Typically now only found in small bed-and-breakfasts, high-end safari lodges and independent luxury hotels, guest books, reinvented for the modern era, are increasingly landing in larger - and often corporately backed - accommodations.

Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group Inc., for example, is in the process of creating locally inspired experiences in individual rooms at 20 of its hotel properties, furnishing the room with a guest book that goes beyond simple name-and-date inscriptions.

“We envision these very different and creative takes on the guest book to foster emotional ties,” said Kimpton senior vice president of hotel operations, Nick Gregory, about the aptly titled Stay Human Project initiative. “With our fast-paced lives, it’s an invitation to take pause and to create meaningful shared experiences.”