The Jefferson, Washington DC 4.5

Downtown, Washington, D.C., United States
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 -- 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.

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