For most married couples, spending some time in a hotel means reigniting the spark in your relationship. But one Dutch entrepreneur has decided to go a different route by launching a hotel catering specifically to couples getting a divorce.
The Halfens' Divorce Hotel is the brainchild of Jim Halfens. According to the 33-year-old hotelier, it's a place where feuding couples get to share a suite and have the particulars of their impending divorce ironed out by independent lawyers and mediators. Halfens wants to take his idea to the States, and is currently
negotiating with hotels in several cities, including Los Angeles and New
There's also plans on tying the hotel's concept with a reality show to feature "real people getting real divorces." Mickey Stern, co-chief
executive for Base Productions, says that the Divorce Hotel could make
for the perfect reality concept because "it has all of the human drama
of this significant process all condensed down into a very short period
According to the New York Times, a total of 17 couples have already tried Halfens' concept, with only one couple leaving not completely "divorce-ready." And American divorce attorneys are doubtful that America's ready to embrace Halfens' business model, mainly because nobody want to be stuck with their soon-to-be-ex while on vacation.