While travel bucket lists may be on hold for some of us right now, discovering new places, cultures and people through the pages of a book is still filled with the promise of pleasure and escape. Book buying grew by up to 400% week on week at some points during the pandemic, as many rediscovered the joy of reading as escapism and mindfulness. For those who are ready to travel, the thought of a sun lounger or hammock accompanied by a great read is one of many reasons to book a trip.
Launching today, Kimpton Book Club invites travellers to explore the fascinating cities where some Kimpton hotels are found through stories new and old, inspired by or set in these favourite and bucket list destinations. Titles are by classic and modern writers, novelists and poets; those who are natives of the city or visitors showing it through fresh eyes; sharing snapshots of the day-to-day, their version of historic events, or telling personal tales against a backdrop of that place. Specially curated reading lists mean you can explore Edinburgh through the story of Dexter and Emma in David Nicholl’s 2009 novel One Day or consider Tokyo with the poetic recollections of Yayoi Kusama in Every Day I Pray for Love. Why not travel to Bangkok through the pages of a recipe book?
Dig into the reading lists from Kimpton hotels in Bangkok, London, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Paris Barcelona and Edinburgh, as well as Bali (opening later this year) on the Kimpton Book Club site here.
Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo has designed a package for travelling bookworms. The one-night package includes in-room Afternoon tea to enjoy with a page-turner, access to the books in the Kimpton Book Club reading lists via digital tablet during their stay, as well as a paperback book to take away upon check out to enjoy at home or on their next trip. All this on top of signature perks, including Social Hour at 5pm and Morning Kickstart at The Jones Café & Bar. Details and terms and conditions can be found here. Book direct with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and IHG Hotels & Resorts for great value and flexible cancellations policy, plus earn and spend points and enjoy perks when you are back on the road with IHG Rewards.
Kimpton is also encouraging reconnecting through the Kimpton Book Club for those separated by current travel restrictions. Friends and family can explore the world together through Kimpton’s curated reading list of fiction and non-fiction titles available in local bookstores or downloadable as an e-book in multiple languages.
Look out for more Book Club activities from Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok in the coming months, and the opening of the brand’s first resort in Thailand, Kimpton Kitalay Samui in late 2021, welcoming guests to a differentiated stay experience on Choengmon Beach.
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Kimpton Hotels in the US have launched a partnership with Literary Hub, the go-to site for book lovers and literary culture. Enjoy discounted rates and cosy up in a Kimpton hotel room with one of the seasonal book recommendations, or venture out on a book lovers’ travel itinerary. The books selected each season will reflect how literature responds to cultural moments and the realities of our shifting world.