The perfect time for all the books you have planned to read but could not for whatever reason is coming. Winter is the time to cover up whit a blanket, make a cup of coffee and settle in to read the books you have long intended to read in a hotel room. Moreover, the book fair that we look forward to every year will be held in November. In short, november is a good month to fill your bookshelves with new books and meet the writers you admire.
In this article we want to draw up a file which combines books and tourism, so we prepared a selection of books-friendly hotels well known all over the world. Each of these hotels, where the story of a famous novel took place, a famous novelist stayed or has a wonderful library in it, is a paradise for bookworms.
Ambassade Hotel, Amsterdam
The Ambassade Hotel has a magnificent location and draws attention with its brickwork facade. It overlooks the famous canal of Amsterdam with boats continually passing by. The hotel is also within walking distance of several famous publishing houses.
It is almost as attractive as the Canal Ring quarter, with its picturesque view. Therefore, the hotel is a popular stop for authors. The rooms of the hotel are furnished with high–quality items, ornamented mirrors and engraved wooden furniture. Within its common areas, which are as elegant as the rooms, is a library in which signed copies of first editions of award-winning authors such as Jose Saramago, Orhan Pamuk and best-selling authors such as David Sedaris are displayed in glass showcases.
The Westin Palace, Madrid
Hemingway not only wrote his novel “The Sun Also Rises” at The Westin Palace, (at that time its name was Palace Hotel), but he also stayed in this hotel and was a regular at of the bar. The guests appreciate the closeness of the hotel to the Prado Museum, just like Hemingway once did. The Westin, which is one of Madrid’s best hotels, is located in a magnificent historical building that was built in 1912 by the King.
Goldeneye Hotel&Resort, Jamaica
Golden Eye, with 21 rooms, is the most popular, luxurious place in Jamaica. It is also known as the previous house of Ian Fleming and one of the most historic places in Jamaica. This place was Fleming’s secret temple, where he wrote 14 James Bond novels. Today, the hotel includes a private beach, houses and villas with a striking view of the lagoon, two restaurants, two swimming pools, a spa in the form of a treehouse and special activity programs.
Library Hotel, New York City
This boutique hotel with a literary theme is located on the same block as New York’s famous public library and has all the comforts of home. The hotel also has a pretty library as well as thematic suites such as the “Love Room;’ where the collection of books was hand selected by the famous Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Library Hotel is regarded as one of the nicest spots in New York for its luxurious bistro on the ground floor, live bar on the roof, complimentary gym, and freshly-baked complimentary pastry and cheese offerings.
The Cadogan Gardens, London
The Cadogan Hotel is an unpretentious boutique hotel, despite its prestigious location at Knightsbridge. This 64–room hotel located on Sloane Street near local shopping malls was formerly used as the Edward mansion. The hotel is where Oscar Wilde stayed in 1895, waiting to be arrested, and also houses the room where King Edward VII stayed with his mistress Lillie Langtry, the actress.
Pera Palas Hotel Jumeriah, İstanbul
Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah was presented the award for Most Luxurious Historical Hotel at the “World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014; one of the most prestigious international awards of the tourism sector. Situated in Beyoglu and including 115 rooms, the building and location of the hotel is priceless and has been a landmark of Beyoglu since 1895. With its elegant marble flooring and stylish decor in the lobby, elegant afternoon tea accompanied by live piano concerts and its original wrought-iron elevator still in operation, Pera Palace lets you experience the memories of the past when rich Europeans visited Istanbul by the famous Orient Express.
Pera Palace, which has hosted Mata Hari, Ian Fleming, Ernest Hemingway, Greta Garbo and Agatha Christie as well as kings and queens during its 124-year history, is preferred by those who wish to experience luxury, pampering and romance.
It is said that Agatha Christie, who created Poirot, one of literature’s most unforgettable characters and succeeded in wrapping her private life in a cloak of secrets, frequently stayed at Pera Palace. Furthermore, Christie’s mysterious disappearance was allegedly related to the hotel. In 1926, her car was found to have crashed into a tree by a lake but Agatha could not be found anywhere. For a while, it was thought that she had committed suicide by throwing herself into the lake. She was getting a divorce at the time and there were rumors that she was planning to murder her husband. Worries and rumors escalated and eleven days after her disappearance she reappeared., claiming that she could not recall anything.
However, rumor has it, during her disappearance Agatha had stayed at Pera Palace and the mystery of her disappearance was hidden at the hotel. Whatever the truth, there is a room at Pera Palace Hotel Jumeriah named after Agatha Christie. Five luxurious suits of the hotel are named after well-known author Ernest Hemingway.