5 Dreamy Hotels for Bookworms

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5 Dreamy Hotels for Bookworms
There’s nothing like finding a binge-worthy book to read on your upcoming travels—but the question is, where can you find your literary oasis? Whether you’re an aspiring novelists looking for an intimate space or a bookworm searching for a cozy corner, these five hotels cater to all kinds of book-loving needs.
By Nicoletta Richardson, AFAR Staff
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    1. Hotel Saint George in Marfa, Texas
    The original 1880s-era property housed railroad travelers and cowboys alike, but now (136 years and a major renovation later), the newly opened hotel attracts a different kind of crowd—art-and-culture buffs. Upon entering the Hotel Saint George, the Marfa Book Company (a cross between a bookstore, museum, and gift shop) has made a home inside the lobby and bar, offering a wide selection of literature and retail products made by local artists—from handmade soaps to welded objects. Guests can grab a novel from the collection and take a seat in one of the nearby armrest chairs, surrounded by colorful splashes of art contrasting against the bright-white walls.

    Photo courtesy of Hotel Saint George 
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    2. Claridge’s, London
    This mid-19th century hotel provides the opportunity for personal reading time inside the Map Room—an intimate space bordered by wooden bookshelves of art, fashion, and design books. Claridge's guests can lounge while reading a good book from the collection curated by publisher Assouline, or study the wall-sized walnut veneer map of the world right before them, topped with a steel clock displaying Greenwich Mean Time (the reference point for time across the globe). And when you're ready to reconnect with the world, snag one of the laptops and iPads available for guest usage.

    Photo courtesy of Claridge's
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    3. Park Hyatt, New York
    Searching for a kid-friendly stay to include book lovers of all ages? Park Hyatt, New York’s recent partnership with global publisher Phaidon is your place, thanks to their new “Feed Your Mind” initiative catering toward children. Young readers engage in tableside book service at the hotel’s restaurant, The Back Room, where a children’s menu awaits. During the prix fixe meal, a vintage library cart will give young diners the chance to check out Phaidon’s latest children’s book releases. Don’t worry, adults; you can make time with your own novels in The Living Room, an airy lounge space to sip on coffee or a cocktail while waiting for your kids to wrap up lunch.

    Photo courtesy of Park Hyatt, New York
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    4. Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Puerto Rico
    Step back in time when entering this hotel’s Livingston Library, named after Alfred T. Livingston, the man who first acquired the property where Dorado Beach stands today. His daughter, Clara, inherited the land after Alfred passed, and photographs from her era hang from the walls of the library—from her first airplane voyage to when Amelia Earhart came to visit. A collection of 200 books ranging in genre are stacked up on wooden bookshelves built into the walls, including novels left behind by guests passing through. And if the selection doesn’t get you to unwind, the waterfront view seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows just might. 

    Photo courtesy of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve  
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    5. Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, New Mexico
    Looking for a space to sit down and churn out your next creative project? Based on The Mabel Dodge Luhan’s reputable past with housing guests such as D.H. Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, and many other shakers in the art world, head to this 21-room historic adobe. Several guest rooms embody a simplistic style and are named after artists, whether they inspired the décor or occupied the room at one point in time. And now, the inn serves as a writer’s retreat and caters to various audiences, from women in the media to health professionals.

    Photo courtesy of Mabel Dodge Luhan House 
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