Friday, January 3, 2014

More Than Just a Resting Place!

Libraries are a longstanding feature of many well-established hotels worldwide. And while those traditions may have disappeared for a while, there are many newer hotels and inns trying to bring them back to life.  I read an interesting New York Times article about this, where they described some hotels across the world and their efforts to provide guests not just a place to stay, but a way to connect - with books!

1. Ballyfin Hotel - County Laois, Ireland 
A beautiful restored 17th century manor house holds over 5,000 books on mahogany shelves and features topics from ancient law to modern garden design. 

2. Fogo Island Inn - Newfoundland, Canada
The furnishings and crafts are made by local artisans, and the warm cozy fireplace is the perfect spot to read one of the 1,000 books about Newfoundland culture and history. 

3. St. Regis Florence, Italy 
You can find Assouline art books on the coffee tables as they are part of the library's decor!

4. Country Inn & Suites Chain, United States
This chain offers a Read It and Return Lending Library program, where guests can take their unfinished books with them to return on their next visit. How convenient! They even partnered with Random House last year to ensure a wide range of books are always available. 

To read the full article, click here.

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