There’s something about a library every bibliophile craves. Not just the guaranteed peace and quiet, but the innate appreciation for man’s oldest form of storytelling: the book. Sadly, traditional libraries do not come with beds, but hotels do come with books – a lot of them, in some cases. So we’ve bookmarked five of Booking.com’s quirkiest library hotels, where you can curl up with any old hardback and read to your heart’s content…
Library Hotel, New York, USA
Each of the towering Library Hotel’s ten floors honour one of the ten categories of the Dewey Decimal System – the most widely used method for classifying library books – and every book-laden guestroom explores individual topics within those categories.
A free NY-inspired breakfast loaded with fresh bagels, muffins and OJ provides excellent reading fodder, while the 14th floor Writer’s Den serves up literary-inspired cocktails and sweeping city views.
The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand
If The Library were a book itself, it would undoubtedly be a bestseller – a beachfront hotel that invites you to sit with a book, and the sound of breaking waves in your ears, all day long.
Inside you’ll find ‘The Lib’ – a chic white space, home to a varied collection of well-thumbed tomes – and rooms such as the sensuous ‘Bookmark’. Meanwhile, the outdoor Red Pool, so-called for its mosaic tiles of vivid orange, yellow, and red, provides the perfect in-between-reads break.
The Alcove Library
The Alcove Library, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Book-lovers seeking refuge from Saigon’s bustling centre will appreciate this elegant, French colonial-inspired bibliothèque. The Alcove’s modern lobby boasts polished floor-to-ceiling mahogany shelves heaped with an eclectic mix of books, while guest rooms each feature their own fictional theme.
And that’s before you’ve experienced the remarkable customer service. The staff are so friendly that they’re even willing to read you a bedtime story!
Book And Bed Tokyo
Book And Bed Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
‘Tsundoku’ is a Japanese term used to express the act of buying a book but then leaving it to pile up, unread, along with others whom have suffered the same fate. Thankfully, Tokyo’s Book & Bed have kept theirs well in check, letting guests stay up reading – in their own ‘bookshelf beds’ – until they doze off into the land of nod.
Though books aren’t actually sold, the lobby area offers plenty in the way of both English and Japanese reading material – including an epic Manga collection.
Hotel Not Hotel
Hotel Not Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
As its name suggests, Hotel Not Hotel promises to be everything you don’t expect. Books abound in the modish hotel lounge, and peculiar guestrooms include a converted tram, a ‘printed house’, or the lofty ‘crow’s nest’.
But there’s more to this hotel than meets the eye. Hidden behind five cunning bookcases are five more rooms, containing mirrors and paintings that cleverly double as one-way windows, so devoted bookworms can see when it’s safe to emerge from their secret hideaway.