“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
If you think about it, reading and travelling have a lot in common. Both immerse us in different places and surroundings, widen our perspectives and allow us to experience an exciting world beyond the one we know.
Imagine being able to soak in the joys of literature and travelling while on vacation.
Now this is made easier with various literary and book-themed hotels sprouting up across the globe, ranging from budget to luxury accommodation. These hotels really take the notion of falling asleep with a book further.
Examples of such hotels around the world include the poem-themed Apostrophe Hotel, literary arts hotel The Betsy Hotel South Beach and famous The Library Hotel New York. Most of these hotels feature artfully designed interiors (often literary-inspired) and well-stocked libraries set to make bibliophiles squeal in delight. Writers can also be inspired by the creative surroundings and let their imagination flow.
How about in Asia? Here is a list of interesting hotels in Asia to indulge the wandering bookworm and literature lover in you.
The Alcove Library Hotel
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
With its beautiful bookshelves that frame the entrance to the lobby, this boutique hotel certainly stands out. The rooms have book themes, are decorated with framed quotes and come with a copy of the book it is themed on. The extensive library offers a range of fiction and non-fiction books which guests can borrow during their stay.
Book and Bed
Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan
Book and Bed is a hostel where one can literally sleep in a bookshelf. Guests can choose to pop in during the day or stay overnight in tiny spaces hidden behind bookshelves. Taking the capsule hotel concept to another level to cater to book lovers, Book and Bed is an affordable option for those wanting to fall asleep to a good book in their very own reading nook.
Typewriter Room at Wanderlust Hotel
Here, guests are offered the extraordinary experience of staying in a huge typewriter room. This uniquely designed room is one out of nine “Whimsical” loft rooms in Wanderlust Hotel which are distinctively themed. Specific room request is subject to availability.
Koh Samui, Thailand
This beautiful hotel has a contemporary library which has a wide selection of books, DVDs, CDs, and an iMac computer corner. The hotel is also known for its blood-red swimming pool, beachfront view and minimalist concept. The sheer expanse of space in the hotel means guests can roam around freely, book in hand, while enjoying amazing views of the sparkling blue sea.
Taj Falaknuma Palace
This luxurious hotel is a majestic palace dating back to 1894. A book lover’s dream, its gigantic library holds over 5,000 volumes of rare books and manuscripts. There are also heritage walks which are conducted to immerse guests in the rich history of the palace.