The Jefferson, Washington DC Rating: 5.0 Pearls

It's chilly out there, and sometimes there's nothing better than curling up with a cup of hot cocoa and a book -- or even just the cocoa. But when you're staying in a hotel, it can be tricky to find the perfect corner for reading. That's where we come in -- Oyster.com investigators have stayed at hundreds of hotels with libraries that run the gamut: everything from one-book "lending libraries" to luxurious library-themed bars to entire hotels devoted to the Dewey Decimal System. So pick a book (or turn on your Kindle) and check out our favorite hotel libraries in this slideshow! After a massive renovation in 2009, this boutique hotel reopened, and regained its place among DC's elite hotels. The staff went to great lengths to incorporate aspects of Thomas Jefferson's life that are less known than his accomplishments as a statesman and an author. Jefferson the architect? The custom-made toile draperies in the rooms depict scenes from Monticello and other buildings he designed. Jefferson the book lover? Enter the lovely library, and peruse its impressive collection of vintage hardcovers (Writings of Thomas Paine, The Age of Voltaire, Encyclopaedia Americana). With the blazing fire, the velvet chairs, and the resulting romantic ambiance, any historian would feel right at home in this intimate, luxurious space.

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Curlin' Up With Cocoa: Cozy Hotel Libraries (1 of 12)

 It's chilly out there, and sometimes there's nothing better than curling up with a cup of hot cocoa and a book -- or even just the cocoa. But when you're staying in a hotel, it can be tricky to find the perfect corner for reading. That's where we come in -- Oyster.com investigators have stayed at hundreds of hotels with libraries that run the gamut: everything from one-book "lending libraries" to luxurious library-themed bars to entire hotels devoted to the Dewey Decimal System. So pick a book (or turn on your Kindle) and check out our favorite hotel libraries in this slideshow! After a massive renovation in 2009, this boutique hotel reopened, and regained its place among DC's elite hotels. The staff went to great lengths to incorporate aspects of Thomas Jefferson's life that are less known than his accomplishments as a statesman and an author. Jefferson the architect? The custom-made toile draperies in the rooms depict scenes from Monticello and other buildings he designed. Jefferson the book lover? Enter the lovely library, and peruse its impressive collection of vintage hardcovers (Writings of Thomas Paine, The Age of Voltaire, Encyclopaedia Americana). With the blazing fire, the velvet chairs, and the resulting romantic ambiance, any historian would feel right at home in this intimate, luxurious space.
It's chilly out there, and sometimes there's nothing better than curling up with a cup of hot cocoa and a book -- or even just the cocoa. But when you're staying in a hotel, it can be tricky to find the perfect corner for reading. That's where we come in -- Oyster.com investigators have stayed at hundreds of hotels with libraries that run the gamut: everything from one-book "lending libraries" to luxurious library-themed bars to entire hotels devoted to the Dewey Decimal System. So pick a book (or turn on your Kindle) and check out our favorite hotel libraries in this slideshow! After a massive renovation in 2009, this boutique hotel reopened, and regained its place among DC's elite hotels. The staff went to great lengths to incorporate aspects of Thomas Jefferson's life that are less known than his accomplishments as a statesman and an author. Jefferson the architect? The custom-made toile draperies in the rooms depict scenes from Monticello and other buildings he designed. Jefferson the book lover? Enter the lovely library, and peruse its impressive collection of vintage hardcovers (Writings of Thomas Paine, The Age of Voltaire, Encyclopaedia Americana). With the blazing fire, the velvet chairs, and the resulting romantic ambiance, any historian would feel right at home in this intimate, luxurious space. This luxury boutique resort opened in Vail in 2010, and prices are often more than fair for what you get: Two great restaurants, including the farm-to-table Block 16, plus a chic lounge; an outdoor pool; four Jacuzzis; an upscale spa; and beautiful, high-end decor in the airy lobby and cozy (yet spacious) library -- no cabin kitsch here. The lobby has light stone walls, a barrel ceiling with wood beams, stylish furniture, and a sleek black fireplace with a surround of perpendicular stacked wood slats. The intimate library, by contrast, is a cozier area with comfy leather seating, dim lighting, and an extensive collection of books within its towering black bookshelves. Guests can also find free newspapers in the library every morning. This homey, literary-themed boutique, located down the block from New York's famous Public Library, features 60 rooms organized in the Dewey Decimal System. The 2nd-floor reading room is lined with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves (Nixon, Neruda, or Tom Wolfe, anyone?), and fresh orchids sit on each of the tables. Guests can come at any hour to pore over the paper (New York Times or USA Today, TimeOut New York or City) with a pastry and a cup of coffee or an espresso from their La Cimbali machine. Best known for its sexy bar and pool scenes, the Viceroy Santa Monica is one of the few party-focused hotels in Santa Monica with a library -- and a super stylish one at that. The Kelly Wearstler-designed hotel features some of her favorite motifs, such as animals and pops of color. In the library, however, she went for a 60s homey vibe with lemon-yellow furniture and a shag carpet, but she still kept it fashion-forward with funky bookshelves (reflected in the mirrored coffee table) and a modern chandelier. Okay, so the Library Bar at the Hudson Hotel may not be an actual library, but it's certainly cozy enough to be one. The hotel features four popular bars -- and though celeb sightings were more frequent back when the hotel first opened in 2000, the Library Bar still draws an attractive, fun crowd. But the scene is calmer now, so you probably could curl up with a book and some spiked cocoa if you wanted to. Five minutes from Grand Central and 10 minutes from bustling Times Square, the Iroquois is an uncommonly quiet, 114-room hotel with an ideal Midtown West location. The hotel's biggest asset, however, is its library. Right by the entrance, it has huge, blown-glass windows looking out onto 44th Street and a collection of vintage books. There's also a complimentary computer and printer if the free Wi-Fi (available throughout the hotel) doesn't cut it. Besides books, the hotel also offers complimentary DVD rentals (which you can watch from your in-room DVD player). This 35-room combo of Edwardian townhouses is warm and intimate with a country home feel, and is in a great location for exclusive West End shopping. With wonderful boutique perks such as a gorgeous library, the free English afternoon tea (guests at other hotels will have to pay at least a £15 premium to enjoy such a tradition), free pre-dinner champagne, and free hot chocolate before bed, it's hard to find much at the Draycott to complain about. Donald Trump's first hotel in downtown New York has the attention to detail and hands-on service you'd expect from a Trump property, but the slightly hipper vibe and great SoHo location cater to a younger set. The exclusive, celebrity-filled Kastel bar, pricey Quattro restaurant, luxurious spa, and seasonally open pool are the hotel's main features. On the second floor is the library, designed to be an extension of the lobby, complete with a fireplace, couches and armchairs, and colorful Taschen coffee table books. It is a great spot for drinks or appetizers. This 249-room Spanish-Colonial-style resort in the rolling hills near Del Mar is stunning, from the old-world decor to the enormous rooms to the luxurious spa. It features four pools, excellent restaurants, an 18-hole golf course, an Equestrian Center, and free car service in a Mercedes or Cadillac Escalade. But since it's inland, there are no ocean views; however, it does have a beautiful, cavernous library with leather seats and busts of various scholars. The stylish and modern Rosewood Sand Hill leaves very little to be desired for either business travelers or families. The 121 rooms are bright and airy, complete with HD TVs with surround sound, spacious showers (the rain showerheads have fantastic pressure), and large, sunny patios and balconies with views of the beautiful natural surroundings. Michelin-starred dining at Madera, a luxury spa, stunning landscaping, and a family-friendly outdoor pool round out the experience; plus, the spacious library has an airy, open feel with floor-to-ceiling windows and a high wood-beamed ceiling.It's one of the top luxury properties in Silicon Valley, and proves why the Rosewood brand's reputation is well-deserved. The small 32-room Rusty Parrot Lodge is decidedly upscale for the area and notably quiet despite its central location. The property embraces a rustic chic decor, including in the super spacious, bright rooms (some with fireplaces) with clean, white-tile bathrooms. It hits all of the requisite apres-ski offerings: an outdoor lounge deck with a Jacuzzi and firepits,a stylish bar manned by knowledgeable mixologists, and an ornate reading room with heavy leather chairs, a fireplace, and of course, a (faux) mounted deer head. The 205-room property is a solid representative of the Westin brand, located in Downtown Portland and offering a decent gym and a classy (but overpriced) American restaurant. It feels more intimate than other, larger Westins, with a cozy lobby and a small -- but uber-stylish -- library. Rooms are modern and comfortable, with 42-inch flat-screens and iPod docks; the corner rooms let in tons of natural light and showcase beautiful views of the city and mountains. But be warned that you'll have to pay extra for Wi-Fi and parking.
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