Today’s word for the A to Z challenge is Xenodocheionology–a word we all use most days–“love of hotels.”
I do love hotels actually–in real life and in books. As a child, when my family was moving, we stayed in an Embassy Suites Hotel for about two weeks while housing was sought. I thought it was the best thing–I could go swimming, visit a gift shop daily, and eat a made to order breakfast every morning! I still find myself delighted whenever I have the chance to visit a hotel. A recent visit to a literary hotel (in truth, a B&B) earlier this spring reminded me of the importance of “getting away.”
I recently read The Archived, which is set largely in a hotel. A hotel that may be haunted. Check out that book by Victoria Schwab if you enjoy a good YA mystery. There’s also a sequel.
What other books are set in hotels?
Another favorite of mine is E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View. I visited Florence, Italy for the first time last year–in March–and I couldn’t help but carry around my copy of the book as I saw the sights of the city. I wanted to feel like Lucy Honeychurch as she explored. However, in my case, I used the novel as my “baedecker.”
Those who enjoy Agatha Christie might think of At Bertram’s Hotel (Miss Marple, #11) . Then of course there’s The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins. I love Collins’s work, especially The Woman in White and The Moonstone but I haven’t read his hotel story.
There’s the contemporary novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. The Mystery at Lilac Inn, Nancy Drew #4 is another one we can’t forget, especially for those fans of Carolyn Keene and her female detective!
What books set in hotels do you recommend?