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During five days in the midst of a hot, steamy Louisiana summer, the lives of a colorful cast of characters intertwine in a series of public, private, and personal dramas at the famed St. Gregory luxury hotel.
Paperback, 480 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Berkley (first published 1965)
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Arah-Lynda
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said, paperwhite
While conducting research for the writing of this novel, Arthur Hailey spent two months as a paying guest at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.  The owner of the Roosevelt, the late Seymour Weiss, instructed his department heads to answer Hailey’s questions honestly and without holding back and urged them to direct their staff to do the same.  Hailey believes that Weiss had become weary of his hotel and the corruption that had seized it.    The Roosevelt still exists, only these days it is call ...more
Tim
Jan 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: most people, especially the elderly types (over 21)

It's a good little story, this - who would have thought you could make the daily runnings of a hotel that interesting?
Despite the odd crazy cliche the characters here are excellent, given that it's only a shortish book and not exactly heavily philosophical or anything too deep. I feel I'm doing it a disservice here actually: the characters, 2 or 3 of them in particular, are rather excellent in their own right.

A well paced (and getting right into the thick of things early on) and enlightening ta
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Anushree
(3.5)

“No. I wish to cancel that order and place another”.
“Yes Ma’am.”

When we generally say this in the hotels and restaurants and promptly another dish is served (or not served for whatever reasons) do we ever sit back and wonder what goes on behind the scenes? Sometimes we perhaps do, but what we imagine is probably only 1/100th of the actual hassle the hotel staff must have undergone to make that one thing available, not counting making it look absolutely hassle-free.

Arthur Hailey’s “Hotel”
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Chris
Disclaimer: ARC read via Netgalley courtesy of Open Road Integrated Media.

I am old enough (or young enough depending on your viewpoint) to vaguely remember seeing commercials for the television series based on this novel. So I admit reading this was somewhat more of an interest of why did people love/like enough for it to be a television series.

I’m not sure what the answer to my question is, but I must admit this was better than I thought it would be.

Hotel takes place in the 60s, just at the
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Maksym Valevatiy
Колись Гомер Сімпсон розповідав:
"У Барта були проблеми з поведінкою, вагітну Мардж постійно нудило, я мусив ходити на роботу, але я примудрявся по вісім годин на день дивитися телевізора".
Я примудрився прочитати "Готель" за три дні, точніше - ночі. (Ніхто не вагітний, порівняння не досконале).

Анотація позначає Гейлі як майстра виробничого роману. Отже, роман про те, як працює готель. Це тло всіх драм, що розгортаються:
- старий бізнесмен, якого вичавлюють із бізнесу
- молодий адміністратор, який
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Wsm
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arthur-hailey
This book is an old favourite,I have read it several times over the years.Each time I've found it hugely entertaining.It is a terrific story with some memorable characters and several intriguing subplots.The pace doesn't slacken and the climax is explosive.Alongwith Airport,Wheels,The Money Changers and In High Places,this is among Hailey's best books.
Joaquin Garza
Me imagino que en el pasado la gente despotricaba contra Arthur Hailey como hoy en día despotricamos contra Dan Brown o Paula Hawkins. Al final, la fórmula eterna del thriller que vende no ha cambiado mucho en ciento cincuenta años. Personajes simplificados, a veces caricaturas, relaciones francamente de cartón y por supuesto la noción fundamental del género: gente ordinaria en situaciones extraordinarias.

La gente de Hotel es gente bastante ordinaria y bastante caricaturizada. Su héroe, Peter
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Marian
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was published in 1965. I probably read it at least several times when I was a teenager. Recently I started thinking about it, and decided to read it again. It totally holds up. Arthur Hailey is a good writer, an excellent storyteller, an expert at plotting and character development, and a genius at weaving story lines and characters together. The book is dated, of course, but who cares? One thing that made me laugh was a successful hotelier's vision of what hotels of the future would b ...more
Readingspree joseph
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Arthur Hailey can make the most mundane things interesting and in this case i found myself dieing to know the fate of the Hotel. The unlikely hero Peter Mc Dermot is fascinating and and in incredibly attractive in a way that transcends just physical good looks. The story is masterfully told and the attention to detail is unlike any other author of his age
Mandy Radley
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I hadn't realised that this book was first published in the 1960's, I remember it being around with all the other blockbuster books in the 80's, maybe this was when the mini series came out. Anyway I spotted it in Amazon before Christmas and I've always wanted to read it, so downloaded it. The book follows a number of characters over 5 days from Monday to Friday, either working or visiting the St Gregory Hotel in New Orleans. Friday being DDay for the owner. He has to come up with a refinancing ...more
Yogya Hari Prakash Burra
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Arthur Hailey is just brilliant. He takes an industrial setting like an Airport or a Hotel, and explains the daily operations involved in running such places from the perspective of a key player, mostly a senior manager. The seemingly mundane activities are always very well described and his research is meticulous. It is said that he used to research an industry for years together to portray its nitty gritties accurately. The Human element in these books is also very good with a slew of characte ...more
Suby
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this book some 40 years back. Already the world of hospitality was being taken over by Hotel Chains. One hotel stood alone independently and this book is about all aspects of hotel management, its struggle for survival and how a discredited manager of the hotel eventually gets into the good books of a millionaire who purchases the place and puts him in charge of the place so that it can continue to function as an independent entity. A marvelous book to read.
Deborah Mitton
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love Arthur Hailey works and read this one when it first came out. Seem tame now by today's standards but was a hot read at the time.
Julia Bondar
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Давно не читала таких добрих, правильних романів. Просто затягують атмосфера, майстерно продумані деталі і логіка книги. І настільки приємний післясмак залишається.
Andrea Manzanilla
Estuvo bien y nada más. Creo que la parte más interesante del libro ha sido todas las explicaciones de como funciona un hotel.
Roman Zarichnyi
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Чому я взяв до рук цю книжку, яка є не типовою до моїх уподобань? Насправді мене купило те, що я прочитав про підхід автора до написання такого виду романів. Перед тим як братися до написання, Артур Гейлі дуже детально вивчав функціонування певного бізнесу, управління установою чи організацією з усіх можливих сторін. А потім приступав уже до мистецької сторони, де його історія набуває власних барв. «Готель» мав бути сухою книжкою про управління, а став для мене справжнім відкриттям із багатьма д ...more
Rohan Murray
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable read. I loved learning about the inner workings of a hotel (a staple of Hailey's books - whether it be an airport, bank or newspaper) told through a number of well developed characters. The separate but closely linked stories of these characters come together in the finale with enough surprises and twists to keep the reader turning the pages. Sure, it's pretty outdated now (written nearly 50 years ago) but this is not actually a drawback, rather a nostalgic insight into ho ...more
Ostap Andrusiv
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Колись йшов по Клепарівській, старенька бабця на вулиці продавала книжки. Купив тоді в неї за 15грн Аеропорт і Готель А.Хейлі в одній книжці. Так вона в мене і лежала, припадала пилюкою 3 роки. Чи вона цікава? Відповім так: я мріяв про ті моменти, коли сяду в маршрутку або поїзд і буду продовжувати читати “Отель”. Хейлі майстер в детальному описі фактів. Не знаю, як йому вдалось так детально описати всю “поднаготную” готельного бізнесу. Після того, як прочитав книжку, малював на листку, як переп ...more
Arvind Srinivasan
Dec 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Arvind by: Prashanth Narasimhan
Shelves: english-fiction
Typical arthur hailey book which had a simple story with lot of explanation on how hotels work and what are the intricacies of it.
Some of the ending, though morally not right but makes us realise life goes that way (not always the right things happens for the right and vice versa).
If not for the explanation on how hotel function and its difficulties the book would be just 2 star but giving that knowledge of difficulties of running hotel this book gets that extra. The way I will conduct myself in
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Alona
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
От є щось в цій книзі таке, що складно описати словами. Але до цього повернемось пізніше.

На цю книгу я випадково натрапила в книжковому вже досить таки давно. Ця обкладинка і лаконічна назва ніяк не давали мені спокою. Я дуже довго вагалась, але таки купила цю книгу. Що ж, тут я не помилилась і мої очікування були більш, ніж просто виправдані.

Незважаючи на те, що книга охопила тільки кілька днів життя готелю (зате яких!), ми встигаємо познайомитись з багатьма героями - робітниками готелю, гост
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Xiao
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
It definitely got better when the stories got to unfold themselves. The book revealed vividly the scenes in a hotel which were usually not known to the general public. Extremely realistic and thought-provoking, it truly did a extraordinary job in, as the author put it himself, “presenting an exposed slice of life.” The four stars may be a little unfair because, after several decades, there are almost for sure certain things that a modern taste would dislike, e.g. many a stereotypical character, ...more
Katya
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Как понятно из названия, в данной книге Хейли описывает работу отеля - все его тайны и хитрости, работу сотрудников, жизнь клиентов в отеле. Порадовало наличие детективной и любовной линии, это придает роману свою изюминку, как и всем романам Хейли. Очень детально описан механизм гостиницы - от приготовления пищи до обслуживания лифтов. Осталась очень довольна, книги Хейли меня не разочаровывают.
Karen
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of “Hotel” by Arthur Hailey felt like a stroll through the humid French Quarter on a July afternoon. Long and lazy, taking in history along the way but in no hurry to get to the next destination. The last thirty pages however were more like Fat Tuesday at 11:00 p.m. with drinks and revelry a flyin’- but it still wasn’t enough to redeem the book. Some may remember “Hotel” was an 80s TV series like Love Boat and Fantasy Island where characters rolled in, had a crisis and rolled out w a soluti ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Anne (Booklady) by: Titas (I read in bed)
3.5 Stars

A bit too long, in my opinion, but an engrossing read about 5 days in the grand and luxurious St. Gregory Hotel in New Orleans. We learn about the fate of the hotel (almost bankrupt because of mismanagement and the corruption of some hotel employees), guests secrets, thefts, and some bigotry of mid 1960's New Orleans.
Anna
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. Absolutely fascinating. I was truly engaged, intrigued and couldn’t put it aside. Highly recommend!
Manan
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice to read some fiction for a change. Story is good but predictable storyline.
Gulzira
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mne opedelenno nravyatsya proizvedeniya Hailey, eto vtoraya posle Airport. On umeet zavlech, derjat v napryajenii, ne otryvatsya ot sujeta.
Elena
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this. Not only entertaining but all the behind the scenes drama of a hotel is spot on accurate. 5 stars.
Steve
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read...I really enjoyed Hotel. Hailey does a great job of intervening multiple storylines around the daily comings and goings of a New Orleans Hotel. The story is engaging and the characters are interesting. Just a good book all around. As a testament, as I finished this morning on the train, I was legitimately agitated the whole trip as events culminated. Stressful day at the office may have an impact on this, but I think it was due to the events to come. Not as suspenseful as others I ha ...more
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Arthur Hailey was a British/Canadian novelist. After working at a number of jobs and writing part-time, he became a writer full-time during 1956, encouraged by the success of the CBC television drama, Flight into Danger (in print as Runway Zero Eight ). Following the success of Hotel in 1965, he moved to California; followed by a permanent move to the Bahamas in 1969.

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“Familiar things, their touch and sight and sound, had become an ache of heart—all encompassing—which filled the waking day and penetrated sleep. Strangely—and in a way it shamed her at the time—there were never nightmares; only the steady procession of events as they had been that memorable day at Madison airport. She had been there to see her family leave for Europe: her mother, gay and excited, wearing the bon voyage orchid which a friend had telegraphed; her father, relaxed and amiably complacent that for a month the real and imagined ailments of his patients would be someone else’s concern. He had been puffing a pipe which he knocked out on his shoe when the flight was called. Babs, her elder sister, had embraced Christine; and even Tony, two years younger and hating public affection, consented to be kissed. “So long, Ham!” Babs and Tony had called back, and Christine smiled at the use of the silly, affectionate name they gave her because she was the middle of their trio sandwich. And they had all promised to write, even though she would join them in Paris two weeks later when term ended. At the last her mother had held Chris tightly, and told her to take care. And a few minutes later the big prop-jet had taxied out and taken off with a roar, majestically, though it barely cleared the runway before it fell back, one wing low, becoming a whirling, somersaulting Catherine wheel, and for a moment a dust cloud, and then a torch, and finally a silent pile of fragments—machinery and what was left of human flesh. It was five years ago. A few weeks after, she left Wisconsin and had never returned.” 2 likes
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