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Inspired By The Book

Destinations
Writer
Helena Hon
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Literally immerse yourself in the beauty of literature at these hotel rooms once the pandemic is over.

If you’re the literary sort yearning to experience what’s written in the novels of your favourite author, why not spend your next holiday living literature? Keep these hotels in mind the next time you plan a literary escapade.

The Balmoral, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Would love to experience a Harry Potter-esque stay but more skewed for adults? You could! In this real-life castle hotel on No. 1, Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland. Built in 1902, the Balmoral Hotel has 167 individually-designed rooms and suites, Michelin-starred cuisine, and best of all ─ the J.K. Rowling Suite. The suite is where the author herself stayed for six months in Room 552 to complete Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The suite has décor inspired by Scottish woodlands much like her book’s Forbidden Forest - the chair and desk she used, a marble bust of Hermes, the Greek God of travel which she personally signed, all seven of her Harry Potter books on the bookcase, and a brass owl door knocker in reference to Hedwig.
https://www.roccofortehotels.com/

Georgian House Hotel, London, United Kingdom
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For a more family-oriented experience of the wizarding world, make your way to the Georgian House Hotel for a one-of-a-kind magical stay. Kids will definitely love the Wizard Chambers, concealed in the lower ground of the building where they can walk through the portrait-lined passageways, just like in the Harry Potter movies. Other than the tastefully decorated suites - complete with spell books, cauldrons, potions bottles and other paraphernalia inspired by the book series, there is the Wizard Afternoon Tea experience for the entire family to enjoy a three-course afternoon tea of mystery and magic. With exciting treats available on the menu, such as slow-cooked beefwitched brisket with spiced tomato chutney and watercress, eye of newt scones, web-topped passion fruit jelly and wizard mocktails, this is an afternoon tea young Potterheads wouldn’t want to miss!
https://georgianhousehotel.co.uk/wizard-experiences/

The Hobbit Motel, Waitomo, New Zealand
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Everyone remembers the epic Middle-earth fantasy The Lord of the Rings, (TLOTR) but did you know that JRR Tolkien wrote the children’s book The Hobbit first? In fact, he wrote TLOTR as a way to continue the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Hobbit of the Shire but TLOTR became a much bigger story in the end. No matter. Now you can continue the story of The Hobbit yourself by staying at The Hobbit Motel, Woodlyn Park, Waitomo Caves, New Zealand. The motel is “underground” and has features like circular windows and thresholds just like homes in the Shire. The inside includes a kitchen, dining area and bedrooms, among others, that can accommodate up to six people. If you’re up for an exploration session, there’s Waitomo Glowworm Caves nearby to check out.
http://www.woodlynpark.co.nz/

The Plaza, New York, USA
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F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote at least 13 books in his lifetime but he is best remembered for his third novel, The Great Gatsby, depicting the flamboyance of the Roaring Twenties. The book was made into film ─ four times! Two of them starred big billers Robert Redford in the 1974 movie, and then Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby in the 2013 version. In the book, Gatsby frequented the Plaza in Manhattan, as did F. Scott Fitzgerald in real life. As a tribute to the author on the remake of the film in 2013, the hotel created the Fitzgerald Suite ─ 700sq ft of dramatic space, one king bed with an intimate living room, period pieces and white glove butler service. The Fitzgerald Suite is located on the 18th floor, and reflects on the opulence of the decade and the novel very well, indeed.
https://www.theplazany.com/rooms-and-suites/fitzgerald-suite-king/

Le Swann, Hôtel Littéraire, Paris, France
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In France, the Le Swann Hotel, built in 1898, is the first literary hotel devoted entirely to Marcel Proust, the French novelist, critic, and essayist who authored the monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu (or Remembrance of Times Past). Located near the Paris Saint-Lazare station, Le Swann breathes life into the author’s words through a collection of his original works. Each of the hotel’s six floors is dedicated to a legendary place described in Proust’s work. There are 81 rooms in all, and each bears the name of a character and a passage from the novel from Remembrance of Times Past.
https://www.hotel-leswann.com/en/

Radisson Sonya Hotel, St Petersburg, Russian
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Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment (1866) is re-enacted in Radisson Sonya Hotel, St Petersburg. Alluding to the story’s era with Napoleonic decor, this boutique hotel features 173 stylish rooms reflecting French styles of the era. The two suites in the hotel are named Rebirth and Ego while the bar-restaurant, which serves the best Russian and European cuisine (according to critiques), is called Metamorphosis. The carpeting in the hotel contain the initial passages of the novel in both English and Russian and every guest room has its own unique door sign with quotes from the Russian classic.
https://www.radissonhotels.com/ru-ru/hotels/radisson-st-petersburg-sonya?cid=a:se

The worlds depicted in literature can sometimes be very different from our own lives,
thus it’s always exciting to experience something out of a book. A stay at any of the
hotels here will definitely be something extraordinary that you’ll remember fondly of
your trip.

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