Hotel Author:Arthur Hailey Once in a generation there is produced a stirring, exciting story set against the background of a great hotel. This is such a book. — The scene is the St. Gregory Hotel in the lusty, tumultuous city of New Orleans. Time: 1964. Through five eventful days we share the fortunes, conflicts, and intimacies affecting the hotel, its guests, its echelon ... more »of management. Across the novel's pages stride memorable characters: Warren Trent, the St. Gregory's bigoted, irascible owner; his assistant, Christine Francis, vivacious, ardent, yet shadowed by personal tragedy; Peter McDermott, competent and honorable, but a prisoner of his own past indiscretion; Marsha Preyscott, the teen-age New Orleans heiress, ruthless in attaining her own desires; and also an engaging sous-chef and organizational genius, an embittered young Negro, a despicable bell captain and purveyor of vice, and a humble disposer of garbage who proves to be the keeper of the hotel's conscience.
And the guests: Curtis O'Keefe, praying, fun-loving tycoon whose chicanery would add the St. Gregory to his world-wide, conformity-stamped hotel chain; O'Keefe's glamorous travelling companion, Dodo Lash; Dr. Ingram, a man of principle who defied the hotel and reaped the scorn of his own convention colleagues; statesman, aristocrat, and coward, the Duke of Croydon, with his arrogant, ice-maiden Duchess; the modest, kindly ex-miner, Albert Wells, escaping death to become a friend when needed most; and Keycase Milne, a likeable Barabbas.
These, and others, people the richly woven texture of Hotel.
More than this: a star of the story is the hotel itself. Seldom, if ever, has there been a more fascinating glimpse into the inner machinery and secrets of a great hotel, laid open to the reader by a master storyteller.« less