If you're a fully-fledged bookworm, it's safe to say that you might just consider your favourite writers and novelists akin to rock stars of the literary world. And where better to make like a rock star than by paying a visit to the very hotels where they wined and dined, let inspiration hit or simply holed up away from the glare of writer's block?
If that sounds right up your street, here's where to head to follow in the footsteps of the world's great writers, both past and present.
Hotel Chelsea | New York City, USA
A building filled to the rafters with scandal and intrigue, you probably know the place better as the Chelsea Hotel. Home to artists, musicians and writers alike, if these walls could talk, they'd sure have a lot to say.
When it comes to writers, the Chelsea hotel has it all. Dylan Thomas lived and died here. Jack Kerouac wrote On the Road here. Arthur C. Clarke wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey here. Thomas Wolfe, Mark Twain and Arthur Miller have all been guests here.
Don't miss your chance to check in and check it out.
222 West 23rd Street, Chelsea, Manhattan, New York City (closed for renovations)
Hotel Ambos Mundos | Havana, Cuba
After his first visit in 1928 where he stayed at the Hotel Ambos Mundos, Ernest Hemingway quickly fell in love with the vitality of Cuba. He frequented the hotel each time that he came back, even making it his home for seven years from 1932 to 1939.
So if you want a little slice of the Hemingway action for yourself, be sure to visit number 511 - you can't stay in the room itself but you can get a good look inside and pretend like you are.
153 Obispo, Havana, Cuba
Hotel Pont Royale | Paris, France
Follow in the footsteps of your favourite artistes and book a room at the Hotel Pont Royale. It's at this exquisite Left Bank hotel that you can immerse yourself in the world of past guests such as James Joyce, Camus, Sartre and Gabriel García Márquez.
The best part is that it's just a stone's throw from the classic literary haunts of Paris: Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots. What are you waiting for? C'est magnifique!
7 Rue Montalembert, 75007 Paris
Hotel Monteleone | New Orleans, USA
Sitting pretty in the heart of New Orleans' historic French quarter, Hotel Monteleone boasts an impressive list of literary elite for its former guests. Everyone from Hemingway to Truman Capote and William Faulkner have called Hotel Monteleone home for a night or two.
In fact in 1999, the Friends of the Library Association named the hotel an official literary landmark. How's that for impressive?
214 Royal St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Radisson Sonya Hotel | St. Petersburg, Russia
If you're a fan of the Dostoyevsky novel Crime and Punishment, then you're in for a right treat at the Radisson Sonya Hotel because the whole place is inspired by the Russian classic. With the entire interior reflecting the imagery of the book, quotes can be found all over the hotel - from the carpet to the walls.
Agreed, it might not be the most aspirational of classic novels, but don't let that deter you because this is a hotel that's truly one of a kind.
5/19 Liteyny Prospekt, St. Petersburg, 191187
So if you're a travelling bookworm, don't hesitate for a moment longer. Check out one of these literary gems and dream among the greats!Suggest a correction