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Hotel Babylon
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2004
Having just finished working in an hotel, at front of house, after nearly 3 years, I was idly curious about this book.
Not idle for long, it kept me going till 3.30 the second night. I was almost in real time with the main character as his fascinating but torturous day rolled by hour after hour into the small hours.
I had thought life in the smart country house hotel I worked at was pretty hectic and "eccentric' at times, with many unexpected moments. But this book made my time look like a spell in Beatrix Potter land. And I never got any of the pinkies mentioned!
I was surprised, shocked and very very amused by this book.
I am sure even people who have never lifted an exhausted or surprised finger in hotel work will find this a true eye opener.
I dont think I will ever pay £5.00 for a pot of tea again after this, or take for granted all that goes on behind the scenes again. And I thought I had had an idea. Wrong!
Hotel Babylon is real fast good read. I have passed it on to the staff who remain in my past hotel. I think they will love it too.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2004
Having worked in the hotel industry, this book is fantastic and a very accurate account of the hotel industry. Hotel Babylon is funny but also a relstic insight into the hotel industry as you have never seen before. Anyone that has worked in the industry can relate to the antics that go on in hotels, the private going ons, this features tales of the hotel industry just at a glance in London beleive me in does happen all over the world.
Strongly recommed reading this one, guarnatee once you start reading you will not be able to put it down!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2004
Having been one of those hotel workers for the past 5 years I was interested to see what 'secrets' would be revealed. Unfortunately none of those mentioned were a great suprise though I am sure they would be to anyone who has not worked in this industry. All hotels would be able to recall events where guests have propositioned staff, been found asleep on corridors the other side of the hotel to their room and so on. As far as the costs of drinks and the tips left by billionaire americans, I think this can be assumed is just a feature of 5 star London properties. Speaking from a 4 star hotel outside of London, you are lucky if you are left a coin let alone a note of any colour. I am in agreement with a previous reviewer that the book doesn't owe the success to the author. The writing didn't keep me gripped or guessing what would happen next, what it did show was that hotel workers work long hours, take repeated abuse from guests and are reguarly undervalued. What it didn't show is the great social life when you do get a night off!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2007
I read this some time ago and really enjoyed it. It should be pointed out that it's very different from the TV series. So although you can see where the idea for the TV series came the characters are very different.

This is written from the point of view of an anoymous receptionist who has to do a double shift. A number of funny incidents happened on his shift. The controvesy of this novel was that the author got the stories from a manager of a top hotel in London. You will have to judge for yourself if all the stories are true I suspect that some may have been exaggerated but that they probably have occured.

The first TV series I though was quite funny but with the addition of celebrity appearances for the seciond series this could end up becoming a much bigger hit.

Read this if you want to laugh and be shocked by what goes on in a 5 star hotel but don't expect to read about the characters from the show.

Definately worth reading
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2004
I thought this book would be a thinly veiled "reveal-all" about celebrities and their strange lives but, unlike another book that took babylon as its cue, it isn't. There are mentions, sure, but they're not that gripping. You get the feeling that the publisher's lawyers could have written certain parts of the book and that there was much more that hit the editor's desk: you may have heard most, if not all, before whether in or out of the industry.
Where this 24 hour tale of the fictional Babylon excels, however, is in the reveal-all on corporate markup and extent of staff exploitation in the industry itself. That's the real shock-and-gossip hook of this book. Definitely worth a read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2005
I bought the book on the impression that it is spiced up handbook of hotel management (like "The Goal" on production). This is definitely not the case but you still get a bunch of hilarious real-life stories that have happened in London 5 star hotel. To make it more interesting the authors have packed them all in 24 h period, so the action never stops. In the end it leaves you with somewhat bad aftertaste about luxury hotel business (the sole aim of which seems to be to rip you off) but if you still want to peek behind the curtains, give it a shot.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2004
What a great book! Hotel Bablyon tells the story of a fictional hotel over a 24 hour period. The catch being that the book is dominated by true stories from an insider at some of London's top hotels. A string of brilliant anecdotes ranging from big name celebrities and the Royal Family to seedy businessmen will keep you turning page after making this a hugely entertaining read. The picture that emerges is that the hotel industry is a bizarre microcosm of the real world. It is ruled by cash and fuelled by greed. It embraces sex, death and pretty much everything else. The more decadent and luxurious the hotel, the more extreme the experience.
A great book for anybody in the hotel industry or indeed anyone interested in celebrities.
A must read for this summer's holiday. Go out and buy this book now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2008
Because I'm in the same industry I was I admit curious. I'd already read Air Babylon and think it was a stroke of genious. Hilarious and worrying all rolled into one! Hotel Babylon was however, I have to admit a bit of a disappointment. Without a shadow of a doubt, the general public behave so diabolically in this environment I really expected a story that would far exceed the behaviour of the general public in the air! I think it was noteable that the author is 'guided' by a person in the industry who was simply recalling 'bits and pieces' off the 'top of their head' - had the author had the inside experience (and therefore made a few notes over a period of time), I can't help but feel certain the book would have contained a far more in depth story of the inside truth of the hotel business - from both aspects - visitors and staff behaviour. I enjoyed it - it was 'easy reading' and it was certainly easy to identify with certain parts of it, but I know most of us in the trade could tell a story or two (and the rest) to blow this story well out of the water!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2007
I love all the Babylon series but this one is definately my favourite, far surpassing my expectations. True accounts of what goes on in the hotel trade put together to form a day in the life of a receptionist at one of London's top hotels. I read this book in a day and could not put it down. It is hilarious but at the same time I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn't fiction. I was astonished at the way people behave when staying at hotels and the things that go on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2007
I loved this book, it was perfect for a good holiday read, especially as I was staying in a hotel at the time. This book is very interesting, it gives a glossy 'hollywoodized' outlook on the life of a hotel and mocks how the other half live. The book is accounted to the audience from the persepctive of an employee at one of London's top hotels, which remains undisclosed. We follow the employee throughout a twenty four hour shift and therefore we are able to follow through the day, it is therfore compacted through things that would normally probably occur throughout a month or so. Therfore this is an extremely funny and lighthearted story, but only that, i knew not to overly believe in everything i read. Definetly a must read though.
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