Nothing beats curling up with a good book after a long day of exploring. However, it can be tricky business whittling down which titles to take on your travels – or even fitting them in your suitcase! Of course, there are many other digital means nowadays which means we can practically download anything on-the-go, but if you’re like us, then there’s nothing better than picking up a real, weathered paperback indulged by hundreds. Whether you’re a full on bookworm, an architecture lover or an interior appreciator (something for Instagram of course), check yourself into one of these hotels with well-stocked libraries and be enchanted by the impressive collections that surround you.
This minimalist hotel is the ideal literary retreat. Situated on Thailand’s Chaweng beach, The Library is an enchanting beachfront hotel inviting guests to sit back and relax with a book whilst indulging in their luxurious surroundings. Each of the suites and villas host a plethora of literary works such as; The Editor, Bookmark Suite, The Writer, etc – so of course, we had to pick this hotel as number 1 because the word is in the name! Although this elegant escape is famous for its red-tiled pool, take a moment to browse through the pristine strikingly white library, The Lib, and be spoilt for choice by its curated collection of over 1400 books of various genres to choose from! Sit back, relax, order a cocktail or two and indulge in a fictional fantasy whilst you indulge in the picture-perfect surroundings.
Fully immersing yourself in literature can really be one of the most relaxing experiences, and Villa Spalletti Trivelli is the ideal spot to indulge in some fine historical literature. Nestled in the centre of the enchanting city of Rome, feel like a sixteenth-century Roman Lord at this sophisticated hotel. Boasting plush private gardens, rich fabrics and antique furnishings, this historical hotel provides the ideal ample space to read, relax and reflect. So why not cosy up by the fire in the panelled library and read one of the books from Count Spalletti’s original collection!
Pack your bags and travel back in time to the year 1200. Nestled within the historical centre of Florence, right on the iconic Via de’ Tornabuoni street, check-in to the magical Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1. Once a medieval tower, now an enchanting boutique hotel, this is your perfect literary stay. From traditional high ceilings to parquet flooring, be sure to check yourself into one of their Library Rooms or the Library Jr. Suite; each fully furnished with wall-to-wall libraries! Kick back and relax, indulge in some magical Florentine literature and feel like you’re the true king of the castle in this historic mansion. Antica Torre truly is the perfect combination of history and relaxation. Be sure to venture up to the rooftop terrace for awe-inspiring views of Florence!
The perfect haven that enables you to feel completely free and relaxed after a long day exploring the heavily populated urban environment of Beijing, the architectural beauty of CHAO Beijing is the perfect combination for all bookworms and architecture lovers. Filled with seriously large spaces and authentic furniture, indulge in the sophisticated setting of the 24-hour library and browse through the ceiling-high bookshelves – fully stocked with a wide selection of literature, classics, fiction and periodicals. Whether you’re a night owl or an early riser, the library at CHAO is perfect for all. You can also indulge in some delicious afternoon tea in the library!
Perched in the heart of St Germain-des-Pres, the soul of bohemian style since the 1960s, discover a Parisian library at the enchanting L’Hotel. This private, romantic and stunningly fashionable boutique hotel is famously known for being Oscar Wilde's last home – so what better place to cosy up with a book than in a famous Irish poet and playwright’s house? Filled with velvet sofas, marble pillars and lavish colour schemes, Le Bar is set up as a library; so sip on an Old Fashioned or two, browse through the magnificent volumes of literature and indulge in the discrete glamour that surrounds you. No wonder the hotel’s privacy has made it a celebrity favourite!
Escape to the enchanting Indian Himalayas and check yourself into the intimate haven of The Kumaon. Nestled above the treetops, this minimalist mountain design is your perfect retreat. With a fully-stocked library, discover your favourite book or board game, perch yourself by the window or by the fire, and indulge in the magical panoramic treetops that surround you. The Kumaon reads just like an elegant monograph – a minimalist splendour nestled in the Himalayas that invites you to cosy up with a book while weaving its own story of natural beauty.
Once the home of the Portuguese novelist Eça de Queirós, escape to one of Europe's oldest cities and check yourself into the eighteenth-century mansion, now turned elegant boutique hotel, As Janelas Verdes. Situated next to the National Ancient Art Museum, the enchanting library is its main point of interest – even if you’re not in the mood for reading. Choose from one of the well-stocked old books, get comfy on one of the ornate armchairs and take in the breathtaking views over the Tagus river from the sprawling library terrace. The opulent furnishings, the antique objects and the historic art that fill this old-fashioned literary residence will truly leave you feeling like you’ve taken a trip back in time to the eighteenth-century.
Surrounded by the magnificent Dolomites, experience the true feeling of heaven on earth at the Seehof Nature Retreat. Perched next to a glittering lake in the middle of enchanting woodland, we can’t recommend a more relaxing escape than here! Where the freedom of peace and quiet is just the beginning, make your way to La Biblioteca and indulge in over 200 hand picked titles in German, Italian, English and Ladino at your disposal. From books on legends and history, to romantic novels and more, switch off and become a free spirit in this immersive haven whilst you fully indulge yourself in a good book or two. The Seehof Nature Retreat truly is a story book within itself.
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