Old-world exotic elegance. Photo courtesy of Raffles Hotel.
Hemingway knew how to get out of town. Wilde knew how to take up residence. And Capote knew how to throw a damn fine hotel party. Follow in the footsteps of famous authors, rest your legs, and kickstart your imagination. Take a look at their favorite hotel haunts.
The wild and wacky New York hotel hosted William Boroughs while he wrote The Third Mind; Jack Kerouac and Gore Vidal for a night to remember; and Arther C. Miller, who wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey during a stay and repaid the hotel for their hospitality by shooting lasers from the roof.
A favorite of Southern authors passing through New Orleans. William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, and Ernest Hemingway enjoyed the French Quarter ambiance. Truman Copote enjoyed the drinks at the hotel's Carousel Bar (which actually rotates).
The glamorous institution inspired scenes from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, hosted writer Truman Capote's star-studded, rambunctious Black and White Ball, and was home to Kay Thompson's children's book character, Eloise.
Ian Flemming expatriated to Jamaica after a military mission in the Caribbean. Built a villa on an idyllic patch in the banana port town of Orcabessa. Called it GoldenEye after a secret WWII mission. And penned the entire James Bond series while here.
Nobel prize-winning author Sinclair Lewis promised the 1795-era estate in Barnard, Vernmont, to journalist Dorothy Thompson upon their engagement. Now it's an all-inclusive retreat with seasonal dining, ten cottages, and an impressive art collection.
Charles Dickens first performed A Christmas Carol at the Boston hotel during a two-year stint. The audience was the Saturday Club, a monthly meeting of such literati as Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry Longfellow.
The LA mainstay has seen it all: Nathanael West penned The Day of the Locuston premises. Jay McInerney wrote the first draft of Bright Lights, Big Cityin one of the bungalows. F. Scott Fitzgerald had his first heart attack while buying a pack of cigarettes at Schwab's Drug Store across the street.