“The present is more and more the day of the hotel.”
Henry James, The American Scene 1907

Hotels in History

The project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, is based at the Tourism History Working Group and Centre for Scottish Studies of the University of Guelph.

Société des Hôtels Littéraires

A team made up of book lovers and hospitality professionals.

Partisan Hotel

Hotel is a bi-annual magazine for new approaches to fiction, non fiction, and poetry (Paper Hotel Series).

Historic Hotels of the World – Chronology

Chronology of 330 properties worldwide.

Historic Hotels of America

The official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels.

War Hotels

Documentary series exploring the stories of iconic hotels associated with recent urban warfare.

The Guardian, Beirut’s Bullet-Riddled Holiday Inn

A history of cities in 50 buildings, day 28.

Middle East Eye, War, Riots, Torture: The Luxury Hotels that Shaped the Middle East

Hotels playing a key role in the region’s history.

The New Yorker, When the Barbizon Gave Women Rooms of Their Own

The story of New York City’s most famous women-only hotel.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/03/08/when-the-barbizon-gave-women-rooms-of-their-own

 

Literary Hub, How the Barbizon Gave Sylvia Plath and Joan Didion Freedom and Creative Autonomy

Joan Didion and Sylvia Plath at New York’s Women’s-Only Hotel.

https://lithub.com/how-the-barbizon-gave-sylvia-plath-and-joan-didion-freedom-and-creative-autonomy/

 

National Geographic: History and Culture, The lost age of women-only hotels

“Moral homes” and glamorous post-war residences for American women.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/lost-age-women-only-hotels

 

Dorothy Parker Society, Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin in New York City

The Algonquin Hotel functioning as the headquarters for all fans of Parker.

https://dorothyparker.com/dorothy-parker-haunts/the-algonquin-hotel

 

Weimar Berlin, Hotel Adlon

Berlin life and the Grand Hotel.

http://www.weimarberlin.com/2018/03/hotel-adlon.html

 

The Guardian, Bohemian rhapsody: inside New York’s Chelsea Hotel

Chelsea Hotel cultural icons and controversial renovations.

https://www.theguardian.com/global/2019/dec/22/bohemian-rhapsody-inside-new-york-chelsea-hotel-last-apartments-residents

 

Granta, The Chelsea Affect

Arthur Miller’s 1960 New York hotel piece.

https://granta.com/the-chelsea-affect/

 

The New York Times, New York’s Legendary Literary Hangouts: Chelsea Hotel and The Algonquin Hotel

Hotels were writers gathered in NYC.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/08/26/books/writers-favorite-places-new-york.html

 

The New York Times, 50 Years Ago, Truman Capote Hosted the Best Party Ever

Truman Capote’s lavish masquerade (The “Black & White Ball”)at the grand ballroom of New York’s Plaza Hotel.

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/21/fashion/black-and-white-ball-anniversary-truman-capote.html

 

Tate, Sophie Calle, The Hotel: Room 28, Room 47, (1981)

Calle’s hotel diary diptychs.

https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/calle-the-hotel-room-28-p78301

https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/calle-the-hotel-room-47-p78300

 

The New Yorker, Sophie Calle and the Art of Leaving a Trace

Organized by room number, Sophie Calle’s “The Hotel” gathers together photographic documentation and observation.

https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/sophie-calle-and-the-art-of-leaving-a-trace

 

The New York Times Style Magazine, A Hotel Room of One’s Own

Vladimir Nabokov in his suite at the Montreux Palace hotel in Switzerland

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/t-magazine/a-hotel-room-of-ones-own.html

 

The Paris Review, Maya Angelou, The Art of Fiction No. 119

“I have kept a hotel room in every town I’ve ever lived in”.

https://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/2279/the-art-of-fiction-no-119-maya-angelou

 

The Guardian, The Top 10 Hotel Novels

The magnetism of hotels from Robert Bloch’s Psycho to Chekhov’s Lady with the Dog.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/aug/13/top-10-hotel-novels-mark-watson

 

The New York Times, The Hotel Historian Is at Your Service

On the increasing popularity of hotel historians in high-end hotels.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/07/travel/hotel-history.html