This blog post was updated on May 5, 2020.

As a bibliophile, I’m delighted anytime I find a fantastic bookstore or literary tour while I’m traveling. There’s nothing like exploring the city I’m in through the different places where I can take a break and dive into a literary journey. But if I can find lodging with a bookish flare, well then I’m in seventh heaven. Check out these five unique hotels around the world that every book lover should make a point of checking into.

Hotel Friedenau, Berlin, Germany

This literary Berlin hotel is owned by an author, Christa Moog, and takes its name from Christoph Meckel’s Bockshorn in Friedenau. Each room is designed to honor a different writer, and the décor features photos, manuscripts, letters, and drawings that give a rare glimpse into their lives. The hotel staff is knowledgeable about Berlin’s rich literary history and they are quick to suggest other bookish sites in the city that you might want to visit.

The Library Hotel, New York, USA

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New York’s Library Hotel is every design-conscious bibliophile’s dream. From the impeccable décor to the well-stocked library, there are plenty of things to love about this literary hideaway. Did we mention the library is open 24 hours a day and offers a selection of wine, cheese, and meats to nosh on as you read into the wee hours of the morning?

Le Pavillon des Lettres, Paris, France

Paris has long been a haven for literary types, and the Pavillon des Lettres pays homage to this longstanding tradition. Each room is labeled with a different letter of the alphabet that stands for a European literary giant (P is for Proust, S is for Shakespeare, etc.). As one might expect, the hotel also has a library where guests can brush up on their European literary history. To enhance your Parisian literary experience, eat at Les Deux Magots (a famous restaurant in Saint-Germain-des-Près) where literati gathered in the first part of the 20th century. Then stop at Shakespeare and Company, an English-language bookstore on the Left Bank, and grab some tomes for the plane ride home.

Club Frances, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The stunning Club Frances started as a literary club in 1866. Over the years, famed international authors such as Jorge Luis Borges, Octavio Paz, and Antoine Saint-Exupéry have graced its halls while participating in readings and socializing with the literary elite. It’s now a hotel (with a decidedly French aesthetic – wrought iron, chandeliers, parquet flooring) that honors Argentina’s great love affair with the written word.

Bed and Book, Tokyo, Japan

If quirky accommodations are your thing, then look no further than Tokyo’s Book and Bed. This unique bookstore/hotel has been getting a lot of press lately, and for good reason. What’s better than book shopping to your heart’s content and then curling up in a cozy nook with your new reads? That’s right — after the bookstore closes for the night, guests can tuck into 30 stacked cubbies located behind the bookshelves to read or sleep. Shared bathrooms, communal reading and socializing couches mean that you can escape into a book without feeling alone. And at 3,500 yen (approx. $35) per night, it comes at a price that’s hard to beat.

Want to feed the book lover in you? Why not plan a visit to one of these great locations?

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An insatiable foodie, art collector, and international literature aficionado, I have traveled throughout Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Canada. For the past fifteen years, I have written about my adventures for various travel and literary publications. I am the owner of Lucidité Writing ( and Bouchard Design Co.