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One of Agatha Chrstie’s most famous hotel stories revolves a mystery at Bertram’s Hotel in London – often thought to be based on Brown’s Hotel. Since then, many famous hotels all over the world have been made famous through various novels and famous movies we have all enjoyed.
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One of Agatha Chrstie’s most famous hotel stories revolves a mystery at Bertram’s Hotel in London – often thought to be based on Brown’s Hotel . The elderly sleuth, Miss Marple stays at the elegant hotel she remembers from her childhood. Her plot involves international adventurer Bess Sedgwick and Lady Selena Hazy.

A doorman working at the hotel is killed. But when it is learned that he is from Bess' past, Bess becomes is the prime suspect. Coincidentally, another guest - the elderly vicar - Canon Pennyfather disappears to Lucerne in Switzerland. Plus, there emerges the complication of a string of robberies that have occurred during the last few months. Are these incidences connected? Miss Marple goes on the hunt to find the murderer.

First published in 1965, Bertrams Hotel was made into a TV adaptation starring Joan Hickson in 1986. The TV production removed a number of characters and marginally changed to plot to include Nazi war criminals with stolen identities along with stolen artworks.
The original publication retailed for sixteen shillings.


Cadogan Hotel, London

Within the walls of the stately 1887 Edwardian townhouse, Oscar Wilde was a frequent guest. He was arrested at the hotel in 1895. Poet laureate, John Betjeman commemorated the arrest in his poem ‘The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel.’ The hotel renamed the room where the handcuffing occurred as the 'Oscar Wilde Room' the time of the arrest, it was simply room no. 118.

Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

Located in the lively French Quarter, Hotel Monteleone was named an official literary landmark by the Friends of the Library Association in 1999. Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams wrote of this hotel numerous times in their works. They were frequent guests. Taking it one step further, Truman Capote often claimed that he was born in Hotel Monteleone. However, Capote was born in a nearby hospital.

Hotel Elysee, New York City

Joe DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, Ava Gardner all called Hotel Elysee home at some time. But the most notable resident was probably playwright Tennessee Williams. He lived there for fifteen years until his death in 1983. Williams wrote all of his later works in his suite. Rumour suggests that guests complained about his late night typing. Today, the hotel boasts a presidential suite in Williams's honour.

Washington Square Hotel, New York City

The Hotel Washington Square is more than a hundred years old. The famous Welsh poet and writer, Dylan Thomas enjoyed its hospitality. On his first tour of the United States, Thomas lived in the Washington Square Hotel (then the Hotel Earle) after his eviction from his previous hotel for loud, late-night partying and outlandish room service requests.

Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeriah - Istanbul

Built in the late 1800s, the Pera may have must have inspired Agatha Christie to write ‘Murder on the Orient Express.’ The Agatha Resteraunt pays homage to her stay. Apparently Earnest Hemingway enjoyed the Orient Bar and in his short story ‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro,’ the protagonist stays at the hotel while serving in the military. The Ernest Hemingway Suite is named after the former guest.

The Plaza, New York City.

After the success of ‘In Cold Blood,’ Truman Capote threw a lavish party -- dubbed the Black and White Ball - at The Plaza. Invitations were highly sought after and only the ‘in’-crowd was on the guest. Capote wasn't the only well-known literary figure to party at the iconic hotel. F. Scott Fitzgerald spent so much time at The Plaza that Hemingway suggested his friend leave his liver to Princeton and his heart to The Plaza. The hotel named the Fitzgerald Suite in his honour.

Algonquin Hotel, New York City

William Faulkner wrote his acceptance speech for the 1949 Nobel Prize in the hotel’s lobby. The Algonquin hosted many famous literary minds. It was one of the first hotels to accept single female guests. The Algonquin has been a temporary home to Gertrude Stein and Maya Angelou. It was the site of the famous Round Table meetings in the 1920s. This included Robert E. Sherwood, Dorothy Parker, George F. Kaufman, and Edna Ferber. They frequently met for lunch daily to discuss everything from literature to politics. The hotel's on-site resteraunt is named in the group's honour.

GoldenEye Hotel & Resort, Jamaica

The name, GoldenEye Resort is no accident. In fact, ‘007’ himself was born on the property's lush grounds when writer Ian Fleming owned the oceanfront land. Every year, the scribe spent several months in his massive villa, writing all fourteen of his famous James Bond tales. Today, the Fleming Villa remains intact and features its own private pool with the writer’s original desk over which he slaved year after year.

Dukes Hotel, London

When Fleming was not in the Caribbean, he frequented the bar at the Dukes Hotel. This hotel, by all accounts, is where he come up with the line; ‘shaken, not stirred.’ Unsurprisingly, the bar specializes in martinis, and even offers a martini masterclass for those hoping to whip up a cocktail worthy of approval by 007.