Celebrated nationally within the United States from April 23 – 29, 2023, National Library Week is an annual observance dedicated to celebrating and highlighting the value and appreciation of libraries. But bibliophiles can celebrate libraries around the world every day of the year with Hilton. From intimate bar libraries to serene and secluded library nooks just ripe for getting lost in a book, Hilton’s on-property libraries across the globe are sure to satisfy any book lover’s dream. Here are a few Hilton libraries beckoning you to grab a cozy seat, stay indoors and turn the pages.
Located near downtown Reading, Pennsylvania, steps from the Reading Royals’ Santander Arena, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Reading welcomes guests with signature, warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookies. While visiting the hotel, enjoy its library, decorated floor-to-ceiling with bookshelves in a warm and inviting space. When not reading or exploring the city, enjoy a dip in the hotel’s indoor pool, squeeze in a workout in its 24-hour fitness center, and grab a casual bite in Cheers American Bistro, featuring fresh, natural and organic products from local Pennsylvania farms.
The Library Bar at the new Hilton Rome Eur La Lama hotel provides a cozy place to unwind with a book and a drink after sightseeing in the Eternal City or attending an event at the La Nuvola Roma Convention Center connected to the hotel. With elegant bookcases, ornate artwork, and lush furnishings creating an atmospheric setting, it’s easy to fall under the Library Bar’s spell – especially with its plentiful books and magazines about art, cinema, painting, photography, history, Rome, and more available to enjoy by hotel guests and locals alike. The hotel itself is an architectural masterpiece; step into the large hall and the gaze is lost up to the 16th floor, an immense empty volume 60 meters high, overlooked by the balconies of the floors as if they were suspended. And boasting breathtaking views of the city, the fine dining Roof Top restaurant and terrace is scheduled to open soon.
Nestled into hilly tropical gardens and surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is a peaceful getaway with private villas overlooking the Indian Ocean. When escaping to a beach destination, nothing beats a good beach read. Bookworms will find a haven in the Library, featuring relaxing and airy ocean views. Guests can also enjoy a variety of complimentary experiences around the resort, including snorkeling, kayaking, swimming at the infinity pool, a relaxing massage at the eforea Spa, drinks at the Lower Deck pop-up gin bar and Creole-inspired flavors at Mahé Restaurant.
Soaring 52 stories, Waldorf Astoria Chengdu is connected to upscale shopping at Chengdu’s in99 Plaza. Guests can discover 2,300 years of Sichuan province history with tailor-made excursions — including tours of ancient tea houses and the Shui Jing Fang distillery from the Yuan Dynasty. If you’re looking for a relaxing space on property, the hotel features it in spades, from its Peacock Alley with panoramic views to its authentic local restaurant Brasserie99, and from its 48th-floor pool to a luxury spa. The luxurious, dramatic closed-off library and its secluded reading space is a proper launching pad to begin a new story.
Located on the University of Pennsylvania campus, across the street from The Wharton School and blocks from Drexel University, experience an Ivy League, collegiate feel at The Inn at Penn, a Hilton Hotel’s library. Decorated with rich wood paneling, plush and leather furniture, two fireplaces and wall-to-wall bookshelves, this hotel “Living Room” is a traditional sanctuary from the pulsating city life outside its doors and offers cocktails and light bites. When done devouring your book, be satiated at the inn by the Korean fare found at Chef Peter Serpico’s Kpod or the French-inspired menu found at Louie Louie bistro.
Steps from the sandy path leading from Baker’s Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton to its beachfront hammocks shaded by the palm fronds blowing in the Caribbean wind, is the resort’s modern library lounge. Filled with paperbacks — many with nautical themes – grab a contemporary chair and enjoy a classic or borrow a book and dive into it by the pool. The lounge also offers board games and billiards, perfect for wiling away a sun-filled vacation day.
Travelers who want to fully immerse themselves in a library experience can book the Bi-Level Loft With Library suite at Waldorf Astoria Washington DC. This unique 860-square-foot suite features an internal spiral staircase to a loft with a quiet sitting area and desk. Housed in the iconic Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue, the suite is one of several exquisitely furnished suites showcasing classic D.C. grandeur with a modern perspective.
As Franklin’s first boutique hotel, The Harpeth Franklin Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton pairs modern-day comfort and timeless charm with subtle nods to the town’s rich history. The hotel is complete with a library kept cozy by a fireplace and a wide range of Franklin and Civil War-themed books curated by Landmark Booksellers, a locally owned and operated bookstore just around the corner. Guests of the pet-friendly Harpeth Hotel find 119 elegant guest rooms, each mimicking a traditional Southern home with features such as mudroom entryways, expansive bathroom vanities, herringbone and chevron patterns and local artwork, as well as chef-driven menus at the innovative yet approachable 1799 Kitchen.