I'm not convinced that people travel so they can browse the library which their hotel provides, but it is a nice thought. We recently stayed in upscale accommodations in a historic building from the last century, if not the one before that. It had all the modern conveniences (you betcha). Also, a section of a common (in name only) room held a library. Many of the books were from the era of the building itself. And there was - believe me - a real book smell. [DE]
Daniel Rosenbaum for The New York Times
At its library, the Renaissance Washington, D.C., Downtown Hotel has books about presidents and sports.
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Hotels Add Libraries as Amenity to Keep Guests Inside
By AMY ZIPKIN
Reading material in many hotel rooms has become about as spare as it can be — open the desk drawer and it might hold a Gideon Bible and a Yellow Pages.
But some hotels are giving the humble book another look, as they search for ways to persuade guests, particularly younger ones, to spend more time in their lobbies and bars. They are increasingly stocking books in a central location, designating book suites or playing host to author readings. While the trend began at boutique hotels like the Library Hotel in New York, the Heathman Hotel in Portland, Ore., and the Study at Yale in New Haven, it is expanding to chain hotels.
For these chains, a library — or at least the feel of one — allows a lobby to evolve from a formal space to a more homelike atmosphere, one that younger customers seek. Adam Weissenberg, vice chairman for the travel, hospitality and leisure groups at Deloitte, said, “My general impression is that this ties into changing demographics.” He added, “Younger travelers want to be part of the community.”