A Literary Escape: 8 Hotels Every Book Lover Needs to Visit

April 27, 2023 by Akylina Printziou

Photo:  Owl and the Pussycat Hotel & Restaurant

Attention all bookworms and literary enthusiasts! Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through the pages of history and immerse yourself in the world of your favorite authors and stories? With Travelmyth, your dream vacation is just a few clicks away. We've handpicked eight exceptional literary hotels from around the globe that will transport you into the captivating realms of renowned novels, famed authors and iconic literary scenes. From the enchanting landscapes that inspired the classics to the very rooms where famous writers penned their masterpieces, these unique hotels promise an unforgettable experience for every book lover. So grab your reading glasses, pack your favorite novels, and join us as we explore the magical world of literary hotels that await your discovery!

The Jamaica Inn, Bodmin, Cornwall

Embarking on our literary adventure, we first find ourselves amidst the breezy moors of Cornwall, home to the legendary Jamaica Inn. This iconic establishment, with its origins tracing back to 1750, has become a symbol of the region's vibrant smuggling history. It achieved global recognition when esteemed British author Daphne du Maurier immortalized it in her bestselling novel, which shares the same name as the historic inn. Du Maurier's own encounter with the inn came in November 1930, when she found herself lost on the moor during a horseback ride and sought refuge in Bedroom 3.

Today, The Jamaica Inn, Bodmin, Cornwall offers guests an enchanting blend of history and modern comforts, with 36 bedrooms and suites, including the charming "old rooms" and a recently built wing boasting stunning moorland views. The inn's fascinating past comes alive in its Smuggling Museum, where you can learn about the tales of Cornish smugglers, wreckers and villains through artifacts and a captivating short film. For devoted du Maurier fans, the inn's Daphne du Maurier Museum showcases a treasure trove of exhibits, including original letters from notable figures such as the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Lord Mountbatten.

Beyond its rich literary history, Jamaica Inn also houses a Farm Shop filled with local Cornish produce and a Gift Shop offering over 5,000 items to choose from. And for those seeking a touch of the supernatural, the inn is said to be haunted, with strange sightings occurring even to this day. If you're feeling particularly daring, join one of the monthly Ghost Hunts or immerse yourself in a thrilling Murder Mystery evening, adding to the many unforgettable experiences that await you at Jamaica Inn.

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Heathcliff House B&B Exclusively for Adults Free large carpark

Our next stop is the enchanting Heathcliff House B&B in Torquay, UK. This captivating residence, once Torre Vicarage, is steeped in history and intertwined with the legacy of the renowned "Queen of Crime," Agatha Christie. As a young girl, Agatha often visited the vicarage with her parents, who were close friends with the Vicar. It is even believed that her visits may have inspired her 1930 novel, The Murder at the Vicarage.

Today, Heathcliff House B&B Exclusively for Adults Free large carpark stands as an adult-exclusive, multi-award-winning B&B, offering a tranquil retreat for literary enthusiasts. Guests can't help but sense the connection to Agatha Christie's extraordinary life and timeless works as they explore this charming sanctuary - not to mention that the property's name is also a nod to the brooding protagonist of Emily Brontë's classic novel, Wuthering Heights.

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Residenza Napoleone III

Nestled within the stunning Palazzo Ruspoli, one of Rome's most beautiful historical palaces, lies the Residenza Napoleone III. This extraordinary residence, named after Emperor Napoleon III who resided here in 1830, comprises two opulent apartments: the Napoleone Suite, with an optional extra bedroom known as the Blue Room, and the Roof Garden Suite. Owned by Prince Pietro and Letizia Ruspoli, the Residenza Napoleone III has preserved its splendor, historical furnishings and artworks, offering guests an immersive experience into living history.

For literary enthusiasts, a stay at the Residenza Napoleone III is nothing short of a dream come true. The property has been mentioned in Alexandre Dumas' novel The Count of Montecristo and in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Italian Journey, where he described the carnival of 1788. The Residenza Napoleone III truly feels like a residence that belongs within the pages of a storybook, and it is undoubtedly the most luxurious and unique historic place to stay in Rome. Ideal for indulging in a lavish Roman holiday, this remarkable property transports guests to a world of elegance, history and literary charm.

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The Collector Inn (Adults Only) - Saint Augustine

The Collector Inn (Adults Only) - Saint Augustine, a luxurious adults-only hotel in Florida, offers guests an unparalleled experience steeped in art, history, and romance. Situated on the edge of St. Augustine's Old Town, The Collector Inn is within walking distance of the city's most iconic attractions. The inn occupies the former site of the Dow Museum of Historic Houses, a one-acre garden oasis consisting of nine historic homes dating from 1790 to 1910. As St. Augustine's most immersive historical hotel, The Collector Inn is perfect for art, architecture and history enthusiasts who love to explore on foot and value unique experiences over material possessions.

One of the highlights of this enchanting inn is the Howells House, a grand Colonial Revival home built in 1909. Named after the renowned American author and editor William Dean Howells, who wintered there in 1916 and 1917, the house has played host to illustrious visitors such as Mark Twain and Sinclair Lewis. Even the esteemed Ralph Waldo Emerson spent time within its walls. The Collector Inn provides an extraordinary opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of these literary greats, surrounded by the charm of historic St. Augustine and its vibrant cultural scene.

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Grand Hôtel du Luxembourg & Spa

Step into a world of charm and history at the Grand Hôtel du Luxembourg & Spa, located right in the heart of Bayeux's medieval town. As you wander the nearby streets, you'll find yourself close to some of Normandy's most famous attractions, soaking in the enchanting atmosphere. The hotel itself boasts a rich history, showcasing a magnificent staircase from the Age of Enlightenment, sophisticated stone architecture and a exquisitely detailed wrought iron banister that stands as a work of art on its own.

But there's even more to discover! The Grand Hôtel du Luxembourg shares an extraordinary literary connection, as it was here that the celebrated French writer Gustave Flaubert crafted his final novel, Bouvard and Pecuchet. Although Flaubert never had the opportunity to complete this satirical piece before his passing, his association with the hotel adds an invaluable layer to its already intriguing history. So, why not indulge in a stay at the Grand Hôtel du Luxembourg, where you can revel in the region's alluring charm while tracing the footsteps of one of France's literary icons?

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The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel, London

Dive into the refined charm of The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel, London, an elegant sanctuary situated in the vibrant heart of Chelsea, London. Upon entering, you'll find a lavish urban escape that masterfully intertwines the historic with the contemporary. The Cadogan has been a magnet for illustrious socialites and bohemians, such as Oscar Wilde and Lillie Langtry, throughout its storied past. Presently, the hotel honors its rich heritage while providing guests with a taste of modern, subtle sophistication.

As a guest of The Cadogan, you'll have the unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Irish playwright Oscar Wilde, who often hosted friends at the hotel's bar, donning his signature velvet smoking jackets in rich red and green hues. Even though Wilde lived nearby, he would frequently stay overnight if his evening festivities carried on into the wee hours. Tragically, it was also at The Cadogan where Wilde was arrested in 1895 for "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons", as homosexuality was illegal at the time. Drawing inspiration from its deep connection to Wilde and other literary figures, the hotel has infused its interior design with subtle nods to its literary past, from a bronze library shelf facade in the lift lobby to more discreet, charming touches throughout the property.

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Alfiz Hotel

Experience the hidden magic of Cartagena at the mesmerizing Alfiz Hotel, where its charm will whisk you away. Tucked away in the heart of Cartagena's historic old town, this carefully restored 17th-century house effortlessly merges the sophistication of a classic Cartagena colonial residence with the modern conveniences of a boutique hotel. As you amble along the corridors, pause to appreciate the thoughtfully curated décor, embellished with antiques and charming vintage items. With eight distinct thematic rooms, the hotel beckons you to delve into the rich tapestry of Colombian history and culture, all while indulging in the luxurious comfort of one of Cartagena's most exceptional hotels.

For literature enthusiasts, the true gem of this hotel lies within its extensive library. Cartagena's Old Town served as the inspiration for many of the settings in the novels of celebrated Colombian writer and Nobel Prize winner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. As you stroll through the same historic streets that come to life in works such as Love in the Time of Cholera and Of Love and Other Demons, you'll feel an indelible connection to the literary world. Back at the hotel, immerse yourself in Garcia Marquez's captivating writing, as the hotel's library proudly houses over 200 of his masterpieces in various languages. Discover the magic of Marquez's storytelling in this extraordinary literary haven.

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Apostrophe Hôtel

Finally, for a true literature aficionado, what could be more thrilling than a hotel that is itself a work of art and poetry? This is exactly what Apostrophe Hôtel is, situated in a Parisian district teeming with literary history and home to countless bookstores and publishers.

Conceived as a living poem, each room in Apostrophe Hôtel is dedicated to a verse. The enchanting narrative begins with the ground floor's "Sheherazade" room and gracefully unfolds as you ascend through the hotel. This one-of-a-kind retreat has been thoughtfully designed to tell a story to its guests. The literary themes have been meticulously selected and illustrated, as if the hotel itself were a grand book. Each room's décor holds a deeper meaning and intention, waiting to be discovered.

Named "Apostrophe" not only as a nod to the renowned French literature TV show hosted by Bernard Pivot, but also to captivate and engage guests with its innovative concept. Literature, art and design seamlessly converge in this extraordinary hotel, nestled in the heart of Paris. Allow yourself to be transported by the captivating tale that unfolds within its walls.

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So, fellow bibliophiles, prepare to set out on a spellbinding voyage to explore the globe's most captivating literary hotels. Follow in the footsteps of beloved authors and uncover hidden literary treasures, all while staying at these remarkable lodgings. These exceptional accommodations are certain to provide unforgettable experiences and a deepened admiration for the timeless magic of storytelling. Ready to begin your literary escape? Choose your favorite out of these literary havens and let the magic of these unique accommodations ignite your imagination.

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