5 Books with Terrible Hotels

Posted on June 8, 2022

by Eric P

It’s summertime, which for many people means traveling, vacation, and shopping online for good deals on lodging. And sometimes accommodations fall short of expectations, whether you’re crashing at a boutique hotel, a big corporate chain, or an AirBnb. Don’t let a few inconveniences ruin your trip, pack one of these Library books with you or download it before you go; compared to the things these characters go through, the fact that your room is right by a noisy ice machine suddenly won’t seem so terrible after all.


by Robert Bloch

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Why not book a stay at the Bates Motel, which in spite of its free showers and late checkout policy, continues to get terrible reviews on Yelp. The rooms might fill up quickly during tourist season, but why not call and take a stab.

The Shining

by Stephen King

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One complaint guests often have about hotel stays is the annoying people in the rooms nearby. You won’t have to worry about that at the Overlook Hotel, where you’ll have the run of the facilities and the full attention of a staff that’s as solicitous as it is not-exactly-alive.

The Sun Down Motel

by Simone St. James

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If you prefer old-fashioned charm you can’t do better than upstate New York’s Sun Down Motel, where nothing much has changed since 1982. Unfortunately, what that means isn’t so much that they’ve still got “Eye of the Tiger” on the jukebox as that all the people who’ve died there are still hanging around.

The Cabin at the End of the World

By Paul Tremblay

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Get away from it all at this rustic lakeside cabin where the amenities include fishing, swimming, murderous apocalyptic cults, and triggering scenes of violence that will stick with you for the rest of your days. Also, hiking!

Heads in Beds

By Jacob Tomsky

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But as this nonfiction account of life in the hospitality trenches makes clear, sometimes the most horrifying things you’ll find in hotels are the guests. A review of a hotel guest in Zagat would call them “grasping,” “messy,” “short-tempered,” “entitled,” and “stingy.” And that’d be one of the good ones.

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