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It is fairly well known that the founders of the Marriott hotel chain are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (aka Mormons). And that in most Marriott hotels, there are usually Bibles and Books of Mormon in the side table drawer of each hotel room.
Now, with the merger of Marriott and Starwood, it is being reported that Bibles and Books of Mormon have been introduced into the Starwood brands. It’s already started and by the end of the year, the books will be placed in nearly 300,000 new hotel rooms.
Which Marriotts and Starwoods get the books (and which do not)
According to the article, this is a policy that Marriott does not talk about a lot. In any case, it did mention that there were some hotel brands and countries that do not get Bibles or Books of Mormon.
- W Hotels
- The Design Hotel brand
- Moxy (existing Marriott brand)
- Edition (existing Marriott brand)
- Hotels in certain locations such as Vietnam or Indonesia
So if you’re staying in one of the other Starwood-now-Marriott brands such as Four Points, Sheraton, Element, St. Regis or others, expect to see these religious materials
A note on comments – like the Marriotts, I am also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. So if you want to comment on the policy itself, that is fine. Comments with ad-hominem attacks on me, the Marriott family or the church itself (especially with the oh-so-witty and clever “Mor(m)ons” slur) will not be approved.