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- University Arms, Cambridge, UK
- The Mandrake, London, UK
- Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Library Hotel, New York, US
- The Taj Falaknuma, Hyderabad, India
- Le Pavillon des Lettres, Paris, France
- The Standard, London, UK
- The Literary Man, Obidos, Portugal
- The Library Hotel, Koh Samui, Thailand
- Hotel Café Royal, London, UK
Get cosy in these hotels (Picture: Alamy/The Mandrake/The Literary Man)
Looking for the perfect literary retreat?
There are a number of brilliant hotels around the world that book lovers can get lost in.
We’ve rounded up some of the very best spots that prioritise reading and comfort. From impressive libraries to author-themed rooms, these creative locations offer all kinds of interesting features.
So bookworms, take note, here are some spots to keep in mind when planning your next break.
University Arms, Cambridge, UK
Go back to school at this getaway (Picture: Simon Brown)
Booker lovers and writers will find lots to love about this quintessentially British hotel in Cambridge, which boasts Edwardian interiors with leather-padded writing desks and ottomans.
The suites at this hotel have been named after the world’s most famous writers, and the venue’s collection of books has been curated by the team behind Heywood Hill – one of the capital’s most prestigious bookshops.
In many ways, it gives a pleasant dose of ‘back-to-school’ reading and writing nostalgia.
The Mandrake, London, UK
One of the luxurious rooms (Picture: The Mandrake)
Booker lovers may be familiar with the mandrake from Harry Potter – although the real-life botanical version doesn’t scream. This hotel, named after the hallucinogenic plant, is found in the heart of Fitzrovia and is the brainchild of Beirut-born Londoner Rami Fustok – who has a background in the capital’s street art scene.
As well as luxurious rooms, another key selling point for this hotel is its library, featuring literature-inspired art and an enormous collection of books – covering everything from philosophy to science.
Go grab a book and relax in the hotel’s impressive wild greenhouse or courtyard.
Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Book Collector’s Suite (Picture: Hotel Pulitzer)
Named after newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer (not to mention the prestigious author prize in his memory), this Amsterdam hotel is another great option for bookworms.
The spacious lobby is filled with plenty of reading material – and those with a bit more money to spend can splash out on the Book Collector’s Suite – which comes with its own private library.
Library Hotel, New York, US
Inside the Library Hotel (Picture: Michael Kirby/REX/Shutterstock)
There are more than 6,000 books at this New York hotel as well as a writer’s den, poetry garden and book-themed lounge area. What’s more, every room is filled with books chosen to fit the theme for that particular floor.
The Mythology Room is particularly outstanding – with incredible views of the New York Public Library.
The Taj Falaknuma, Hyderabad, India
The library at Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad (Picture: Leisa Tyler/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Found in Hyderabad, India, the five-star Taj Falaknuma Palace was built in a restored 19th-century palace – so is a luxury experience in so many ways.
The hotel library is an interesting blend of Italian and Tudor architecture and offers a collection of rare finds. So you’ll be able to immerse yourself in a good book for a few hours in beautiful surroundings.
Le Pavillon des Lettres, Paris, France
Plenty of reading material (Picture: David Grimbert)
This creative Parisian hotel has rooms dedicated to both a letter of the alphabet and an author. Guests will find lines from plays, novels and poems etched above the beds and at the hotel library there’s everything a book lover could possibly wish for – from dusty paperbacks to comics.
The Standard, London, UK
70s vibes (Picture: The Standard)
This London hotel has an impressive library once home to Camden Council. Books are curated into interesting categories such as order and chaos, science and religion and adult relationships.
Elsewhere in the hotel, the rooms nod to 70s style with geometric shapes and retro tiles.
The Literary Man, Obidos, Portugal
Surrounded by brilliant titles (Picture: The Literary Man)
This spot in Portugal is one for book lovers to add to their bucket list. That’s because the entire hotel is actually a bookstore – with more than 45,000 titles. And there’s something for everyone with recipe books, poetry, fiction, historical covers and more.
If that wasn’t enough, the cocktail lounge offers drinks named after literary legends.
The Library Hotel, Koh Samui, Thailand
A visual masterpiece (Picture: The Library Hotel)
This ultra white hotel on the Thai island of Koh Samui has the look and feel of a contemporary gallery.
The hotel’s famous library features creative seating and unusual bookshelf placements. With more than 1,400 books and views looking over the red-bottomed pool and beach, it’s the perfect spot to get stuck into some reading.
Hotel Café Royal, London, UK
A past hangout for literary greats (Picture: Hotel Café Royal)
This location in London was once a meeting place for the UK’s greatest writers, including the likes of Arthur Conan Doyle, H G Wells and Oscar Wilde – the latter is even the inspiration for the hotel bar’s name.
It’s also an extra special literary spot, as this corner in Mayfair featured in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, in PG Wodehouse’s novels and in William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.
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