If you love that distinct ‘old book’ smell and have a “To Be Read” pile that’s taller than you, then these hotels are right up your shelf:
Book And Bed, Tokyo
The buzzing metropolis of Tokyo is a wonderful place to explore, but if you’re hoping to get a bit of peace and quiet within the city, then Book And Bed is a welcome respite.
The hostel is located in the bustling district of Ikebukuro, known for its shopping and entertainment. With the word “buku” (Bahasa Malaysia for “book”) in the neighborhood’s name, Malaysian book lovers already feel at home.
Guests get to actually sleep within the bookshelves, where there are small nooks with mattresses for you to snuggle in for a long, blissful night of reading. If you’re headed to Kyoto, there’s a Book And Bed there too, where you can pore over their wide selection of books and comics in between exploring the cultural heart of Japan.
The Library Hotel, New York
Located in The Big Apple, The Library Hotel is touted as the first hotel to offer its guests over 6,000 books organized by the Dewey Decimal System – a system widely used by libraries around the world.
Its 60 cozy guest rooms are spread out over 10 floors, with each floor dedicated to a specific category, ranging from history and philosophy to maths and science. Every room is filled with a collection of books and art, inviting guests to explore a distinctive topic within the category it belongs to.
During your stay, you can tuck into a New York continental breakfast or savor wine and cheese in the evening as you catch up on your reading list.
The Alcove Library Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City
The Alcove Library Hotel is a picturesque boutique hotel designed to resemble every bookworm’s dream library. Its airy, whitewashed walls and colonial architecture will lend a dreamy feel to your stay.
Nestled along the serene neighborhood street of Nguyen Dinh Chinh, guests can browse through the hotel’s extensive library at their own pace.
For change of scene, head up to the the hotel’s aptly-named restaurant, Bookmark. Its rooftop seating area offers an impressive view of western Ho Chi Minh City.
Hotel Not Hotel, Amsterdam
Hotel Not Hotel is a fascinating hotel that is far more than it appears to be. Each room has a unique story to tell, from the minimalistic Crow’s Nest ensconced high above or the Amsterdam Tram Cart, which brings the city’s iconic trams to life.
Staying at the hotel feels like becoming part of an art exhibition, but its Secret Bookcase rooms, cleverly concealed behind the hotel’s bookshelves, are what you need if you seek refuge.
There are even mirrors and paintings that conveniently double as one-way windows, so you can peek through them to see if it’s safe to come out of your hiding place. An introvert’s dream come true!
The Library, Koh Samui
Hey, even tropical paradises like Koh Samui aren’t complete without books – and here’s where The Library comes in. Set on the breezy Chaweng Beach, all you need is a comfy chair on the beachfront and a compelling book.
With 46 modern studios, suites and pool villas spread across the resort’s spacious grounds, it’s easy to find the perfect reading spot.
The pièce de résistance is, of course, the resort’s library, named The Lib. It houses a curated collection of over 1,400 books and an array of movies and music CDs of various genres to enjoy. The Lib’s alabaster-white interior, paired with gorgeous vistas of the seaside and the Red Pool, provide stunning backdrops for a relaxing vacation.
The Betsy Hotel, Miami
The Betsy Hotel is a beachside haven located on Ocean Drive in the glamorous South Beach neighborhood of Miami. Designed and decorated in a mix of Georgian and Art Deco styles, its aesthetics are enough to inspire stories.
Each room has a small library for you to browse through, and rather than placing the traditional chocolate or mint on your pillow, you’ll instead find a bookmark inscribed with a poem.
Besides regularly hosting arts and cultural events, The Betsy Hotel also offers artist residencies to writers – its Writer’s Room is a sound-proofed sanctuary equipped with the latest technology and a well-stocked library.
Wanderlust Hotel, Singapore
Designed for adventurous travelers, Wanderlust Hotel is less of an accommodation and more of a playground. Tucked in the ethnic enclave of Little India, the hotel’s 29 thematic rooms invite guests to rest and play.
If you’re a writer at heart (and many avid readers are), then the Typewriter-themed loft was made for you. Inside, a giant old-school typewriter has been fashioned into a couch.
But even the hotel’s other whimsical rooms – from one with a space rocket and friendly aliens to another featuring a treehouse stuffed with cuddly creatures – can get your creative juices flowing.
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