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Was Travelodge Right To Ditch Its Hotel Bibles?

August 18, 2014 at 9:34 AM | by | ()

A Bible in your bedside drawer has always been one of those comforting mediocre hotel room givens, like toiletries of dubious provenance and chocolates – if you’re lucky enough to get them – that taste of cardboard. But could this be coming to an end?

Travelodge is currently coming under fire in the UK for removing Bibles from all its hotel rooms, “because of diversity reasons” and “‘in order not to discriminate against any religion”. Predictably, there’s a firestorm of people on Twitter vowing to switch allegiance to Premier Inn, and the Church of England declaring that: “It seems both tragic and bizarre that hotels would remove the word of God for the sake of ergonomic design, economic incentive or a spurious definition of the word ‘diversity’.”

In actual fact, the story isn’t as extreme as it sounds at first – the Bibles, which were always provided free of charge by the Gideon Society, haven’t been burned or chucked out – Travelodge says they are being “retained” and will be doled out by reception on request. What’s more, in surely the most telling part of this story, Travelodge says this decision was taken in 2007, and the hotels have been steadily implementing it since then, without receiving any complaints until the Daily Mail got wind of it last week.

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Indigo Newcastle's Bedside Kindles Help Praise Your God

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  Site Where: 2-8 Fenkle Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, NE1 5XU
October 8, 2012 at 11:56 AM | by | ()

We’ve talked about it before, even had a full out heated discussion about it, but the Hotel Indigo Newcastle has actually thought about changing the way they do the in-room bible. No, not another hotel changing it to 50 Shades of Grey, but utilizing some progressive thinking about what we think is common place.

When the hotel opened this past June it quickly replaced all bibles in their 148 rooms with Kindles loaded with the religious text. Since our previous discussions have resulted in the recommendation to put more than one faith’s main book, guests will have the opportunity to upload the Bible, Quran, Torah, or The Book of Mormon. In fact, any religious writing is available as long as it's on Amazon and under 5 GBP ($8). Then again, if you aren't particularly spiritual, we're certain you'll be praying at the in-house altar that is MPW Steakhouse Bar & Grill, brainchild of celebrity-chef Marco Pierre White.

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Andaz Heading to India, Baccarat Will Open in Midtown and '50 Shades of Grey' Replaces the Bible

July 13, 2012 at 1:41 PM | by | ()

There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.

· Andaz Is Heading to India: Hyatt Hotels have just announced plans for an Andaz Hotel in Guragon, India. The hotel will have 275 rooms along with 75 serviced apartments. Very interesting. There will also be a multi-cuisine restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, a specialty restaurant, a bar and gourmet store, a six-treatment room spa, a fitness center and a swimming pool. And Andaz brand standards like free WiFi and complimentary minibar drinks and snacks, we presume. Andaz Guragon will open in Late 2014.

· Baccarat Hotel & Residences Definitely Opening in Midtown Manhattan: Looks like the Starwood Stalker was right. Baccarat Hotels, a super-luxe hotel brand that was conceived in the hotel boom years but never panned out, is coming to Midtown Manhattan in the old Donnell Library on W. 53rd Street. The New York Times reports the hotel will have 114 rooms and 64 condos spread over 45 stories. Interestingly, the hotel's design will meet feng shui standards.

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India's Taj Falaknuma Palace Might Just Be a Librarian's Double Rainbow

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  Site Where: Engine Bowli, Falaknuma, Hyderabad, India, 500 053
January 7, 2011 at 2:06 PM | by | ()

The newly opened Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, India, has a lot of cool features, like it is one of the country's last remaining grand palaces, and it's built entirely of Italian marble and in the shape of a scorpion. But the geeks that we are, we're digging its expansive library.

The hotel carries more than 5,900 books in its Imperial Library. You'll find tomes on literature, history and religion. Though the standout is a rare collection of the holy Quran.

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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:

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Should Hotels Ditch Bibles Once and For All?

June 17, 2010 at 9:55 AM | by | ()

The yin and yang of top-drawer reading material at the Shangri-La Sydney.

When we first enter a hotel room, we like to poke around and open drawers, checking out every tiny detail. But we were shocked to see a bible—and The Teaching of Buddha—when we flung open the nightstand drawer at the Shangri-La Sydney recently.

We shouldn't have been, of course. Bibles have been a mainstay of hotel rooms for at least a century. But aside from this encounter, we haven't actually seen one in eons. As hotels increasingly focus on providing geeked-up rooms with fancy light settings, glossy flatscreen TVs, and (more, please) free WiFi, they seem to be leaving the good old Gideons behind. But is this a good thing or not? Are hotels losing their religion, and does anyway care?

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Hotel News Briefs :: A Look at Gwen Stefani's Uniforms for W Hotel Bars

September 17, 2008 at 5:57 PM | by | ()

There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.

· L.A.M.B. Uniforms for W Hotels' Female Bar Staff: This is what they will look like. While not as boring as we first thought, those employees better have some great gams to wear such short dresses. [StyleList]

· Dial-up a Religious Text: Gone are the days of Gideon bibles in hotel nightstands. Spiritual menus are the newest religious amenity to hit hotels. [Canadian Press]

· Hilton Sells Pet Friendly Items: Not only is Hilton ok with you bringing your pets into their hotels, but they want you to buy Hilton-branded pet gear. [Hilton to Home]

· Aqua Hotels Says Aloha to Twitter: The Aqua Hotels group in Hawaii is now Twittering. [Twitter]

· CityCenter Slowing Down: So remember yesterday how the Aria Resort at CityCenter was topped off? Well, now there's a new report saying that corrective work being done on the Harmon Hotel is slowing down the overall construction. Yikes. [SF Chronicle]

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Bibles No More in Scandic Hotels

April 10, 2007 at 4:59 PM | by | ()

A tipster let us know that Scandic Hotels will no longer be carrying bibles in their guestrooms. Per the aptly-named Scandic hotel bibles blog:

The whole sad process began with a complaint by a guest who had found a Bible in a drawer in his hotel room. He wrote to Mona Andersson, the head marketing executive at Scandic hotels. She wrote back [my translation]: "Thank you for your e-mail and your views. Yes, we have traditionally had the Bible/New testament available at our hotel rooms. But all religions are welcome at Scandic so as of today we encourage all our hotels to remove the Bible from their rooms. The Bible will be available at the reception as a service for our guests.

All 130 Scandic hotels in ten countries such as Denmark, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands and Norway will pull the bibles from their rooms.

We're guessing this ain't gonna happen at Marriott anytime soon. But never fear, your very own handheld bible trivia game is here!

Related Stories:
· Finding you religion in the nightstand [HotelChatter]
· Must ... remove ... all Bibles ... from all Scandic hotels [Scandic Hotel Bibles]