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Hotel Babylon

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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.

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Hotel Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones, Anonymous

‘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.

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'Informative, disgusting and utterly fascinating'

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

About the Author

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.

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4th July 2005


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Transworld Publishers Ltd


352 pages


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