With so many new hotels in the market, being drop-dead gorgeous or seriously savvy is not always enough to woo the right guests. Which is why we love hotels that go beyond the standard offering of room, bar, restaurant, pool and spa. Plenty of properties around the world have cultural events and amenities, such as libraries, screening rooms, art galleries and salons. But it’s the hotels that combine beauty and brains in the form of a literary programme that really get our inner nerd excited.

Here are three hotels where you can rest your head while you feeding your mind with a writing workshop, conference or poetry reading.


Yes, it’s been on all the right lists for many years and continues to be a fashion-insider’s favorite. But it’s also the home of the long-running Sirenland Writers Conference, which takes place each spring before Le Sirenuse officially opens for the season. Writers must apply for the chance to attend the week-long conference, but if you get in, you’ll get one of the most impressive literary educations you can imagine wrapped up in Amalfi coast magic. This year’s conference is already booked, with teachers including Dani Shapiro (co-founder of the conference), Jim Shepard and Richard Russo. But start polishing your manuscripts now and get ready to apply for the 2018 conference when applications open in the fall. If you’re at Le Sirenuse in the meantime, enjoy a copy of John Steinbeck’s ode to Positano on your balcony overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, and if you see the hotel’s owner Antonio Sersale, strike up a conversation about literature and watch his face light up.


Immerse yourself in the nuts and bolts of Hollywood, not in L.A., but on the lush Emerald Coast of Nicaragua. Eco-friendly treehouse Aqua Resort is the venue for a six-day yoga and screenwriting retreat called “Change Your Story, Change Your Life,” from May 22–28. The workshops are led by former studio exec Jen Grisanti, and each day also include free time to work on your own screenplay for the next big must-watch TV pilot or feature. Yoga instructor Pat Bailey will also be on hand to lead optional yoga and mediation sessions, to help open your mind and get the creative juices flowing. Consider Aqua’s plunge pools, private beach cove, spa and organic meals your treat for a hard day’s work on your script.


Since opening in 2009, The Betsy has fostered an authentic commitment to the arts, philanthropy and its Miami community. Now, with the addition of an Art Deco wing situated right behind the existing “colonial” building on Ocean Drive, the Betsy plans to attract even more writers, artists, performers and activists. The new wing includes chic new rooms, event spaces and a library, and a stunning new pool connects the two buildings at rooftop-level. The hotel hosts readings, workshops and performances on a weekly basis and even has a dedicated Writers’ Room, which has hosted more than 500 working writers and other artists since its inception in 2012. These writers enjoy a peaceful haven in the heart of South Beach, working at the desk of the owners’ father, poet Hyam Plutzik, and sharing their work with the local community. Feeling inspired? You can apply for a residency at The Writers’ Room here.


Rebecca Wallwork
Rebecca Wallwork is a writer based in Miami Beach, although you’ll also find her checking out the newest hotels in New York City. She is a former contributing editor to HotelChatter, and loves dogs and books as much as she does hotels.