Your hotel room probably has a bible, because the Gideons distribute them for free. They started doing this in 1908 at the Superior Hotel in Superior, Montana. And they give away bibles also to hospitals, jails, and medical offices. Worldwide they reportedly give out 80 million bibles per year. The Gideons were formed by two men sharing a hotel room in 1898.
With ubiquitous internet in hotels, though, I’m not sure whether paying to distribute physical copies makes sense anymore. Anyone who wants can read it free online. Still, the average life of a hotel room bible is six years and ‘thou shalt not steal’ notwithstanding Gideons keeps replacing ones that go missing for free.
If you’re going to have a physical bible in a hotel room, it has to go somewhere. Traditionally it might go in a drawer by the bedside, but hotel rooms don’t always have night stands anymore. Especially where properties are trying to cram more rooms into a space they’ll use more ‘efficient’ furnishings. If there’s a place to put things by the bedside it may just be a ledge attached to the wall.
At the 9 year old Hyatt Place Reno airport, they have a creative solution. Put it in the bathroom..
That may seem like an odd place for it, but in the bathroom you do have a rather captive audience for reading.
With as many time as people call out "Good Lord" in the bathroom why not 🤣 😄.
— Hyatt Concierge (@HyattConcierge) April 5, 2018