Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

Hotels are essentially urban constructions, and are not found with any great frequency in fantasy texts; even in Urban Fantasies they do not appear often and, when they do, they generally exhibit most of the characteristics that define an Edifice; their staffs may well be described in terms of Estates Satire. Rare examples of working fantasy hotels feature in Gene Wolfe's There Are Doors (1988) and William Browning Spencer's Zod Wallop (1995); both are edifice-like. The remote, snowbound Outlook Hotel in Stephen King's The Shining (1977) is another example; vast and eerily empty, it is as much a character in the story as any of the human players. This point was stressed even more in the movie version, The Shining (1980). By contrast, the hotel in The Passing of the Third Floor Back (1935) is claustrophobically cramped. Also relevant is Kate Wilhelm's Cambio Bay (1990).

The Genre-Fantasy form of the hotel is the Inn. [JC/JG]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.