With the 23rd celebration of all things literary approaching on March 5th, here at Chic Retreats we’ve got to thinking about boutique hotels for World Book Day. Whether you’re into Shakespeare, romance, crime, or classics, we’ve got a novel-inspired getaway for you. Read on for some of our top picks.
Old-fashioned hospitality and lavish yet traditional interiors greet guests at this rather impressive Georgian townhouse in Spitalfields. Unapologetically eccentric, the hotel offers a unique experience in a corner of east London that features in Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist. Sister places The Rookery in Clerkenwell and Hazlitt’s in Soho have a loyal client base, and this luxury spot is following in their footsteps.
Explore Batty Langley’s – rooms from £152 per night.
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love takes readers on her journey of exploration through Italy, India, and Indonesia. In Bali, she spends time in Ubud, where we recommend checking into the Pari Sudha, a budget boutique hotel with just 8 rooms. Simple, relaxing and private, it’s impossible to fault the fantastic service given by the owner and his team of friendly staff.
Explore Pari Sudha – rooms from £39 per night.
Set in rural Galicia, Mazurka for Two Dead Men is a brutal tale about the Spanish Civil War, and the culmination of Camilo José Cela’s literary art. Nowadays, the verdant region is the locale for Noa Boutique, a 32-room oasis set in a picturesque enclave overlooking the historic castle of Santa Cruz. The added bonus? All bedrooms feature a terrace with sea views.
Explore Noa Boutique – rooms from £78 per night.
A boutique guest house just steps away from Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, this relaxing retreat in the heart of historic Florence has been open since 2004, with 11 rooms and 2 suites. The city is the backdrop for A Room with a View, E. M. Forster’s 1908 novel straddling Firenze and England – a story of romance, and a critique of Edwardian society.
Explore Casa Howard – rooms from £53 per night.
A 1996 novel by Alex Garland, The Beach is set in Thailand and tracks a backpacker’s search for utopia. For those fancying a stay close to where the movie was filmed, head to Paresa Phuket, an idyllic off the beaten track retreat. Surrounded by tropical forests on a hillside overlooking Kamala Bay, this luxury spot has 48 ocean-view suites enjoying vistas out to the Andaman Sea – and currently boasts up to 40% off stays.
Explore Paresa Phuket – rooms from £350 per night.
Sitting on a quiet residential street next to Henrietta Park, this charming establishment is just moments from Bath, the city Jane Austen’s main character Anne Elliot moved to in Persuasion. Spread across two Victorian houses, the dog-friendly hotel is home to 21 individually decorated rooms, a cocktail bar, and serves top-notch Afternoon Tea.
Explore Roseate Villa – rooms from £131 per night.
Narrated by Canadian composer Colin McPhee and first published in 1947, A House in Bali takes a look at the importance of music in the island’s life. For those wishing to experience Indonesia for themselves, why not check-in to REVĪVŌ, a spa haven set amidst teak trees and tropical forests – prepare to be rejuvenated, soothed, and enriched. Book a stay 21 days in advance and receive 15% off.
Explore REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort – rooms from £247 per night.
Crete was the location for Nikos Kazantzakis’s Zorba the Greek, an island of varied terrain known for its hospitality. Planning a trip there? Stay at Galini Breeze, a dinky, upmarket boutique hotel offering comfortable and elegant accommodation across 4 exclusive detached studios – an adults-only hideaway in a picturesque setting.
Explore Galini Breeze – rooms from £113 per night.
‘Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene…’ The famous opening lines to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the tragedy about two star-crossed lovers. Fancy visiting the region the play was set in? Head to Italy, and check into this scenic property overlooking the vineyards of Amarone della Valpolicella.
Explore Tenuta Le Cave – rooms from £74 per night.
Not far from the Grands Boulevards, 40-room boutique Hotel Panache is well-positioned in the 9th arrondissement, making it the perfect Parisian bolthole. A short walk south takes you to The Louvre, the scene of a crime in Dan Brown’s the Da Vinci Code. Back at the hotel, Chef Hugo Lafaurie plates up authentic yet modern French cuisine at the on-site restaurant.
Explore Hotel Panache – rooms from £113 per night.
The Diary of Anna Frank traces the story of a family forced into hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Fast forward to present day, and visitors to the city should make a beeline for the museum dedicated to the Jewish wartime diarist. And just 3 minutes around the corner sits Canal House, a 23-room sanctuary in Jordaan where historical charm abounds and nothing is too much trouble for the amiable staff.
Explore Canal House – rooms from £201 per night.
Chocolate box cottages and rolling hills surround Hampshire’s Amport, the village that’s also home to 9-room foodie paradise the Hawk Inn. Situated just outside of Andover, where Agatha Christie puts Hercule Poirot’s sleuthing skills to the test in the ABC Murders, the pub is part of the Upham Group. The collective has a number of UK pubs in its portfolio, including the White Hart and the Bunk Inn.
Explore the Hawk Inn – rooms from £74 per night.