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Madrid hotel built library book by book

A hotel in the Spanish capital has created a library of books left behind by the guests. The hotel has created a 250-book library out of the forgotten items.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2008 18:19 IST

A hotel in the Spanish capital has created a library of books left behind by the guests. Many travellers leave books behind in their hurry to catch flights or get to the railway station on time. The hotel has created a 250-book library out of the forgotten items. <b1>

The downtown Conde Duque hotel’s collection includes paperback novels, travel guides and art books in English, Spanish, Japanese, Greek, Chinese, Dutch and other languages.

The wide variety of languages is due to the fact that the guests of the hotel are mostly foreigners and business travellers who often carry books inside their luggage.

The eclectic collection includes a cookbook with traditional Roman recipes, a title about Michael Jackson’s dance steps, the memoirs of Spanish bullfighter Jose Ortega Cano and handbooks of natural remedies.

The idea for the library emerged a year ago, when the hotel’s sales manager, Paloma Cabranes, used a small vitrine to store roughly 40 titles that guests had left behind in the hotel’s 143 rooms.

“The clean-up crew left the books forgotten by guests with me, but as the numbers grew, I decided to put them in a vitrine so my colleagues and guests could use them,” Cabranes said.

Now that the library has expanded, some guests have begun to leave books behind on purpose to further enlarge the collection.

As many items other than books are also left behind, the hotel now is considering how it can make the best use of these.