Are you a passionate reader? Do you always carry a book with you whenever you are travelling? If you like the scent of the printed paper and you are into alternative tourism, then you must try these 10 library hotels. You could end up having breakfast en-suite in the company of your favourite fictional heroes.
Hotel Pavillon des Lettres, Paris
Located in the 8th arrondissement, a few steps away from the Champs Elysèes and not far from the luxury shops of Rue Faubourg Saint Honoré, the Hotel Pavillon des Lettres is the first Parisian library hotel. This hotel is composed of 26 rooms, as many as the letters of the French alphabet, renamed with the names of poets, writers, novelists of the past and here somehow remembered through some of their narrative masterpieces.
Inside each room, in fact, the words of a book appear on the walls, allowing you to travel with the imagination as if transported inside the story. The architect of the four-star hotel, Didier Benderli, wanted to reconcile writing and the passion for art and design, giving life to a furniture composed of games of colours and textures, preferring the raw materials but also including sumptuous ones such as silk, and allowing the guests to read in a comfortable environment, feeling at home.
The 26 rooms are divided into three groups: Les Literaires, superior rooms of 17 square meters, available for a maximum of two people; Les Belles Lettres, deluxe rooms of 20 square meters; and finally Les Romantiques or junior suites, luxurious rooms with a view over the Eiffel Tower or over the city, also available for three people. Among the services offered by the hotel, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, air conditioning and the ability to bring pets on request.
Prices per night start from €240.
12 Rue des Saussaies, 75008 Paris
+33 1 49 24 26 26
Sylvia Beach Hotel, Newport (Oregon)
Going overseas, even in Newport, there is a hotel dedicated to book lovers. But Sylvia Beach is not only a hotel but also the founder of the famous English bookshop in the heart of Paris, the Shakespeare and Company.
As well as in Paris, the rooms here are renamed with the names of major artists and writers such as Virginia Woolf, Tolkien, Hemingway, Shakespeare, F.S. Fitzgerald, and they’re all furnished according to the theme of the most famous book of the author in question. The three suites are Colette, with a romantic and imperial style; Agata Christie and Mark Twain, all with a fireplace and a small living room with a view.
On the third floor of the building, there is a small library where guests can relax on the armchairs reading a book, with a kitchen at disposal to prepare a coffee or tea. There are also shelves with board games to take a break from reading. In addition, the dining room has eight-seater tables, allowing visitors to socialize with each other, even those travelling alone or couples.
A getaway from the ordinary
The Sylvia Beach Hotel is the classic structure suitable for those who want to isolate themselves from reality and live a unique experience as if they were actually catapulted into a novel. In fact, the hotel does not have Wi-Fi or even a telephone in the room or television. There is a sign outside, though: “When you walk up our garden path up to the front door, the old building will either give you a big hug or spit you out, depending on what really matters to you.” This is to make it clear that not everyone is welcome in the structure, but only those who really love books and their stories.
Prices starting from €100.
267 NW Cliff St, Newport, OR 97365, USA
The Library Hotel, Koh Samui (Thailand)
This five-star boutique hotel is located in Koh Samui, on the white beach of Chaweng, on the north-eastern coast of the country. During their stay, guests can start the day with a great breakfast on the beach and take a dip in the hotel’s red swimming pool.
The rooms are furnished in a minimalist style and in perfect Thai fashion. Two examples are the Floor King Studio and the First Floor King Suites, some of which overlook the sea. All the rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a television, safes and a small dining area. Also to relax, you can take a break at the library of the building to read a good book or use the Apple computers here available. In the evening, The Page restaurant offers European and international cuisine for a dinner under the moonlight.
Prices starting from €330 per night.
14/1 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach, Bo Phut, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
+66 77 422 767
Il Salviatino, Florence
Located on the hills of Fiesole, 15 minutes from the city of Florence, this luxury hotel is open from March to November. Formerly it was a medieval country villa, modified under various owners. Since 1447, Il Salviatino has become a place for cultural exchanges and meetings under the Salviati family. Today, it is a five-star hotel that takes care of offering its exclusive and selected clientele a stay worthy of being remembered over time.
The 45 rooms combine modern comfort with traditional furnishings, opting for the fine Florentine linen made by local artisans and a Renaissance aristocratic style with its works of art. Each suite is also equipped with a hidden bookcase. The hotel also features a Spa in the private garden, creating a unique sensory experience.
Prices from €420 per night.
Via del Salviatino, 21, 50137 Fiesole (FI), Italy
+39 055 904 1111
The Library Hotel, New York
The Library Hotel is located in the heart of Manhattan, on 41st Avenue, in the heart of the main attractions of the Big Apple, such as the New York Public Library and the Empire State Building.
This hotel is recommended for those who love books and want to marginalize for a moment from the chaotic and stressful life of the metropolis.
It consists of 60 rooms divided over ten floors. Each floor represents a particular genre, such as literature, history, medicine, science, and so on, arranged according to the Dewey decimal system, the most widely used method of cataloguing books in libraries. There are three different types of room, also catalogued according to the Dewey system and divided by decimal numbers: the Petite Room with a full-size bed; the Deluxe Room with a queen size bed, and the Junior Suite with a king size bed.
The Reading Room
On the second floor, there is the Reading Room, open 24 hours and offering thousands of books that you can consult. Here you can relax while sipping good coffee or tea accompanied by biscuits. Here is also the place to get a free breakfast, every day from 7.30 am to 10.30 am and in the evening an aperitif with prosecco and snacks from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Moreover, on the fourteenth floor, there is the Author’s Den and Poetry Garden, a terrace set in the green where you can enjoy an exciting panoramic view, maybe together with a great book. In the evening, the area turns into the Bookmark Lounge, a place where delicious cocktails inspired by literature are served.
Among the services offered by the hotel, free Wi-Fi in every room, free newspapers such as the NYT, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, and a small library with a selection of books based on the concept of the room.
Prices start from $200 per night.
299 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017, USA
Book and Bed, Kyoto
Book and Bed define itself as an “accommodation bookshop“, a bookshop where you can also spend the night. It’s a 2-star hostel located in the Ikebukuro district. The books of the hotel are part of the Japanese culture and literature, chosen by Shibuya Publishing and Booksellers. This hotel is considered by many to be the first library in the world, consisting of over 1700 volumes, and even those who do not stay in the structure can access it.
The rooms are 30 all equipped with free Wi-Fi, but the bathroom is shared. There are two types of beds: one called bookshelf, hidden behind the bookshelf itself, and the bunk, the most economical choice in the library. There are also two-bed sizes, standard and compact.
Prices starting from €27 per night.
200 Nakanocho (Shijodori), Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0075, Japan
Hotel not Hotel, Amsterdam
Designed by the Amsterdam-O studio guys from the Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Hotel not Hotel has 20 rooms and has been renamed as the most extravagant hotel in Europe. The building maintains the original structure from 1800, with high ceilings and brick walls, while the interior styling has been completely transformed. For example, the rooms are located inside train cars or on the library shelves, all distinguished by a number. The most popular room is the 965, which is a tram in the middle of the hall, with a king size bed, wooden walls and vintage lamps. Then there are the Secret Bookcases, ten secret rooms, from S to XL, placed behind the library; the Printed House, whose furnishings are characterized by 3D prints; and the Fading Colours, whose walls are painted with watercolours.
Included in the services offered by the hotel, a 14-seat table where you can relax while reading books, a library open to the public and a space dedicated to exhibitions of contemporary artworks.
The Kevin Bacon Bar is the restaurant connected to the hotel, where you can enjoy coffee or a cappuccino in good company; and don’t forget the terrace, the Whitey the White.
Prices starting from €50 per night.
Piri Reïsplein 34, 1057 KH Amsterdam
+31 20 820 4538
Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden (Galles)
Not far from Liverpool, there is a real library with a selection of over 250,000 books, founded by the prime minister William Gladstone. The surprise is, it’s also possible to spend the night there. In fact, the structure has 26 rooms that represent the perfect place to write books.
About 590 volumes have seen the light within these walls. Gladstone’s Library is the favourite place of many writers because of the special atmosphere that you breathe here, thanks to the furniture made of leather armchairs, Persian rugs, the inevitable fireplace, and spacious desks. Also, in each room are placed shelves where you can store your books, in addition to tea and coffee. The offers available are half board and full board, including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
A single room with shared bathroom goes for £65, double for £93. While single rooms with en-suite facilities are priced at £75 and double at £98.
Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3DF, UK
+44 1244 532350
B2 Boutique Hotel, Zurich
Built inside a former brewery, this Swiss hotel offers its guests many interesting services, such as the Spa, where you can relax without thinking about the busy city life. In addition, there is a majestic library, more than 2 meters high and carrying about 33000 volumes, to be consulted with a tasty dish of tapas, a selection of local cheeses (with holes, strictly) and a mug of beer or a glass of good wine. Alternatively, a hearty sweet or savoury breakfast can be enjoyed in the Library Lounge, which includes gipfeli, or Swiss-style croissants, zopf, a type of braided bread, bacon with herbs and air-dried pancetta. In short, a perfect environment for compulsive readers of books and lovers of gourmet dishes.
Every room of the B2 Boutique Hotel offers free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, slippers and a shower or bath tube. The 60 rooms available are made of precious wood and it’s possible to choose between the standard double or single bed and the suites.
Prices starting from €390.
Brandschenkestrasse 152, 8002 Zürich
+41 44 567 67 67
Casa Palopò, Guatemala
If you are a fan of the Mayan culture, its traditions, customs, and legends, you must mark this hotel on your to-do list. Located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, with a direct view of the San Pedro volcano, among the services accessible to tourists there is also the library with thousands of books related to the Mayan and British culture.
The 10 rooms of Casa Palopò are furnished according to the tastes of local artisans, enriched with works of art, ceramics and precious fabrics.
Prices starting from €420.
Carretera a San Antonio Palopó km 6.8, San Antonio Palopó, Guatemala
+502 7762 2270