Never Leave Your Room with These Hotels for Book Lovers
The Ambassade Hotel in Amsterdam includes signed first copies from famous authors. (All photos courtesy Oyster.com)
By Jane Reynolds
A summer vacation is the perfect time for catching up on all the books you’ve been meaning to read. With more downtime, more holidays, and less time devoted to required reading, the summer allows us to get in some great guilty-pleasure reads.
And while a sandy beach is always a lovely spot for lying out with the latest Nicholas Sparks (please reserve your judgment), there are some hotels around the world not on the beach that are just made for book lovers. Whether it’s where a famous novel was set, an author awaited arrest, or a gorgeous library can be found, these eight hotels are a bookworm’s delight. (And we threw in one on the beach, just for good measure.)
Ambassade Hotel, Amsterdam
Ambassade Hotel’s lovely brick front is as inviting as its location in the picturesque (and convenient) Canal Ring neighborhood, across from a boat-lined canal and within walking distance of several major publishing houses, making it a popular crash pad for authors. Rooms offer lovely views and are adorned with rich furnishings, intricate mirrors, and carved furniture. Common spaces are equally elegant, including the library where signed first editions from guests past—such as Nobel laureates José Saramago and Orhan Pamuk, and best-selling author David Sedaris—can be found in glass cases.
The Plaza, New York City
The century-old, 282-room Plaza is a New York landmark. A $400 million overhaul in 2008 gave the hotel a completely luxurious look, but even before that it was where the creme de la creme of the city stayed and played. After the success of In Cold Blood, novelist Truman Capote threw a lavish party called the Black and White Ball at The Plaza in honor of his friend, and Washington Post publisher, Katharine Graham. Invitations were highly sought after and only the most elite of the “in” crowd were on the guest list.
Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeriah; Istanbul