Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Books Set in Hotels

A lot of Christie's make great use of hotels but so does mainstream fiction. I  am thinking of MRS. PALFREY AT THE CLAREMOUNT (Elizabeth Taylor) and HOTEL DU LAC by Anita Brookner.
Any more?

15 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Well, there is These Foolish Things, that was the basis for the film The Best Exotic Magnolia Hotel.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Didn't know that, Margot, thanks.

George said...

Many of P. G. Wodehouse's novels and stories happen in hotels.

Charles Gramlich said...

the one that first pops into mind is The Shining

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Um, how about HOTEL by Arthur Hailey?

Christie had several, of course.

THE SHINING, of course.

J. Kingston Pierce said...

And though it's not a crime novel, we shouldn't forget Steve Millhauser's wonderful Martin Dressler.

Rick Robinson said...

Allen Russell's The Hotel Detective. Takes place in a San Diego hotel based on the Hotel del Coronado.

seana graham said...

Ali Smith's early novel Hotel World. I loved Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, both book and movie.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I love anything about a hotel. Although I used to love them more before I was told how poorly they are cleaned. But that doesn't matter in a story.

seana graham said...

Unless it's a clue to the murder.

Todd Mason said...
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Todd Mason said...

Fantasy such as D. M. Thomas's THE WHITE HOTEL (in part). THE HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE.

Todd Mason said...

If motels count, of course PSYCHO by Robert Bloch.

Anonymous said...

Arnold Bennett was fascinated by hotels: Imperial Hotel has been called a guide to how to run an hotel disguised as a novel, and The Grand Babylon Hotel is a thriller set in one.
J. G. Farrell's Troubles is set in an hotel in the West of Ireland just after WWI.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Patti, I don't have my list here - we won't be home until tomorrow - but I will try to remember to look up a non fiction book you will want to read, if you haven't already. The author grew up IN one of the luxury NYC hotels (sorry can't remember which) where his father was the hotel manager. There was a lot of behind the scenes stuff.