Book Reviews

Hotel Books

The New One on a Fabulous Hotel


Thank you to blogger Literary Potpourri, whose review introduced me to this book. Please be nice and click and read her review, won’t you? I will review it when I eventually read it.

The captivating story of the famed Savoy Hotel’s founders, told through three generations—and one hundred years—of glamour and high society.

The Secret Life of the Savoy by Olivia Williams


This Summer’s Hotel-Themed Beach/Pool Read


Carla at Carla Loves to Read recently reviewed this summer beach read. Her review is here, won’t you click and read it?

Fun fact: This is the second book in a row that mentioned coconut shrimp! The first book? You’ll find out on Monday.

The recent one that I DNF-ed

One of my reading goals for 2021 was to follow along with more of Reece Witherspoon’s book club picks. The Sanatorium ticked a lot of boxes that should have added up to a good, exciting read. It was set in an old sanatorium converted into a hotel.  It is in Switzerland and, fun fact,  it was the second book within a 12-month period that featured a funicular*** What are the odds? Yet…yet…yawn…I kept waiting for the chills and excitement. I’d just think something was finally going to happen when it was a dull again.

***The other book mentioning a funicular was Louise Penny’s All the Devils Are Here (I don’t review series books due to spoilers).


The Sanatorium: A Novel by Sarah Pearse


The One for Well-Brought Up Ladies: The Barbizon in fact and fiction

I’ve had both of these from the library and hadn’t read either. Both arrived with a slew of other requested titles and I didn’t get to either in time, so they are still on my TBR. Grace Kelly and Nancy Reagan are among the famous women who lived at the Barbizon at some point in their younger days. The hotel was for ladies–not just “women” back when there was a real difference.

The Barbizon: The Hotel that Set Women Free by Paulina Bren (Nonfiction)

The Dollhouse: A Novel by Fiona Davis

The One With Miss Marple


A classic who-done-it with Miss Marple heading up the sleuthing! At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie.

The One With the Communists, The Hotel Metropol in Moscow, also in fact and fiction

Two books give accounts of life in Moscow’s famed Metropol hotel. Fun fact: The Metropol provided all the “service” to the delegates at the Yalta Conference. The nonfiction Girl From the Metropol Hotel was a book I heard about on Modern Mrs. Darcy’s blog. A Gentleman in Moscow defeated me as an audio book, but I do want to read it in print still or try again with the audio–it was during COVID lock down that I tried to listen so that is not a fair trial for any book.

The One With the Fun Movie Version

  It’s rare that I read the book AFTER watching the movie. I LOVE the Best Exotic Marigold Motel movie–Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and my favorite–Judi Dench. When I re-watched it recently, I saw it was based on a book. I recalled the tie-in book, but assumed (wrongly) that it was the script made into a book. The book is just as fun as the movie only more believable. (Hands up if you thought Graham’s story unbelievable in the movie?) I’m a back-story lover–I like to KNOW the characters, and not just on the surface. I’m no longer sure which I like more–the book or the movie, but I can tell you that I’m anxiously awaiting the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie sequel.The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deoborah Moggach [From my old blog].

The One With the Nice Teenagers


Rhe boutique Art Deco NYC Hopewell Hotel [great name!] with interestingly named suites and fabulous caretaker-owner-manager family with four kids–all named for stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood and one named Scarlet for that fictional star. This is book one in what should be a wonderfully fun YA series–I haven’t read the others (yet). Suite Scarlet by Maureen Johnson.

The Plaza in Fact and Fiction

The Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel, by Julie Satow is the hotel’s biography. I have not read it. Eloise by Kay Thompson is a classic for all ages–I was raised on it and my mother still gives copies to children to enjoy. It is a treasure.

The One That Became a 70’s Over-the-top Blockbuster!


No list of hotel books would be complete without Alvin Haley’s mega-block-buster, disaster-movie-of-the-week book Hotel!

My Favorite Fictional Hotel and its Real-Life Counterpart

Louisa Trotter, fictional matriarch of the Bentinck Hotel, was based on a real life person and running a real life London hotel–Rosa Lewis of the Cavendish Hotel (nice play on the double-barrell name of now extinct Dukes of Portland, Cavendish-Bentinck).  I loved it. I still have the tie-in books and have watched the series many times. The books are out-of-print, but the tie-ins can be found used. Apparently my copy (that I hope I still have) of The Duchess of Jermyn Street us worth a bundle according to Amazon’s wacky pricing algorithm, but used sellers price it much, much more modestly.

The One We All Still Laugh Over

5 thoughts on “Hotel Books

  1. LOVED watching Duchess of Duke street! Takes me back. Oh, and you do know that the original title to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was These Foolish Things, right? I read it several years before they made a movie of the book.

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  2. This was fun to read. I haven’t read any of these books except A Gentleman in Moscow and I really liked it. It seems like I’ve been aware of the Barbizon hotel since I was a teenager (that’s a long time ago) so I know I would enjoy the book about it.


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