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Most Provocative OpenThread: Should Hotels Ditch Bibles Once and For All?

December 31, 2010 at 9:06 AM | by | ()

It's what you've been waiting all year for--The 2010 HotelChatter Awards! We'll be bringing you the best and worst of the year all day today and part of tomorrow. Agree or disagree with our picks? Air your thoughts in comments below.

It's no secret that we at HotelChatter have very strong opinions about what we see in hotels but we like to think our minds can be changed (but not when it comes to free WiFi.) That's why we like to open up the conversation to our awesome readers, some of whom are traveling even more than us, not to mention working in hotels day-in and day-out.

Our OpenThread topics typically range from booking rooms to hotel services to room preferences but the one that seemed to provoke the most was the one about Hotel Bibles. Are they totally out of fashion or still necessary to keep in the nightstands? Here are some of the comments we received:

Fromage writes:

Forget being politically correct. As a guest, it's interesting to read about the culture I'm visiting. When in Japan, I learned about Buddah. When in the Middle East, I picked up a bit of knowledge about the Koran. When in Utah (or any Mariott) I have read a bit of the book of mormon. And when visiting any traditionally Christian country (or hotel brand from such a country), I sometimes get inspired to read the best-selling book of all time (the Bible).

James J. Speiser takes a different tack:

I think it's very presumptuous of hotels to only provide a Bible, on the assumption that everyone who stays in the room will be Christian. I'm an atheist. Why not provide some of the works of Paul Kurtz, who's written inspirational books for secular humanists?

Corkyboy says they might be useful in difficult times:

One never knows what trials someone is going through. Having easy access to a Bible may just be what they need to see them through.

While Yadin111 thinks all bases should be covered:

There should be a collection of books from all the major religions, not just Christianity. Just having a bible is an outdated idea that doesn't apply in our modern day religious life.

And Emstone has our favorite suggestion yet:

AKA Hotels, at least the Arlington one, has a copy of "everything i ever need to know i learned in kindergarten" in lieu of any religious material! I thought it's a brilliant answer to this question.

Wanna share your own thoughts on bibles in hotel rooms? Put it here.

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