LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

LoveReading View on Hotel Babylon

Compressing a decade of debauchery, bribery, corruption, scandal and dishonesty into twenty-four hours in a luxury London hotel, I am told that all the anecdotes, characters (with name changes) and situations are true.  Some are indeed hard to believe.  Everyone in the hotel trade is on the make and for guests it’s a licence to steal or behave badly, and it’s all here in glorious technicolour.  Wow!  Even if it’s not all true, it certainly makes for high entertainment.

Sarah Broadhurst

Hotel Babylon Synopsis

‘Something strange occurs to guests as soon as they check in. Even if in real life they are perfectly well-mannered, decent people with proper balanced relationships, as soon as they spin through the revolving hotel doors the normal rules of behaviour no longer seem to apply.’
 

All of the following is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the guilty. All the anecdotes, the stories, the characters, the situations, the highs, the lows, the scams, the drugs, the misery, the love, the death and the insanity are exactly as was told by Anonymous - someone who has spent his whole career working in hotels at the heart of London’s luxury hotel industry. However, for legal reasons, the stories now take place in a fictitious hotel known as Hotel Babylon. More than a decade is compressed into twenty-four hours. Everything else is as it should be.

The rich spend money, the hotel makes money and the chambermaids still fight the bellboys over a two-pound coin.It's just another twenty-four hours in an expensive London hotel.

 

Win a Family Weekend Ticket to the Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival!

Win a Family Weekend Ticket to the Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival!

Closing date: 14/06/2019

The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival, which takes place annually in Broad Chalke, near Salisbury in Wiltshire, is the largest festival dedicated entirely to history in the UK. Spread over 60 acres, it is a unique combination of talks, discussions and topical debates, plus a vast living history encampment, where the very best living historians bring history to life with their extensive knowledge and passion for their subjects. This summer, over 150 talks and debates will be delivered by eminent historians, writers and commentators. Speakers will include: Victoria Hislop, Michael Wood, Mariella Frostrup, Niall Ferguson, Kate Williams, Max Hastings, Neil Oliver, Antonia Fraser, and Ben MacIntyre.  We have four family weekend tickets to give away. These allow 2 adults and up to 3 children into the Festival for free on 29th or 30th June, to attend living history activities, listen to the ‘Live History Live’ talks, get access to the stands and stalls, and go to the party on Saturday evening! * The draw closes on 14th June 2019. Tickets to the literary talks are not included and will need to be booked and paid for separately. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter. We will select four winners who will receive a family weekend ticket. Each family Ticket allows 2 adults and up to 3 children to come into the festival for free on either the 29th or the 30th June The draw closes on 14th June 2019. The winners will be notified as soon as possible.

Enter Now

Hotel Babylon Press Reviews

'Informative, disgusting and utterly fascinating'
Closer


A 5-Star read. Imogen Edwards-Jones takes readers on a brilliant romp that’s just as luxurious as the presidential suite and definitely a whole lot funnier’
Candace Bushnell


'Five stars for excess...amusing and appalling'
Sunday Telegraph

'Makes shock revelation after shock revelation'
Daily Mail


'An eye-opener…with plenty of tips for the frequent traveller'
The Economist

If you loved this, you might like these...

Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere
Fear: Trump in the White House
Letters from Alice
Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780552151467
Publication date: 04/07/2005
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780552151467
Publication date: 4th July 2005
Author: Imogen Edwards-Jones, Anonymous
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, The Real World,
Categories: True stories, Hotel & catering trades,

About Imogen Edwards-Jones, Anonymous

Imogen Edwards-Jones is a journalist, broadcaster and the author of four novels, including My Canape Hell and Tuscany for Beginners, and the bestselling expose on the hotel business Hotel Babylon.

More About Imogen Edwards-Jones, Anonymous

Share this book