Seven Boutique Hotels With Great Libraries

There's nothing better than curling up with a good book after a day spent sightseeing. Yet whittling down which titles to take on a trip is rarely easy. These seven hotels have libraries so well-stocked that you'll be tempted to trade in exploring for reading - and save on precious space in your suitcase.

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Amanruya

Bodrum , Turkey

Sunseekers and aesthetes are flocking to Turkey’s Turquoise Coast for sandy beaches and crystalline seas. Here Amanruya serves as a tranquil, secluded retreat dotted with individual guest cottages, each complete with a private garden, pool and pergola – the perfect spot for diving into a new read. Find the spiral wooden staircase leading to the library tower to search for your book. The library has windows across all four walls and offers panoramic views across Bodrum, plus there are plenty of window seats for you to huddle up with a tome.

Address

Bülent Ecevit Cad. Demir Mevkii Göltürkbükü TR-48483 Bodrum Turkey

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Gladstone's Library

Hawarden, United Kingdom

The vast expanse of Wales’s majestic landscape has inspired many writers over the years. Set in a Grade I-listed 19th-century building, this residential library – founded by the eponymous former Prime Minister – is the perfect place for open-minded folk to get lost among the shelves. Gladstone’s Library is home to more than 250,000 works, so you can while away hours browsing before holing up in the grand Reading Room.

Address

Church Lane Hawarden Flintshire CH5 3DF Wales

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The Library

Koh Samui, Thailand

This minimalist hotel is the quintessential literary retreat. Browse the pristine, white-walled library before withdrawing to your room (we recommend the Bookmark Suite for a private jacuzzi and sea views from your bed). Alternatively, lounge by the famous pool; lined with scarlett-coloured tiles and surrounded by matching sun loungers and parasols, it’s the perfect place to kick back and indulge in a fictional fantasy – as well as an ice-cold mojito.

Address

14/1 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach 84320 Koh Samui Thailand

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Ballyfin

Ballyfin, Ireland

This famed Georgian estate pairs old-world tradition with timeless sophistication. Peruse Ballyfin’s collection of art and books, which spill across the mahogany shelves of the 80ft library, before settling down on one of the plush Edwardian-style sofas in front of the open fireplace. Gawk at the 16th-century New Testament and keep an eye out for the false bookcase, a secret door through which you’ll find the conservatory.

Address

County Laois Ballyfin R32 PN34 Ireland

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The Connaught

London, United Kingdom

While some opt to travel abroad for a dose of sun, many are choosing to spend their holidays at home. As the popularity of staycations booms, Londoners couldn’t do much better than heading to one of the capital’s most storied hotels. Save money on flights and splurge on booking The Connaught’s famed Library Suite, a split-level apartment featuring two en-suite rooms, a sitting room and towering shelves filled a captivating selection of books.

Address

Carlos Place Mayfair W1K 2AL London

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Sir Savigny

Berlin, Germany

In Berlin’s trendy Charlottenburg neighbourhood, this hotel is a haven for bibliophiles. Combining traditional decor with quirky paraphernalia, the hotel library is prime territory for browsing as well as admiring literary-themed artworks created by local artists. Choose your book then head to one of Charlottenburg’s cafés, or take it up to your room to enjoy while you soak in the freestanding bathtub and contemplate pressing the “Dial-A-Burger” button for a bun delivered to your door.

Address

Kantstrasse 144 10623 Berlin Germany

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Hotel Emma

San Antonio, Texas, United States

Filled with more than 3,700 literary works, Hotel Emma provides the ultimate retreat for book lovers. The library stretches over two tiers, with a variety of titles that spans from Faulkner to Twain. Located in downtown San Antonio, this converted 19th-century brewhouse is a must-visit for a dash of culture, a splash of history and romantic views across the river.

Address

136 E Grayson Street San Antonio 78215 Texas USA