What can be more exciting for a bibliophile than to combine their love for books with a novel, pun intended, holiday stay. Capturing the joy and spirit associated with reading and writing, here are five charming abodes across Asia that are a must-visit for all book lovers.
Mandarin Oriental – Bangkok
If you’ve read Margaret Landon’s famous novel Anna and the King of Siam, you’ll remember Anna arriving in Bangkok and staying in the city’s first hotel. Mandarin Oriental, opened in 1876, is that same hotel. One of Bangkok’s most exclusive residences now, it is the Mandarin Oriental’s Authors’ Wing that will genuinely interest bookworms.
An opportunity to bathe in extravagance through these well-appointed rooms, the suites, named after famous authors such as James Michener, Somerset Maugham, and Joseph Conrad, comes with floor to ceiling windows, terraces with river views, and separate living spaces. As the only area in the hotel that still boasts of original features, it is no doubt an expensive stay, but one that will unquestionably result in a memorable vacation.
Address: 48 Oriental Ave, Khwaeng Bang Rak, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Book and Bed – Tokyo
One of the most popular bookish stays in the world ever since it went viral on social media, Book and Bed is the place to stay in Tokyo for all book lovers. This unique “accommodation bookstore” transports you to a magical space like no other, one where books surround you 24×7, and often it’s difficult to tell whether you are in a fantasy or part of reality.
Having multiple locations, their hostel in Shinjuku is quite popular and an excellent budget option as well. All the books in the hotel are available for reading and cover multiple genres across different languages. Although Book and Bed has superior rooms, there is nothing like sleeping inside a bookshelf, in what are basic single rooms with a mattress, safe, Wi-Fi, power socket, curtain, and reading light.
Address: 160-0021 Tokyo-to, Shinjuku Kabukicho 1-27-5 Kabukicho APM Building 8F, Japan
Aloft City Centre Deira – Dubai
A playground for comic book lovers and movie enthusiasts alike, Aloft City Center is one of Dubai’s most entertaining stays. Colorful, trendy, and centrally located, the hotel’s main attraction is its themed-suites that allow guests maximum comfort in fantastical environments.
For readers, though, the superhero-themed room is an obvious choice. Featuring comics to read and exceptional décor that is more stylish than pop-culture, the suite even has an in-room cinema to watch a selection of comic book movies and more.
Address: Baniyas Road – 8th St – Deira – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
The Library – Koh Samui
Before you even step inside this island getaway, The Library wows its visitors with an unconventional red-tiled swimming pool and The Lib, a gorgeously white space filled with 1400 books, movies, and music.
As bookish as it might be, The Library isn’t all out about books, giving art, design, and luxury equal importance. Take the Bookmark room, for example, with its blood-red flooring, rain showers, mood lighting, jacuzzi, and custom-made bed. The Editor adds to this by being a technologically advanced villa featuring a saltwater pool, free to use MacBook Air, outdoor speakers, a wine fridge, and quaint reading spaces. As a result, The Library quickly becomes the ideal spot to lounge for hours or days with a book or few. Else, if you are a writer, there is plenty of inspiration for the taking, helping you finally pen that bestseller.
Address: 14/1 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Koh Samui 84320, Thailand
Henn na Hotel – Tokyo
Not exactly bookish in the most obvious way, but Henn na Hotel will definitely appeal to all science fiction readers. This futuristic hotel in Tokyo is famous for using technology to impress its guests while keeping all of their comforts in mind. The robots at the reception, including a velociraptor, will instantly make you believe that this is no ordinary place, but part of a strange world that can only be true in stories.
Not just limited to the lobby, tech is an integral part of Henn na Hotel everywhere you look. Each room, for instance, has an LGStyler to iron and steam your wrinkled clothes after you’ve lounged around in bed reading a book, no doubt. You’ll also get a private robot concierge with facial expressions, Chromecast, a smart remote control, free use of a handy smartphone, and of course, all the necessary amenities of a standard hotel room.
Address: 〒104-0045 Chuo-ku, Tokyo Tsukiji 2-2-1, Japan