10 August 2017

Living in a novel

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The literary hotels where you can breathe in books and films


Imagine. Open the great doors of a hotel and find yourself immersed in the precious pages of a classic novel.


Walk through the lobbies narrated within yellowed pages, pause in interiors designed by words, loose yourself in places described in the most celebrated works.

Imagine yourself as the leading character of a story, in a real corner of the world.

You can.

In the literary hotels.


Secret Escape – the online travel and luxury hotel club with low/cost prices – has gathered together a list of real world hotels inspired by the most renowned stories.

Experience a fairy tale journey.


A fairy tale within a fairy tale, Alice in Wonderland boasts a sea front hotel in Brighton, England. The Wonderland House has 6 rooms drawn from the visionary world of Lewis Carrol, and you can have tea with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare.


The smallest 5-star hotel in the French capital is as magic as Paris, the city it is located in. It is last abode of Oscar Wilde (who died in 1900), the Hôtel d’Alsace (known as the L’Hôtel) numbers 20 sumptuous rooms, among which, the Oscar Wilde Suite.


Milan does not limit itself to just one famous person, for over 150 years it has been home to a hotel that reflects the historic people that have passed through its doors and made this their Milanese residence. In the Grand Hotel et de Milan, there are suites where you may admire the traces left by illustrious figures (photos, autographs, documents and memorabilia) such as Gabriele D’Annunzio, Giuseppe Verdi, Enrico Caruso, Giorgio de Chirico, Maria Callas and Tamara de Lempicka.


Other cities, other stories. The Brown’s Hotel in London is secluded from the city that surrounds it. How could it be otherwise? In this setting Rudyard Kipling penned the Jungle Book. As such, the Kipling Suite honors this acheivment, where there is even a letter signed by the writer.


In Edinburgh put yourself in the shoes of Harry Potter. In room 552 of the regal Balmoral Hotel, J. K. Rowling finished the last chapter of the saga in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. A brass owl doorknocker and an autographed marble bust of Hermes pay tribute to the author.


The William Wordsworth’s romanticism can be adsorbed in the English Lake District where, on a hill that dominates lake Windermere, stands Linthwaite House Hotel. A boutique hotel with 30 rooms that is a point of departure for excursions visiting the nature that inspired the poet and the houses he lived in.


But the literary hotels scattered throughout the world do not end with the list of Secret Escape. There are so many, many more mythical places to stay for at least one night.

Fans of the “Lord of the Rings” will fall in love with the Hobbit Motel, in New Zealand: a series of huts in full Tolkien style, a place to reestablish contact with nature.

On the darker side is the bat cavern of the Eden Motel in Taiwan, inspired by the batman legend.

In the heart of St Petersburg, Dostoyevsky relives in the Radisson Sonya Hotel through his “Crime and Punishment”.


“Little things are important: it is always the little things we get lost in”