That’s it. We’re done. From here on in, ‘Netflix and Chill’ is no longer a thing.
The reason we’re drawing a line under using that phrase is this: a Netflix and Chill AirBnb rental in New York that costs a bleedin’ fortune per night to stay in, and in doing so has taken 2015’s viral phrase way too far.
What does one get in a Netflix and Chill-inspired room, we hear you ask? Well, dear reader, on top of access to a highly romantic set of logo’d bedsheets for you and your guest to do all your ‘chill’ between, you get a mini bar crammed with booze, an HD projector and surround sound speakers, a large bathroom, access to a rooftop from which you can give your eyes a break from all that streaming and, of course, plenty of access to the newest season of House of Cards. Admittedly, that all sounds quite nice. Then again, if you fancy it, be prepared to cough up the princely sum of $400 (£280) per night.
“With this project we bring the famous ‘Netflix & Chill’ meme to life and offer it as an IRL experience that people can rent for a night,” says listing owner Tom Galle. “We can’t allow you to have additional guest over the apartment, and that is a serious request. This is an exclusive experience for 2 people only.”
It’s an ‘exclusive experience’ that’ll cost you even more than a stay in a superior deluxe double room in the uber-cool Ace Hotel in London, about the same as a super swanky night at The Mondrian Hotel on LA’s Sunset Strip (complete with rooftop pool and endless A-listers to hang out with), and even more than a booking to this totally amazing honeymoon-friendly tree house in Hawaii. Be honest now, which is going to impress the special lady in your life more: celeb spotting in Los Angeles, a hipster hangout in The Big Smoke, treeline romancing in Hawaii, or some novelty bedding?
However, as complete cynics, we seem to be in a bit of a minority. If you and your other half love Netflix, like, really love it, your next chance of chillin’ between these sheets is in July 2016 – it's blanket booked until then.
Here’s hoping the owners bought more than one set of those nice bed sheets.