November 24, 2015 6:25 pm
Updated: November 24, 2015 6:52 pm

Study says hotel sex is steamier; science agrees

Sex in a hotel room is more frequent, longer lasting and more satisfying than sex at home, a new study finds. Relationship experts aren't surprised.

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Ever notice that sex in a hotel room seems more exciting than sex at home? You’re not alone.

More than half (53.5 per cent) of Canadians say they feel more sexually adventurous in a hotel room, according to a global survey from mobile booking service HotelTonight.

The study spanned 11 countries and explored the sex lives of 2,200 people, all of whom have been intimate in a hotel room within the past three years.

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Those surveyed feel hotel sex lasts anywhere from 25 to 49 minutes longer (depending on where they’re from). Just under half (49 per cent) of Canadians also believe they make love more frequently between hotel sheets than their own.

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And one in three think the quality of hotel sex is better.

Sex and relationship expert Dr. Jess O’Reilly isn’t surprised by the findings, which can be backed by science.

“The change of location creates novelty and encourages a chemical change in the body that can boost libido,” she explains.

“Novelty has the potential to activate dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward.”

O’Reilly says there are a few other reasons hotel sex might seem more frequent, longer lasting and more satisfying than sex at home:

  • You’re less likely to be burdened by daily chores and the distractions of family life (e.g. kids sleeping in the next room)
  • You’re more likely to allow your natural sounds to emanate freely, which can facilitate sexual response and orgasm (at home, you may hold back to avoid waking your kids or neighbours)
  • When someone else (or a team) takes your daily responsibilities (like cooking and cleaning) off your plate, you may feel more relaxed and experience an increase in sexual desire

She adds that many hotels are designed with the senses in mind. From plush pillows to warm, dim lighting and mirror placement— every detail can make a difference. The lack of clutter (including family photos) and distractions also doesn’t hurt.

The quality of bed plays a role, as well. Some of the survey respondents even credited it for making them a better lover. Canadian men seem to prefer a bigger bed, while Canadian women prefer a firmer mattress.

WATCH: Sex and relationship expert Jessica O’Reilly talks about how to spice up your sex life at home.

Other highlights from the survey include:

  • North American countries lead globally when it comes to feeling more sexually adventurous in a hotel room (Mexicans and Americans see the biggest difference at 75 and 73 per cent, respectively)
  • When staying in a hotel, Brits have sex on average 2.6 times more than at home, a close comparison to Canadians who make love 2.3 times more. Overall, the two countries cited very similar responses in the survey
  • American men believe making love in a hotel room lasts on average 10 minutes longer than their female counterparts do, while Canadian women believe that steamy hotel sessions last longer than their male counterparts think they do
  • All participating countries except Italians, Australians and Russians believe their partner’s performance improves more than theirs in hotel rooms
  • In a hotel, Mexicans and Americans rate their performance the highest (8.7 and 8.2, respectively); the French score themselves the lowest (with a 7); and Canadians and the Spanish give themselves a 7.6
  • Mexicans add the greatest amount of time to a love making session in a hotel room with an extra 49 minutes, while the Spanish only add 22 minutes
  • Only 14 per cent of Germans believe that sex is better in a hotel than at home; however one-third agree it lasts longer, and half believe they’re more sexually adventurous

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