The Bibliophile's Adventurers Club

Exemplars of bookish delight

Bookish travel

We love books. We love travel. Combine books with travel and you’ve got a perfect holiday. We do plan to expand this section in the future; but for now, here are few bookish hotels and restaurants {pubs, saloons, and the like} to visit…


Bookish accommodation

The Study at Yale | New Haven, CT, USA

Literature, art, music, and design are the themes that bind in this boutique hotel in New Haven, Connecticut. A stay in any one of their 124 guestrooms will provide you the perfect place to snuggle in with a good book; if you stay in one of their 8 Studies, you may even have your own separate den stocked with books.




Library Hotel | New York, NY, USA

Each floor of the Library Hotel in New York is dedicated to one of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System: Social Sciences, Literature, Languages, History, Math & Science, General Knowledge, Technology, Philosophy, and The Arts and Religion. And each of their sixty rooms is adorned with art and books relevant to the topic at hand. Stay with what you know and love or explore a little something new.



Hotel Rex | San Francisco, CA, USA

Hotel Rex, located in San Francisco’s Union Square, echoes the spirit of the downtown art and literary salons of the 1920’s and 30’s. The lobby is furnished with period pieces and walls of antiquarian books; chances are good you may even happen upon a literary event taking place right in the lobby bar.




Algonquin Hotel | New York, NY, USA

Literary gatherings, cabaret singers, inspiration that birthed The New Yorker magazine – the Algonquin Hotel in New York boasts them all. It was here William Falkner drafted his Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1950. Not only has it been designated a historical landmark, but a literary landmark as well. Yet even with its famed history, The Algonquin Hotel is sure to rise to greater artistic and literary heights. What will it inspire in you?



The Library | Koh Samui, THAILAND

The Library of Koh Samui, Thailand takes a sleek, modern approach to total relaxation. True to its name, The Library includes a library, complete with bookshelves of fine books, movies, and music selections. Take a dip in their pool of red, and then read on a white sand beach. If you can finish at least one book during your stay, The Library team considers its work a success.



The Charles Hotel | Cambridge, MA, USA

The Charles Hotel of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is an independent, luxury hotel overlooking the Charles River in Harvard Square. Peruse the shelves of the Authors’ Library, located in the lobby. You can find books autographed by authors who frequent the hotel – you may even borrow a book or two. See for yourself why the New England Travel Guide has elected The Charles Hotel as the best place to “stay put” when visiting Boston.


Chateau de Courtomer | Normandy, FRANCE

The Chateau de Courtomer, completed in 1789, whispers a grand history—and the original library is not the only nod to literature. In the 19th Century, heir to the last Marquis of Courtomer married Astolphe Louis-Leonor, the Marquis de Custine—a writer himself, he was friend to Honore de Balzac and Francois-René de Chateaubriand. A stay at this magnificent chateau just might inspire you to write a romantic novel all your own.



Emerson Inn by the Sea | Rockport, MA, USA

Emerson Inn by the Sea has quite a history. Beginning as The Pidgeon Cove House, it was a change of profession for a Tavern own who lost his goods in a “raid on all alcoholic spirits.” His new establishment quickly became the place to be for poets and essayists—including, yes, Ralph Waldo Emerson.





Bookish eats & high spirits

Swan & Edgar | Marylebone, London, UK

This wee bar and restaurant located in London’s Marylebone village regularly offers poetry readings and book signings. It also boasts a bar made up of row upon row of secondhand books. Sure, it may be a little claustrophobic for some; but what it lacks in size, it makes up in charm.




Library Bistro & Bookstore Bar | Seattle, WA, USA

Seattle’s Library Bistro & Bookstore Bar recalls restaurants of the 1940’s and 50’s – with high back booths, checkerboard tiles, and oiled oak floors. It also houses bookcases that rise ten feet. If you happen upon a title you can’t live without, you can buy it along side your meal.




Winding Stair | Dublin, IRELAND

The Winding Stair Bookshop & Café has long been a meeting place for writers and artists. It hosts readings and book launches. And it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon. You can shop bookshop of new and second-hand books and then wander upstairs for a taste of Ireland.




Vesuvio | San Francisco, CA, USA

San Francisco’s Vesuvio saloon was a regular hangout for Beat poets. Jack Kerouac so enjoyed his visit one night in 1960 that he missed a meeting with Henry Miller; he kept drinking, calling Miller every hours, explaining a “delay.”




Wilde Bar & Restaurant | Chicago, IL, USA

The Wilde Bar & Restaurant of Chicago pays tribute to Irish playwright, poet and author, Oscar Wilde. The upscale atmosphere includes antique Brunswick bars, stained-glass ceiling domes, leather booths – even a “Grand library” complete with a fireplace and portrait of the man himself.




Café du Livre | Marrakech, MOROCCO

The owners of Café du Livre “set out to create a place where international friends could come together for pleasure, talk … and the exchange of ideas.” Eat a light lunch or brunch—then peruse over 2,000 fiction and non-fiction titles in English, or hundreds of others in French, Spanish, German, and Dutch. When it’s all said and done you can snuggle in with a good book, and sip hot chocolate.


  1. I’m definitely adding these spots to my list of bookish places to go! I have been focusing on authors and specific books, but this post gives me some new ideas. Thanks!

    • amelia

      12 December 2013 at 5:25 am

      So glad we could give you more ideas! We’ll be adding more (probably the first part of next year 🙂 . . .

      And we’ll enjoy reading all about your adventures!

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