15 Dazzling Books Set in Hotels

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Checking in with some of the best books set in hotels!

Are you looking for a book set in a hotel to read?

All of these books on this list take place in a hotel. Hotels are dynamic locations with lots of interesting guests and going-ons, making it the perfect setting for a book.

From mysteries to romance to historical fiction and more, these books are set in hotels, motels, inns, and bed and breakfasts both fictional and real.

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1. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow is a historical fiction novel that takes place in Moscow in the 1920s. It follows Count Alexander Rostov, who is sentenced to house arrest in a luxury hotel after being deemed an unrepentant aristocratic by a Bolshevik tribunal.

He watches tumultuous events of Russian history unfold outside his window.

2. The Maid by Nita Prose

The Maid is a mystery book that is set at a hotel. This delightful mystery novel follows a likable main character named Molly, who loves her job as a maid at a luxury hotel.

But when she discovers an important guest dead in his hotel room, she is thrown into an investigation in which she is framed for his murder, due to her proximity to the scene of the crime and her difficulty with social skills and interpreting the intentions of others.

3. The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

The Dollhouse takes place in New York City in the 1950s.

This historical fiction novel is set at the glamorous Barbizon Hotel for Women, where a generation of ambitious aspiring models, secretaries, and editors live side by side, attempting to claw their way to success and recognition, and make it in the big city.

4. The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hildebrand

The Hotel Nantucket is a story that takes place in a hotel on the island of Nantucket in Massachusetts, a popular summer getaway.

When Lizbet is named the new general manager of the Hotel Nantucket, a once Gilded Age gem turned abandoned eyesore, she hopes that her local expertise and charismatic staff can turn it around, and escape the negative history that has tarnished the reputation of the hotel.

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5. The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent

The Summer Job is a funny, romance-filled book about a woman who takes a summer job working as a wine expert at an upscale hotel in the Scottish Highlands.

The only problem is she is having to pretend to be someone else the whole time she is there.

One good friend’s very bad decision is at the heart of this laugh-out-loud love story and unexpected tale of a woman finally finding herself in the strangest of places.

6. The Guest List by Lucy Foley

The Guest List is a page-turning thriller set on a remote island off the coast of Ireland where a high-profile destination wedding is happening.

Members of the wedding party have arrived a day early and checked in to the isolated hotel, where tensions are running high.

Wedding guests arrive on the island expecting a glamorous celebration, but things take a disastrous turn when someone ends up murdered and no one knows who did it.

7. A Year at Hotel Gondola by Nicky Pellegrino

A Year at Hotel Gondola is the perfect summer read. In this romantic comedy set in Venice, an adventurous American food writer falls in love with an Italian man and moves to Venice to help him run his bed and breakfast. But she quickly learns that her adventure isn’t going to go quite the way she expects it to.

8. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

If you’re looking for a creepy thriller set at a hotel (or in this case, motel) check out The Sun Down Motel.

In the 1980s, Viv wants to move to New York City, and to help pay for it she takes a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in upstate New York. But something isnʼt right at the motel, something haunting and scary.

Decades later, Carly has never been able to let go of the story of her aunt, who mysteriously disappeared from the motel. She decides to visit it herself, and finds herself ensnared in the same mysteries that claimed her aunt.

9. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners is a romance novel set in Hawaii.

After the entire wedding party comes down with food poisoning, Olive, the sister of the bride, must go on a romantic nonrefundable honeymoon vacation with Ethan, the best man, since they are the only two that didn’t get sick.

The only problem? The two hate each other. But at the resort in Maui, they suddenly realize that pretending to be newlyweds in love isn’t all that bad.

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10. The Nantucket Inn by Pamela M. Kelley

The Nantucket Inn is a story about a woman who decides to turn her home into a bed and breakfast when she is left without any money after her husband passes away and his gambling addiction comes to light. Rather than sell her house in Nantucket, she decides to put her cooking and entertaining skills to work as a B&B owner.

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11. Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland

Last Summer at the Golden Hotel is a story about a family reunion for the ages when two clans convene for the summer at their beloved getaway in the Catskills.

Long-buried secrets emerge, new dramas and financial scandal erupt, and everyone from the grandparents to the grandchildren wants a say in the hotel’s future.

12. Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Dial A for Aunties is a laugh-out-loud funny book that combines a rom com with a murder mystery.

When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her meddlesome mother calls for her even more meddlesome aunties to help get rid of the body.

Unfortunately, the dead body is inadvertently shipped in a cake cooler to the billionaire wedding Meddy and her family are working at an island resort on the California coastline.

13. Hotel Portofino by J.P. O’Connell

Hotel Portofino is a historical fiction novel that’s set on the Italian Riviera in the 1920s.

It follows a British family who open an upscale hotel on the beautiful coast of Italy, but immediately face an array of problems including high-maintenance guests, corrupt local politicians, and personal family drama.

14. The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis

The Chelsea Girls is a historical fiction novel that follows two women, playwright Hazel and actress Maxine, who are caught up in the scene of the Chelsea Hotel in the 1950s, a creative oasis for artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and poets.

The two women want to create a show of their own, but politics of the McCarthyism era get in the way.

This novel deftly pulls back the curtain on the desperate political pressures of the era, the complicated bonds of female friendship, and the siren call of the uninhibited Chelsea Hotel.

15. The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews

The Newcomer is a mystery and romance novel that takes place at a hotel. After Letty’s sister is murdered, she whisks her niece Maya off to Florida so they can go into hiding.

While Letty tries to untangle her sister’s web of secrets at The Murmuring Surf Motel, the owner’s son Joe tries to untangle his growing feeling for Letty.

Wrap Up: Best Books Set in Hotels

These are some of the best books set in hotels to add to your reading list.

Have you read or do you plan to read any of these books set in hotels? Do you have any favorite books set in hotels that you think should be added to this list? Let me know in the comments below!

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