Sure, curling up in your own bed with a good book is always high on everyone’s list — but you can do it one better by actually doing it in a luxury hotel room (don’t you just love those high-threadcount-sheets?). Here is a quick round-up of a few hotels offering books as amenities in March and beyond.
The Book Butler Program at The Ben West Palm, Autograph Collection
A first-of-its-kind program, hotel guests at The Ben West Palm, Autograph Collection can select a complimentary brand-new best-selling book from the in-room Book Butler menu. The book will be hand-delivered by the hotel’s resident Book Butler and accompanied by a sweet treat from the ‘Book Bites’ menu. To support local business, The Ben partnered with The Palm Beach Book Store, a recovering business post-pandemic, to curate the menu that contains four titles. The menu is a rotating series with new books every quarter and will soon expand to include in-person author readings and a book club this spring. The Ben has committed to continuing to purchase the books from The Palm Beach Book Store and will donate any books left behind by guests to West Palm Beach Library Foundation. In the tradition of storytelling, the Book Butler Program pays homage to the rich literary history of the hotel and to the late Byrd Dewey, a 19th century best-selling author and celebrated local columnist. Her early pioneering days in South Florida and her nearby estate, Ben Trovato, serve as the inspiration behind this new program and the hotel design. The book titles selected are not only timely and topical, but also are aligned with the subjects and passions shared by Byrd Dewey.
Graduate Hotels x Silent Book Club Partnership
Reading a good book is one thing; enjoying reading a good book is another. Graduate Hotels is flipping two pages with one finger by teaming up with Silent Book Club to host public readings at select properties on both sides of the Atlantic. A global community of “readers and introverts” counting 300 chapters led by volunteers around the world, Silent Book Club turns the often pressure-filled traditional book club concept on its head by inviting members to gather and simply…read. No assignments, no pressure – just a grand time reading. To jump right in and enjoy, head to Graduate Nashville near Vanderbilt University in Music City, Tennessee, on April 6, with forthcoming events taking place at The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels near the University of Oxford in England and Graduate Cambridge along the River Cam near Cambridge University.
A Local Legend’s Love of Books Lives on at The Beatrice, Providence, RI
The Beatrice hotel launched in September 2021, and it is the first boutique hotel to open in Providence, RI, in nearly a decade. The 47-room property’s modern, elegant style is inspired by Beatrice Temkin, a Rhode Island resident, community leader and philanthropist with a lifelong love of reading. To celebrate Beatrice, the hotel offers a “Bea’s Book of the Month” program, which partners with independent bookstore Symposium Books to offer a curated monthly selection of books ranging from romantic thrillers to family-forward tales. Guests can select to add on Bea’s Book of the Month when booking their room so they know a great tome awaits them during their Providence getaway.
These are all novel ideas!
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