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4 Literary-themed Hotels

These novel stays pump up the volumes.

Commons Hotel

Commons Hotel

Minneapolis
The schoolhouse definitely rocks at this hotel on the University of Minnesota campus, but you don’t have to be a student to check in. Geek chic extends from the refined-collegiate decor (overstuffed leather chesterfields and vintage globes set the tone) to the bespectacled Book Butler, who selects and delivers an assortment of classics and bestselling books on loan to guests upon request.

615 Washington Ave. SE, 612-362-6667
 

The Heathman Hotel

The Heathman Hotel

Portland, Oregon
Let the librarian make recommendations at this historic Portland property, home to the largest autographed public library in the U.S. (Don’t miss the first editions.) Start a new chapter in your room with the Books by Your Bedside Package, which includes the delivery of a hardcover book by one of the hotel’s recent guest authors, a travel reading light and a donation to the children’s literacy charity SMART.

1001 SW Broadway, 503-241-4100
 

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street Hotel

London
Join the (book) club: This Bloomsbury hotel nods to the history of the neighbourhood with novel design touches, like the art installation in the reception made with pages from Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. Check into the hotel book club’s blog, RBE London Blog, which is updated with a book of the month, and be sure to check out of your room with a complimentary copy.

9–13 Bloomsbury St., 20-7636-5601
 

Library Hotel

Library Hotel

New York
Order a literary-inspired cocktail (try the Tequila Mockingbird) from the nattily dressed barman at Bookmarks, the rooftop hangout at New York’s most bookish hotel. The 10 floors are each named after a different category of the Dewey Decimal System, and you’ll find a pillow in every guest room with the hotel’s cheeky slogan, “Book Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone.”

299 Madison Ave., 212-938-4500

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