Tablet Magazine | 10 Top-Shelf Hotel Libraries

September 13, 2013 – 14:10
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Hôtel Thoumieux
Paris, France — Granted, you won’t get much reading done, but make a reservation for the tasting menu in chef Jean-François Piège’s personal library at Hôtel Thoumieux and you’ll have plenty to devour.
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Château Mcely Mcely
Mcely, Czech Republic — Tucked away in the tower of this three-hundred-year-old château in the St. George Forest, the library at Mcely Mcely houses an interesting collection of eighteenth-century scientific instruments, while the twenty-three rooms come with writing desks that hearken back to the days when Rilke came to visit.
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New York, New York — Recently the library bar has become something of a New York hotel specialty, and the one at the Hudson is a standout. Styled after an old English drawing room, it’s got an enormous fireplace, an antique billiards table and classic leather sofas and wing chairs.
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Palacio Nazarenas
Cusco, Peru — One wonders if a hotelier can pull a weed in Cusco without unearthing a precious artifact. The library at Palacio Nazarenas, housed in the gallery above the building’s former chapel, showcases the archeological finds that resulted from their meticulous restoration of the centuries-old palace and convent.
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Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht
Amsterdam, Netherlands — The Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht doesn’t just have a library; the whole building was a library, an enormous city branch before Marcel Wanders turned it into a whimsical maximalist wonderland with graphic décor inspired by historic books about Amsterdam.
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Taj Falaknuma Palace
Hyderabad, India — Modeled after the one in Windsor Castle, the library at Taj Falaknuma Palace holds a truly impressive six-thousand-book collection, with books in English, Persian and Urdu, precious manuscripts and rare antique volumes of the Koran. And the room itself lives up to the reading material, its mahogany and ebony ceiling engraved with the initials of the prime minister who built the palace in 1884.
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Il Salviatino
Florence, Italy — The designers behind Il Salviatino, a fifteenth-century Renaissance palazzo overlooking Florence, have a knack for era-hopping, but the wood-paneled library — with its rich leather sofas, its fine collection of rare leather-bound books and the afternoon light slanting in from a high window — feels utterly timeless.
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