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3 Destinations That Inspired Literary Masterminds

by Aoife O’Riordan

Nov 23, 2022

© Pavillon Faubourg Saint Germain


Looking for your next place to instill inspiration? These neighborhoods and hotels saw literary greats walk their corridors, from James Joyce to Oscar Wilde. Consider staying at these elegant properties and walking these destinations to experience the same influential nature these places had on some of the greatest writers in history.


© Pavillon Faubourg Saint Germain


Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, France

Irish writer James Joyce, considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, frequented the area surrounding this hotel. Joyce spent his days writing the final parts of Ulysses, regarded as one of the most groundbreaking works in history, in this neighborhood. Walk in the footsteps of Joyce and explore the neighborhood. This area features iconic Parisian eateries boasting customers like Ernest Hemingway and Simone de Beauvoir. At the newly opened Pavillon Faubourg Saint-Germain, located in the neighborhood, head to the library and brose the walls lined with copies of Gallimard foreign literature. Or sip on signature cocktails at the James Joyce Bar before enjoying the comforts of a uniquely appointed bedroom overlooking the streets below.


© CAYO Exclusive Resort & Spa


Spinalonga and Plaka, Crete

The village of Plaka lies on the northeast coast of Crete and served as inspiration in Victoria Hislop’s bestselling novel, The Island. Following a young woman who arrives to a fishing village to discover her family’s history, the story sees the woman trace her links to a leper colony on the nearby island of Spinalonga, visible from Plaka. Experience the narrative of this novel with a stay at CAYO Exclusive Resort & Spa, which features a private plunge pool with views of Spinalonga. The resort also boasts views over Plaka Beach, and guests can even take a boat across the water to discover the history of Spinalonga.

The Cadogan

© The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel


Chelsea, London, England

Book the largest suite, marked bedroom 118, at The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel to stay in the same place poet and playwright Oscar Wilde was arrested after his affair with the son of the Marquess of Queensbury. Wilde, a regular guest of the historic hotel, enjoyed the luxuries of the property. His later arrest inspired the 1930s poem “The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at The Cadogan Hotel” by John Betjeman. Staying at the Royal Suite today allows guests to enjoy an in-room library with cozy reading corners, views over Cadogan Place Gardens and a grand fireplace.


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