Collections - January 30, 2021

Brilliant Writers Dreamt Here

By Stacy Suaya

Wake up in the setting of a great book.... Explore these BoutiqueHomes in destinations that inspired literary classics.

The Booker Prize-winning author Arundhati Roy set her famous book, The God of Small Things, in southern India. The Land of Dreams has put many pens to the page, including Mark Twain's. Planning to visit? Consider a stay at Assagao Bay in Goa, designed by Pio Coffrant, and filled with creative spark-inducing books, art and objects.

The Cubist poet and Tender Buttons author Gertrude Stein used to roam the art museums in Florence, an ideal destination for any artist, writer or journeyer. We think she would have fancied a stay at Numero Venti Rm. 4 in this romantic Italian city, a modern interpretation of a 16th-century palazzo from the visionary mind of Andrew Trotter.

Inspired by her love of Cornwall, the Rebecca author Daphne du Maurier wrote this of her home there: "I walked this land with a dreamer’s freedom and a waking man’s perception—places, houses, whispered to me their secrets and shared with me their sorrows and their joys." Find your own creative incubator in Beach Court Studio, a spirited hideaway near the shores of St. Ives.

The Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bell Tolls were written at Ernest Hemingway's farm and residence for twenty years, just outside Havana. Two of his most frequented bars still pour his favorite mojitos and daiquiris. The author's legacy is alive and well in this colorful city, also home to Plaza Vieja 1912, a beautifully restored townhouse on the famous Plaza Vieja.

The Sound and the Fury author William Faulkner composed many early works in the Big Easy, inspired by his days and nights eating and drinking in New Orleans. If you're ever in this colorful city, consider a stay at Bordeaux House. Located in the storied French Quarter, it's a time-travel to 1820 and steps away from all the bars and jazz your creative soul could hope for.

Verona is home to all of the legendary sites from Romeo and Juliet, and William Shakespeare would have appreciated the romantic details at the Romeo Apartment. Inspired by the famous tragedy but with a 21st-century spin, it's quite the literary lodging in the city of love.

Traveling all over the country to research works such as The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene was deeply inspired by Mexico and its people, culture and history. If you wish to follow his literary trail, Chapultepec Apartment in Mexico City, designed by Christian Sarubi, is a sleek and stylish urban retreat.

In the city where the 1Q84 author Haruki Murakami first had the thought of writing a novel are many of the settings that would later contain his characters. Japan has treasures for many trips, and one of them is a stay at Mita Penthouse in Tokyo, a tasteful haven apart from the city's skyscrapers. 

The central coast of California is John Steinbeck country, and the East of Eden author's childhood explorations of its rugged landscape have infused many of his novels. Get a taste of the region at The Oceanview in Santa Cruz, the ocean in the distance and the mountains where Steinbeck once lived a short drive away.

Most associated with Tangier where he lived for 52 years, the writer of The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles found inspiration all over the country. We imagine he would have loved the fishing village of Asilah, where the Traditional Riad can be found in all of its open-plan, tiled and arched glory.

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