Books have always been the perfect travel companions and now there are hotels that can take your love for literature a step further by offering well-stocked libraries, book-themed rooms, and other amenities that are sure to please wandering bookworms. If you’re looking to escape reality both figuratively and literally, plan your next vacation at one of these literary-inspired hotels.
1. Library Hotel, New York City
The Library Hotel in New York City has a collection of 6,000 books spread out over 10 floors, each of which honors one of the major categories of the Dewey Decimal System—technology, math and science, social sciences, literature, general knowledge, the arts, religion, philosophy, languages, and history.
2. Gladstone’s Library, Wales
In this historic hotel in Flintshire, Wales, guests can spend the night surrounded by the book collection of one of UK’s most famous prime ministers, William Gladstone. Gladstone served four terms on Her Majesty’s government before retiring at the Hawarden Castle. He collected over 30,000 books in his lifetime.
3. The Jefferson, Washington, D.C.
As the name suggests, this D.C. boutique hotel draws inspiration from the life of Thomas Jefferson—with a luxurious twist. It features a library modeled after the president’s personal library, including titles that are reflective of his taste.
4. The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand
The Library is a luxury beachfront hotel that invites guests to sit in quiet contemplation with a book against the seductive backdrop of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach.
5. Heathman Hotel, Portland, Oregon
Portland’s iconic Heathman Hotel has a library that boasts 2,700 signed titles that include signatures from U.S. Poet Laureates, Pulitzer winners, Nobel Laureates, former U.S. presidents, and more. The in-house librarian regularly hosts wine socials in the mezzanine library where guests can enjoy local vintages while browsing through hotel’s titles.
6. The Study at Yale, New Haven, Connecticut
This boutique hotel is located at the heart of Yale University’s Art Campus. The Study captures the essence of the Yale experience with eight “study” suites that have designated study areas stocked with bookshelves.
7. Book and Bed, Tokyo, Japan
Ever wanted to live in a bookcase? Book and Bed is a bookstore-themed hostel where guests sleep in little cubby holes surrounded by over 5,000 books. Prices start at $39 per night.
8. The Betsy, Miami, Florida
Guests at The Betsy can enjoy the beach with books from the small libraries in their rooms. This glamorous South Beach hotel even has a “writer’s room” reserved for artist residencies.
9. Sylvia Beach Hotel, Newport, Oregon
This Oregon hotel is named after American publisher Sylvia Beach who founded the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris. She was friends with literary greats like Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and was the publisher of James Joyce’s famous novel, Ulysses. Each of the hotel’s literary-themed rooms is named after a famous author, including Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, J. R. R. Tolkien, and others.
10. The Commons Hotel, Minneapolis
What could be better than snuggling up by a fire with a good book delivered right to your room by a resident book butler? That’s what guests can expect at The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis..
11. Wine Library at the B2 Boutique Hotel & Spa, Zürich, Switzerland
The Wine Library at B2 Boutique Hotel & Spa has a collection of over 33,000 books. You can chill out and read a good book while enjoying a nice glass of wine or the hotel’s signature Hürlimann beer.
12. Eurostars Book Hotel, Munich, Germany
Each floor at Eurostars Book Hotel is dedicated to a literary genre and according to the hotel’s website, the corridors and rooms “pay tribute to the great writings of world history.”