The Most Amazing Hotel Libraries
We know you’re not checking in to a glamorous hotel to read. But these properties have such jewel-box libraries, you might skip a night on the town for one in your suite (with a glass of local wine and a book). One thing is certain: they put the Kindle to shame.
The Library Hotel, New York City
You’d expect a hotel named after a library to have one, but you wouldn’t expect one like this: a 24-hour reading room with complimentary cappuccino (and cookies), overlooking Madison Avenue, along with a book collection of 6,000 volumes spread among all guestrooms (be sure to request a room with a topic you’re interested in). Want to read by the fire? Hit the 14th floor Writer’s Den.
The Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA
You’re just a quick walk from the Harvard Campus, but this hotel library is even better: Hillary Clinton, Sebastian Junger, and Caroline Kennedy have all autographed their books and left them in the stacks. Book your stay when they’re offering one of their Author’s Breakfasts (Tracy Kidder and Ann Patchett were recent speakers).
The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand
You could mistake the glossy white-on-white library here for an Apple store (indeed, it’s stocked like a real-life iTunes, with CDs and movies to rent in addition to books). Nab whatever floats your floating cocktail and head to the pool, which is a highly Instagrammable lipstick-red color facing the sea.
Canoe Bay, Chetek, WI
The Jefferson, Washington D.C.
Built in 1923, this Thomas Jefferson-themed hotel is everything a history buff could want, with Jefferson-signed documents adorning the walls and a Ralph Lauren-worthy library of leather-bound volumes for reading by the fireplace. Even the on-site bar, Quill, is a nod to early writers (and yes, they serve wine made at Monticello).
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