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01 February 2011

In the ever-changing world of always wanting to stay one step ahead, who wouldn't love the idea of a hotel that was geared to those of us who call ourselves book lovers?  Wouldn't we want to be in an exciting city like Paris or New York, experiencing all that those cities had to offer, but then at the end of the day, still be able to satisfy the bibliophile in all of us?

I know I would.

Recently, the incomparable Shelf Awareness highlighted two such hotels, and I had to know more.  Within minutes of looking at each hotel, I was pouncing onto online travel sites - how much would that last minute flight to Paris or New York be?  Alas, it may not be meant to be for this weekend...

Paris provides us book nerds with Le Pavillion Des Lettres.  There are twenty-six rooms which is fitting as there are twenty-six letters in the alphabet, so why not devote a hotel to all things reading and writing?

Authors represented are a varied mix, and they include the likes of Diderot, Kafka, Shakespeare, Proust, and Baudelaire...

One picture shows the view from one of the rooms.  And the view is onto the Eiffel Tower.

Sigh.

These beautiful pictures just exude the whimsy I know I need.




Le Pavillion Des Lettres

Superior Room and Junior Suite
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And don't we all have to attend BEA in New York in May? If we all pooled our money together, maybe we could all stay in one of these rooms. Okay, that might be nuts - a gazillion bloggers staying in one room?

It's a concept luxury boutique hotel in Midtown Manhattan. According to their home page, "Each of their ten guest room floors...are dedicated to one of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System: Social Sciences, Literature, Languages, History, Math and Science, General Knowledge, Technology, Philosophy, The Arts and Religion."


I want to stay here for BEA, don't you? Might need to win the lottery, but I love to dream...


The Library Hotel...


Library Hotel Exterior

Fairy Tales Bedroom

Happy Reading and Sleeping,
Coffee and a Book Chick


36 comments:

  1. Oh I like this idea! Those are amazing rooms too. So pretty!

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  2. I hear you about the BEA idea!

    If you're ever in Leavenworth, Washington, there's always the Innsbrucker Inn, located over a bookstore. We stayed there in the Sherlock Holmes room when we unexpectedly ended up in Leavenworth.

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  3. Carin - I could totally spend my entire time in Paris or New York not even leaving the room!

    Liza (Lizok's Bookshelf) - Ooh, I like this inn! And a Sherlock Holmes room? Oh, yes, sign me up!

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  4. I want to go to there (both theres). Paris and a hotel dedicated to readers, ahh-perfection.

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  5. This is awesome! I checked out the new york hotel and it is sooooo expensive. Maybe we could fit 10 bloggers in there to knock down the price!

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  6. What an awesome idea! Sweet reads to all....

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  7. Oooh, I'm drooling! My first thought was, "Hey, BEA/BBC is only a few months away..." I'd be up all night reading!

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  8. Count me in -- I'd be happy to split expenses twenty ways!

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  9. They both look fabulous to me! Are you coming to BEA this year?

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  10. What an awesome idea. I would love to stay in one of these!

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  11. Ooooh love this! Are you going to BEA? This is my first year in a while not being able to attend. Ho hum. This is what happens when you stop working in publishing...

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  12. See, there is no way I could go there with my husband. He wouldn't appreciate it. Road trip! Everybody bring a sleeping bag!

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  13. What a great idea! I have just called by to browse your blog from the Italy in Books Challenge, I am taking part, have a book blog and one about my life in Italy. It seems we have a few things in common!

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  14. I have had drinks at the bar at the Library Hotel, but hadn't seen the rooms. I would love to curl up there and read awhile. New goal!

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  15. Hmmm. ***thinks of ways to make money***

    Thank you so much for your offer (Across the Universe) but not needed! I won! Really nice of you though! I'm trying to "like" my ereader, but it's not, well, you know.

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  16. You know, I don't know why it has taken so long for this to be done! It would be amazing to stay in a hotel that is catered to readers, and I would pay big bucks to be able to lounge in a comfortable reading themed room. Thanks for sharing this with us because I had missed it!

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  17. How cool! I am now adding two more places I need to visit to my list!

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  18. This is a fabulous idea for a hotel (or a bed & breakfast). I'd love to stay in one of these places.

    Thanks for sharing this!

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  19. I featured this hotel a while back. Such a dream. I must stay there some day!

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  20. I saw the Library Hotel on the Travel Channel a few years ago, and I've dreamt of staying there ever since! Heavenly!

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  21. These hotels totally make sense. I would love to see them at least, if I can't ever get to stay.

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  22. I read about these last week in The New Yorker or NPR or something - I can't remember. But what a neat idea. I would love to stay in either!

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  23. And bonus...no need to stuff the luggage with books!

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  24. I came over here from the 3Rs thinking that the only thing better than a literary hotel would be a literary hotel with cats...and then the first thing I saw was the cat photo!

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  25. Oh I especially like the Library Hotel. I could spend some time there :)

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  26. let's GO! the room is paris is so inviting! as for nyc, i'm too freaked out by bed bugs to be comfortable there. seriously. one of my students told me not too long ago, "Bedbugs are the NEW black!" i about died. if i go to bea, i'll commute. :)

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  27. Beautiful. I believe there is a small book themed B&B on the Oregon coast though the name escapes me at the moment.

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  28. Oooh, I agree with everyone who has gushed over the Library Hotel. Very cool.

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  29. I so love the concept. I want to plan a trip to NYC just to stay in that hotel. I was there last year but staying there wasn't an option.

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  30. Just gorgeous!! I love the cat lounging about...have fun at the BEA. I hope to make it this year too:)

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  31. My husband and I stayed in the Library Hotel a couple of years ago on our Anniversary. We stayed in the Romance Languages Room. It's a lovely small hotel with a gorgeous roof top patio. Worth a trip!

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  32. This hotel is a short distance from manchester City Centre where you will find many great stores. You will also be close to the night life so shop all day and play all night!
    hotels manchester

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