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Marriott swooped in last year and made plenty of Marriott Rewards members happy by adding the Carlton Hotel to its Autograph Collection. And while perhaps the place isn't quite as historic as its Autograph Collection sister hotel, The Algonquin, the Carlton still has a few tricks up its sleeves...
So for those of you planning on staying here, here's a little secret: up in room 1105, you'll find the exact bookcase you see pictured above. Looks like a normal bookcase, right? Wrong. The bookcase is in fact a door that opens onto a hidden wood-paneled room, accessible only to guests staying in room 1105, which is also known as The Speakeasy Suite.
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The other day we were wandering around inside Brooklyn's The Wythe Hotel when we headed to the back of the lobby area, and discovered that the floor-to-ceiling bookcase, which sat empty on our last visit, had finally been filled—and boy, did someone get creative.
Looking through each shelf, we spotted everything from the Idiot's Guide To Learning Yiddish to the entire The Hardy Boys series to cookbooks to vintage board games like Monopoly, Connect 4 and the MAD Magazine game.
But as we recall, we also stumbled upon a nifty collection of books earlier this summer over at the The NoMad—so is this all part of some new trend? Wasn't print media supposedly going the way of the dinosaurs? Well, apparently not if NYC's two biggest new boutique hotels have anything to do with it.
Opened in 2003, the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston is credited by some as helping to revive the surrounding Kenmore Square neighborhood (its clean, cozy rooms and close proximity to Fenway are certainly a big part of its charm).
Our stay there back in 2010 proved a lot of fun, pampered as we were by the hotel's then-popular Girls In the City package. But for a different, mellower kind of indulgent experience, try cozying up in the hotel's one-of-a-kind Reading Suite, where guests can leaf through a 50+ collection of author-signed books, local magazines, newspapers, and an original letter by Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes).
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But the Tryp lobby is limited (this is New York after all), and the bar area can fill up quickly during the after-work scene. So it's lucky they have designated a separate—but equally fun—room for spillover, where customers can take their drinks and chill out away from the hubbub. It's called the Library and it happens to be one of our favorite spaces in the hotel.
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It doesn't take much to get us excited about a new hotel brand but this one has us fired up, or rather ready to relax in a hammock with a classic novel on the beach somewhere.
Hemingway Ltd., a corporation owned by the estate and family of Ernest Hemingway have just announced a worldwide licensing agreement for Hemingway Hotels and Resorts to build luxury hotels and resorts based on the life of the legendary author.
The company has had interest from and is targeting developers and existing owners who are building new, or converting existing, hotels in destinations that are inspired by his work, travels and appetite for life, all representing the best of the Hemingway lifestyle. A prolific writer, world traveler and constant adventurer, Hemingway’s spirit lives on with a timeless appeal that will imbue each distinctive property.
It was out of sheer curiosity that we dragged ourselves over to the brand new NoMad Hotel in Manhattan, which, despite not officially opening for another five days, had plenty of people bustling in and out of the lobby and the restaurant.
Yet despite all the action, a strict no-photography policy was being enforced, so we didn't get many shots of the lobby itself (except the above). However, we did manage to sneak back, through the skylit dining room, past the dark and moody bar, and into the wood-paneled library in the back of the hotel.
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Wandering around Gamboa Rainforest Resort in Panama recently, we were excited to discover the hotel had its own private library, accessible via a small staircase leading up from the lobby.
Which is, in many ways, far superior to the usual "VIP" club lounge experience. For starters, all guests are welcome, it's always quiet and peaceful, and you can actually educate yourself about your surroundings with bookshelves full of texts on Panamanian history and wildlife. Plus, it kind of reminded us of the library scene from Beauty and the Beast—except way smaller. And in the middle of a rainforest.
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Cocktails and Chanel Retrospectives — the perfect combo
Taschen and Assouline have won acclaim for releasing gorgeous fashion, art, and design tomes, going head to head for prominence in the realm of luxe book publishers. It seemed that the former had a leg up when the Trump Soho decided to stock its library with mint condition Taschen books, but Assouline is playing catch up as London's Halkin hotel welcomes the Assouline Culture Lounge to its lobby bar.
Six months after the Pulizer family announced they would be opening a Pulitzer Hotel in Fairhope, Ala. comes news from Palm Beach Daily News that the lobby will include the world's first-ever Pulitzer Library. Unlike many of the "lobby libraries" we see in New York (often boasting solely Taschen or Phaidon titles), these won't be your standard coffee table books. And unlike a regular library, the books won't actually be for borrow—instead, the collection "will be more like a museum," says co-owner Kourtney Pulitzer.
Mac Pulitzer, whose great-grandfather was Joseph Pulitzer, and wife Kourtney Pulitzer, hope to appeal to the already-sizable intellectual community of Fairhope—authors Winston Groom, Fannie Flagg, Andy Anderson, Jimmy Buffet and W.E.B. Griffin have all called this lakeside town home. And though no renderings of the rooms have surfaced, the hotel will have "a Southern coastal charm with 10-foot ceilings, a pool on the top and a luxury spa."
As for the structure itself? 2,000 titles, all written by Pulitzer Prize winners, nominees, and local authors, will be housed in the collection, which is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2012.
Londoners haven’t really gone out much this week. In fact, if ever there’s been a week when you want to lock yourself in your house and read a good book, this is it. So it was that a couple of days ago we remembered the library at the W London - or, to call it by its proper name, the (W)riters Library, containing 100 books – 10 chosen by 10 famous authors, and inscribed by said authors as to why they’ve chosen them.
Yesterday, we ventured out of our bunker to see the library. First good thing: not all the sexy plates are gone. Hurrah! In fact, the library just takes up two blocks in the center of the Union Jack shelves. V discreet.
In fact, the whole concept is equally discreet – there’s no sign saying “famous autographs here”, no advertising – it’s up to you to pick up a book, see the bookplate, and work out whose it is (they haven’t all signed them).
Some of the choices are fascinating. The first book we picked up was Middlemarch – yup, that humungous 19th century tome by George Eliot. It had been chosen by no other than Bret Easton Ellis - in fact, he’d even called it
The best 19th century social-realist novel.
Think books instead of dishes
We had a slight renaissance in our way of thinking about W London Leicester Square when we made it in for a proper look a couple of weeks back, and now we’re even more excited about the latest addition to the hotel: the (W)riters Library.
It’s the brainchild of Damian Barr, who, you might recall, was the Reader in Residence at Andaz London (and then around the world). And it’s a little more exciting than a standard hotel library. The lush-tongued Scot has asked 10 writers from both sides of the Atlantic to each choose their 10 essential books – and write a handwritten note explaining what it means to them inside each one. According to Damian:
Some have lifted quotes, others have gone a tad impressionistic and several have crafted short stories in their own right. Their choices are far from predictable (Dr Seuss anyone?)
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The newly opened Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, India, has a lot of cool features, like it is one of the country's last remaining grand palaces, and it's built entirely of Italian marble and in the shape of a scorpion. But the geeks that we are, we're digging its expansive library.
The hotel carries more than 5,900 books in its Imperial Library. You'll find tomes on literature, history and religion. Though the standout is a rare collection of the holy Quran.