Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 48
Analog amenities at these hotels tempt you to put the iPhone down - at least for a little bit.
Bibliophiles at Portland, Oregon's
331-room Nines hotel will ﬁnd
local hiking guides, large-format
art tomes, and classic novels in
the 1,000-title library curated
by employees at nearby Powell's
Books, the world's largest indie
bookshop. Doubles from $249,
including breakfast daily and a
$100 dining credit.
When inspiration strikes at
Japan's nature-focused Hoshinoya Kyoto, guests in the hotel's
25 riverside rooms can reach for
a fubako, an intricate letter box
that's full of writing brushes,
ink, and Japanese paper. Doubles
from $762, including room-service
breakfast daily and a private monko
(incense burning) ceremony.
As a tribute to literary patrons
past, including Mark Twain,
Charles Dickens, and Oscar Wilde,
the 380-room Langham, London
keeps a manual typewriter in its
Club Lounge - in a nook unoﬃcially known as the "writer's corner." Doubles from $620, including
a welcome cocktail, breakfast daily,
and a $100 dining credit.
Guests staying in one of the 14
specialty suites at the 76-room
Chatwal, New York City in the
Theater District have access to a
red Crosley Radio turntable and a
vinyl LP collection of Broadway
soundtracks, from Dear Evan
Hansen to South Paciﬁc. Specialty
suites from $1,345, including breakfast daily and a $100 spa credit.
At Alaska's Winterlake Lodge, chef/coowner Kirsten Dixon and her daughter Mandy
showcase the state's fresh, local bounty. Now, as
new members of the James Beard Foundation's
Smart Catch program, the two have pledged to
use only sustainable seafood on their menus,
a practice that helps promote stable ﬁshing
stocks and properly preserve marine life
worldwide. Thanks to ocean-friendly table
practices at the six-cabin lodge on the
Iditarod Trail, salmon rillettes, spot shrimp
pizza, and crab croquettes ensure doing
good tastes great. Two-day packages from
$4,370 per person, including air transfers
from Anchorage, all meals and activities, a
helicopter excursion, and a $100 hotel credit.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
Guests arrive at Winterlake Lodge
via floatplane from Anchorage.
Inset: Fresh Alaskan king crab.