The best stays for book lovers around the world

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 best places that prioritize reading and comfort. From impressive libraries to author-themed rooms, these creative places offer all sorts of cool features.

So bookworms take note, here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your next break.

University Arm, Cambridge, UK

Book lovers and writers alike will find plenty to love at this quintessentially British Cambridge hotel, which features Edwardian interiors with leather-upholstered desks and ottomans.

This hotel’s suites are named after the world’s most famous writers and the venue’s book collection has been curated by the team behind Heywood Hill, one of the capital’s most prestigious bookshops.

In many ways, it provides a nice dose of back-to-school reading and writing nostalgia.

The Mandrake, London, UK

Book lovers might be familiar with the mandrake from Harry Potter – although the actual botanical version doesn’t scream. This hotel, named after the hallucinogenic plant, sits 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.

In addition to the luxurious rooms, another key selling point of this hotel is its library, with literature-inspired artwork and a huge collection of books — covering everything from philosophy to science.

Grab a book and relax in the impressive wild greenhouse or in the hotel courtyard.

Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Named after newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer (not to mention the prestigious author award in his memory), this Amsterdam hotel is another great option for bookworms.

The spacious lobby is stocked with reading material — and those with a little more cash to spend can splash out on the Book Collector’s Suite — which includes its own private library.

Library Hotel, New York, USA

There are more than 6,000 books at this New York City hotel as well as a writers’ den, poetry garden, and book-themed lounge. In addition, each room is filled with books chosen according to the theme of that particular floor.

The Mythology Room is particularly noteworthy – with an incredible view of the New York Public Library.

The Taj Falaknuma, Hyderabad, India

Located in Hyderabad, India, the five-star Taj Falaknuma Palace was built in a restored 19th-century palace – so it’s a luxury experience in many ways.

The hotel library is an interesting mix of Italian and Tudor architecture and offers a collection of rare finds. So you can immerse yourself in a good book for a few hours in a beautiful setting.

The Pavilion of Letters, Paris, France

This creative Parisian hotel has rooms dedicated to both a letter of the alphabet and an author. Guests will find lines of plays, novels and poems carved above the beds and in the hotel library there is everything a book lover could want – from dusty paperbacks to comics.

The Standard, London, UK

This London hotel has an impressive library that once housed Camden Council. The books are organized into interesting categories such as order and chaos, science and religion, and adult relationships.

Elsewhere in the hotel, rooms nod to ’70s style with geometric shapes and retro tiles.

Literary man, Obidos, Portugal

This place in Portugal is one for book lovers to add to their to-do list. That’s because the whole hotel is actually a bookstore – with over 45,000 titles. And there’s something for everyone with cookbooks, poetry, fiction, historical covers and more.

If that wasn’t enough, the lounge bar offers drinks named after literary legends.

The Library Hotel, Koh Samui, Thailand

This ultra-white hotel on the Thai island of Koh Samui has the look of a contemporary gallery.

The hotel’s famous library features creative seating and unusual library locations. With over 1,400 books and views of the red-bottom pool and beach, it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in reading.

Hotel Cafe Royal, London, United Kingdom

This London spot was once a meeting place for Britain’s greatest writers, including Arthur Conan Doyle, HG Wells and Oscar Wilde – the latter is even the origin of the hotel bar’s name.

It’s also a very special literary spot, as this corner of Mayfair has featured in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, PG Wodehouse’s novels and William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.

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