A reader’s escape

Imagine holidaying with Jane Eyre or Jay Gatsby? These library hotels should be on every bookworm’s bucket-list.

Immersing yourself into literature can be a truly relaxing experience, whether you are on a city break or unwinding on a beach holiday. Here is a round-up of some of our favourite hotels with libraries around the world, including a whole literary themed hotel. These include sophisticated spots to find your favourite book, all within a cosy library setting.

For an evening of Jazz – La Réserve, Paris


La Réserve, Paris, invites visitors to The Duc de Morny library to enjoy an evening of live music, complete with a jazz pianist. Guests can relax and unwind with a classic cocktail or glass of vintage wine while taking in the historical architecture of the building and its impressive collection of antique books.

Customarily reserved for hotel guests, the Duc de Morny library experience is open to the public each evening.


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 For a relaxing read – Carlisle Bay, Antigua


Carlisle Bay, Antigua, offers guests a vast selection of books to immerse themselves in while relaxing in the comfortable, fully air-conditioned library. Phillip Blackwell has curated the collection, which contains the top ten beach reads of leading travel journalists and books designed to educate, entertain and inspire.

The library has soothing fibre optic lighting which changes colour throughout the evening. Guests are encouraged to take place in book exchanges, which enables the collection to continuously evolve. Complimentary WiFi, computers and printers make the library at Carlisle Bay a perfect retreat where visitors can unwind.


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For a cultural discovery – Alila Fort Bishangarh, India


Perched on top of a granite hill in the midst of a vast expanse of the Aravalli Range lies Alila Fort Bishangarh, a 230-year-old restored fort filled with simplicity and grandeur.

Its library is set amongst old marble pillars and bears testimony to the old kingdom with the size of its holdings mapped out on the wall. This is the perfect place to relax and unwind with many popular novels, or the collection of history and culture books.


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For an all-round literary experience – Pavillon des Lettres, Paris


From A for Anderson (Hans Christian) through to Z for Zola (Emile) – via B for Baudelaire, H for Hugo, S for Shakespeare and more – each of the 26 rooms at Pavillon des Lettres holds its writer integral to the design, with lines from poetry, prose and novels inscribed on the walls, displaying Paris’ love of language and literature throughout. A short walk from the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysées and the Jardins des Tuileries, Pavillon des Lettres is the perfect base from which to explore Paris’ best landmarks.

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