Books & Travel
Books and travel naturally go hand in hand–long train rides, hours in the airport lounge, flights that seem to take forever. Reading on the beach or grabbing a book from a cruise ship’s library. It’s a great break for your mind as you cart yourself off to the next destination.
It’s no wonder then that some hotels have decided to go all-out on their passion for books, creating literary-themed rooms, extensive libraries or boasting the time a famous writer came to stay. Books have a way of cozying up a place. Sometimes it’s just the ambiance that makes you feel like a character in a novel! Here are our Top 9 Hotels for Book Lovers to check out around the world.
Top 9 Hotels for Book Lovers
Wanderlust Hotel, Singapore
The Wanderlust Hotel is a four-story boutique hotel with a funky twist. Built as a school in the 1920s, its 29 rooms have since been redesigned as an homage to both eccentricity and vintage. Neon lights, vintage print ads, pop art, minimalism, and monochromatic hues make you feel like you’ve stepped into some imagined future. Each room has a unique theme; you can slumber in an indoor tree house, a spaceship, or, to all those bibliophiles out there, a giant typewriter.
Address: 2 Dickson Rd, Singapore 209494
St. Regis New York, New York City
Here’s something a bit unusual–St. Regis’ Astor Digital Library has stacks of leather-bound goods, but they’re not exactly books. Within each of those skins is actually a Kindle, loaded with the hotel’s founder John Jacob Astor IV’s original collection. You can check out classic digital titles like Oliver Twist and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Astor commissioned 3,000 titles from publishers Scribner & Sons, and the originals now sit behind glass at the hotel. Not wanting to deprive the guests the staff have graciously transferred all the copies into digital format for all to enjoy!
Address: 2 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022, USA
Vive Hotel Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
This boutique hotel’s on-site Recycled Reads Library means that guests can grab some beachside reading any time of the day. They also have a themed Library Suite, complete with a cartography-inspired cushion, book-lined wall, cozy chair and even a crystal chandelier. Makes for a comfy lounge to relax in after hitting the beach.
Address: 2426 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Sylvia Beach Hotel, Newport, Oregon
Oregon is home to many writers–Chuck Palahniuk, Ursula Le Guin, Ken Kesey–so it’s only rational the state would have so many literary destinations! The Sylvia Beach Hotel prides itself on its literary-themed rooms. Stay and be inspired by classic authors such as Steinbeck, JK Rowling, Shakespeare, Jules Verne, Tolkien, Agatha Christie and others. Everything’s built to encourage the art of reading: a large lending library, no televisions, no phones and no (le gasp!) WiFi.
Address: 267 NW Cliff St, Newport, OR 97365, USA
The Gladstone, Flintshire, North Wales
The monumental Gladstone in Wales is unique on this list in that it’s a library, first and foremost. Readers and writers are welcome to browse over 250,000 volumes in an armchair. Allegedly over 300 books have been penned in its hallowed halls. It just so happens that you can also spend the night, but of course be prepared for book-themed decor.
Address: Church Ln, Hawarden CH5 3DF, UK
Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, India
The enchanting Taj Falaknuma Palace dates back more than 100 years. The Nizam, sovereign of Hyderabad once resided in its palatial quarters–now it’s a gorgeous hotel that overlooks the city. From the moment you check in, you’re treated like royalty. Palace butlers wait on you hand and foot. It’s something out of a 19th-century British colonial novel! Indulge yourself with five-star luxury, furnished with Belgian chandeliers, Florentine sculptures, and a dining table that sits 100! Stay in one of the 60 elegant suites restored by Princess Esra, wife to the Nizam. Sleep the night away like a King or Princess, with splendid views of the old city of Hyderabad. And if that doesn’t sell you, the Palace also boasts an impressive library with over 5,000 volumes of rare books and manuscripts. It would take you more than 16 years to read them all!
Address: Engine Bowli, Fatima Nagar, Falaknuma, Hyderabad, Telangana 500053, India
Heathman Hotel, Portland, OR
The Heathman is another Oregon local with more than 4,000 volumes, many signed by Nobel Prize winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, US Poet Laureates, authors who have stayed at the hotel–even former US presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton! The library stores 20 feet of gorgeous oak bookcases. Guests can read the book in the library with a glass of complimentary wine, or check it out (with a few exceptions) with a $125 deposit. It’s an impressive collection, with one caveat: the only way to get your book among the stands, is to spend a night in the hotel!
Address: 1001 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205, USA
The Cloister at Sea Island, Sea Island, Georgia
The Cloister is a charming country-house with a beach club, private shoreline, and PGA golf courses. Everything you need for some private time. Their library, a cozy sitting room with a Southern vibe, adds to the effect. But don’t let its small-scale bookshelves fool you–it houses more than 4,000 books! The chef also likes to throw literary-themed dinners, with menus inspired by various gems of literature.
Address: 100 Cloister Dr, Sea Island, GA 31561, USA
Il Salviatino, Florence, Italy
Il Salviatino is a restored 15th-century villa just northeast of Florence that positively oozes luxury. We’re talking 19th-century frescoes, landscaped gardens, summer pools and flora bursting with estival glee. The library has all the regality of an aristocrat’s private collection, with leather couches and vaulted ceilings to boot. As well as a great place for a lazy afternoon aperitivo, it’s a wonderful place to recline with a leather book.
Address: Via del Salviatino, 21, 50137 Fiesole FI, Italy
So the next time you’re in town, look one up! Have you stayed at one of these hotels? Let us know in the comments!
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