Reading and comfort compiled into one, what more could a book-lover ask for in a sanctuary? Find out where to stay with these amazing literary-based hotels
Late last year saw the opening of the Tianjin Binhai Library in Tianjin, China. Designed by a Dutch architecture firm, MVRDV, the library’s highlights include a climbable book mountain and a stunning eye-shaped atrium. But, libraries are no longer the only place for avid bookworms, thanks to a growing number of hotels aimed at literature-loving travellers.
University Arms, Cambridge, UK
When it opens later this year, this beautiful hotel will pay homage to Cambridge’s literary heritage. Suites have been named after the world’s most famous writers, and the hotel’s collection of books has been curated by the team behind Heywood Hill, one of London’s most prestigious bookshops. It’s also the perfect place to curl up with a book, with plenty of cosy nooks and crannies, tassel-trimmed reading lamps and marshmallow-like armchairs.
Le Pavillon des Lettres, Paris, France
Each room at this Parisian hotel is dedicated to both a letter of the alphabet and an author. And if you’re trying to think of an author whose second name began with a Z? That would be the French novelist Émile Zola. Lines from plays, novels and poems are stencilled above the beds, and in the hotel library you’ll find everything from dusty, well-thumbed paperbacks to comic books. The room service is also special—simply tell staff what kind of book you’re in the mood for, and a suitable tome will be delivered straight to your door.