If you have long dreamed of seeing your name on the cover, but still have not caught inspiration, it may be worth looking for it in another country. We decided to find out where the authors of famous bestsellers were inspired – perhaps, having lived in the same hotels, and you will manage to write a masterpiece. Here are six hotels in which popular books were invented or created.
This cute colonial-style hotel inspired Stephen King to one of his most popular and scary novels. In 1974, King and his wife stayed here for one night. Late in the evening they rode through Estes Park, stumbled upon this hotel and decided to spend the night there. At the reception, it turned out that they were the only guests – very soon the hotel was closing for the winter. King was very impressed with the empty corridors and the huge dining room, where all the chairs were raised on the tables, and only their table is ready to receive guests.
At night, Kingu dreamed of his three-year-old son, horrified as he was running away along a long corridor from a fire hose. The writer woke up from this nightmare, sat by the window and, looking at the mountains, in a few minutes composed the plot “Shining”. The novel was published in 1977, and he immediately became a bestseller. The 1980 film was shot in a different location, but in the 1997 mini-series, you see exactly Stanley.
And of course, the hotel “Overlook” in the book is completely inspired by the hotel “Stanley”. And the number 217 is not accidentally chosen for the number in which some of the most frightening events take place – it was there that King and his wife stayed. At the Stanley Hotel itself, this room is booked more frequently than others.
They also say that after the publication of “Shine” strange and frightening events really began to occur in the hotel: sometimes ghostly children running around the fourth floor of the building are seen here, and the deceased Mrs Stanley, the founder’s wife, occasionally appears in the music room.
The great writer and author of a huge number of detectives travelled a lot, and many trips inspired her to new bestsellers. So, during a trip to the Middle East, Christie wrote one of her most famous detective stories, “Murder on the Orient Express.” She travelled several times on this train from Istanbul to London and knew firsthand what it was like to be in a blocked train away from people: in 1931, the Orient Express with Christy on board stood for several hours in the field due to a snowstorm. Note that in her trips the writer always took a typewriter, so perhaps the beginning of the novel originated on that very day.
Well, Christie was finishing “Murder on the Orient Express” in more comfortable conditions: in room 411 of the Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul. Today the number is named after Agatha Christie, and the atmosphere of that time was carefully recreated in it.
The hotel was also loved by another famous writer: Ernest Hemingway rumoured to have been able to sip whiskey in the Orient Bar for hours. Queen Elizabeth II and King Edward VIII, Sarah Bernard and Greta Garbo, Alfred Hitchcock, Jacqueline Kennedy and Mustafa Ataturk also stayed at the Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah.
In truth, when Ian Fleming wrote books about James Bond in the GoldenEye mansion, there was no hotel yet. The house was completely owned by the writer: he bought a plot of land in Jamaica in 1946 and built his house on the edge of a cliff overlooking a private beach. But nowadays any traveller can stay here – unless, of course, one of the 22 rooms book in advance.
The main house, where stories about the great agent were written, was built according to the sketches of Fleming. The writer spent more than 20 winters here. Noel Coward, Katherine Hepburn, Errol Flynn, Savile Beaton, Princess Margaret and British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden also stayed here. And after the death of Fleming in 1964, the mansion was bought by renowned music producer Chris Blackwell, and a whole series of famous musicians visited the villa: Sting, Bono, Michael Caine, as well as Johnny Depp and the Clinton couple. By the way, many star guests planted trees on the site – this tradition began in 1956 by Sir Anthony Eden.
The main house has only 3 bedrooms, the remaining rooms are located in the cottages built later. But if you want to catch inspiration, ask to settle you in the room of Fleming himself, where even the table where he wrote books about agent 007 was preserved. By the way, he specifically stands with his back to the window overlooking the sea so as not to be distracted.
The final part of the famous story of a boy who survived, JK Rowling, wrote in the old hotel The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh. The building itself looks like it has descended from the pages of the saga: a school of magicians could well be located in such a Victorian mansion.
Rowling was writing a book in room 552 on the fifth floor. A sign “The JK Rowling Suite” and a small owl figure hang on the door of the room. Behind the door is a huge suite with a bedroom, dressing room, spacious bathroom and large living room. In the living room, there is a table behind which several chapters of “Harry Potter” were written.
As Rowling herself admits in an interview, someone constantly interfered with writing a book at home, and she remembered about Balmoral, where she had already stopped a couple of times. So in August 2006, the writer moved to the hotel. About who lives in a large corner suite, knew only a few people from the hotel staff. They did everything possible so that no one would disturb the famous writer, so she lived in a room for six months and finished her famous story.
Today it’s impossible to rent the same room in a hotel, but there are another 167 rooms available – from classic to deluxe. And the spa, sauna, Turkish bath, fitness room and chic restaurant Number One.
Brown’s is a respectable and at the same time luxurious five-star hotel located in the very centre of London, between Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street. It was here that Rudyard Kipling wrote his most famous piece, The Jungle Book. Of course, the inspiration of the stories included in the book was not foggy London, but India, where Kipling spent his childhood. But it is possible that the comfort and convenience of Brown’s room played a role and helped the writer create a work that both children and adults love today.
The hotel has a special suite, named after Kipling. The room reigns the inimitable atmosphere of colonial India. On the walls – unique wallpaper with a pattern in the form of flowers and leaves. The suite also has a thunderous marble bathroom and a spacious living room with a comfortable writing desk.
Brown’s Hotel was not only loved by Kipling. Over the years, Agatha Christie, Theodore Roosevelt and Alexander Bell (who, by the way, made the first phone call in the world) lived here. And Sir Winston Churchill said “I do not stay at the hotel. I stay at Brown’s. ”
Ernest Hemingway generally respected good hotels, and in dozens of hotels around the world, there are rooms where he stayed or even lived for a long time. But the honour to be called a hotel where Hemignuei worked, fell to a few. And Ambos Mundos is one of them.
Ambos Mundos is one of the oldest hotels in Havana, it was built in the late 1920s. And in the early 1930s, Hemingway shot number 511. He lived here for seven years and during this time he wrote three books: Death in the Afternoon, Green Hills of Africa and To Have and Not to Have. Also here he wrote some chapters of one of his most famous novels, For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Today in room 511 there is a small museum in which a typewriter and some personal things of the writer are kept. The bed in the room has also been preserved since that time. In addition, one of the hotel’s restaurants is called Hemingway. The other restaurant, Plaza de Armas, serves Hemingway’s favourite dishes. If you stay at Ambos Mundos, be sure to also go up to the rooftop bar: from here you have a stunning view of the historic centre of Havana.