By Terry Trucco
I love hotel libraries, book-lined havens – or at the very least, a cozy room with a couple of well-stocked shelves – where you can climb into a big, squishy sofa or club chair. Sure, you can byo, but half the fun is discovery – that obscure novel you missed, a travel or photography book you’ve never seen or a Dutch design magazine you didn’t know existed.
Paper rules at hotel libraries. Elsie de Wolfe knew nothing warms up a room like books, and generations of decorators absorbed her edict. Let’s face it — most hotel libraries are decorative. (For the serious stuff, check out New York Public Library on 42nd and Fifth Avenue.) Increasingly, hotels garnish their sitting areas with picture books, like the lounge at the new Hyatt 48Lex. A few flaunt full-fledged libraries.
Here are five I love – and a few more I like a lot.