The Group Travel Leader

JAN 2017

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T H E 1 0 9 GROUP G G R R O U P TRAVEL LE ADER T H E B Y A S H L E Y R I C K S OVERNIGHT SUCCESSES T H E S E T H E M E H O T E L S A R E D E S T I N A T I O N S U N T O T H E M S E L V E S — T H E L I B R A R Y H O T E L — N E W YOR K CIT Y The Library Hotel in New York City is a library for book lovers. The hotel features more than 6,000 books throughout its 60 guest rooms, and if that's not enough of a selection, the hotel is located on Library Way, only a block from the New York Public Library. The hotel has also partnered with publishers Simon & Schuster to create an e-book lending app that allows guests to check out an e-book to read on their electronic devices during their stay. Each of the hotel's floors is based on a different category from the Dewey Decimal System, and each room of books features a different genre. For example, the 700s are literature, so the seventh floor is the arts floor and includes rooms based on architecture and fashion design among others. Other rooms throughout the hotel include the Mythology room, the Fairy Tales room and the Astronomy room. A popular spot with guests staying at the Library Hotel is the rooftop area, which includes the Writer's Den and the Poetry Garden — indoor and outdoor reading and social spaces— and the Bookmarks Lounge, a literary-themed bar that serves cocktails such as the Tequila Mockingbird. "The beauty of a themed hotel is it somehow speaks to your heart, it speaks to you," said Adele Gutman, the senior vice president for the hotel. "It's not necessarily meant for everyone, but for the ones who do like those things, there is nothing better." Accordingly, if books are not your forte, the Library Hotel Collection also includes other themed hotels like Aria for music lovers and the new Hotel X Toronto, which features numerous wellness and sports activities of all types. It will open later this year. W W W. L I BR A RY HOT E L .COM W hen it comes to hotels, themed properties can send a great hotel stay over the top and enhance an already memorable trip. A hotel doesn't simply have to be where you crash at the end of a busy day. What could be better for book lovers than being surrounded by a handpicked selection of tomes with which to curl up before bed? Wine aficionados will love the extensive selection of wines and being immersed in the viticulture and character of Oregon's Willamette Valley. Everyone will enjoy the fantastic experience of staying in a boutique hotel that focuses on the experiences of their guests. Here are five themed hotels we've picked to please everyone in your group, from the unimpressed to the enthusiasts. 1 Photos courtesy e Library Hotel Collection THE READING GARDEN IS A POPULAR SPOT TO CURL UP WITH A BOOK. THE DESIGN OF THE LIBRARY HOTEL IS BASED ON THE DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM THE LIBRARY HOTEL HAS OVER 6,000 BOOKS. HO T E L 1 0 1

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