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Have you had an idea for a book in your head for years? Well, one of the best ways to get those thoughts down on paper is to book a little getaway where you can focus on writing. And while there are plenty of literary escapes you can take, one Boston hotel is hoping to create the ideal environment to pen a bestseller.

Hotel Commonwealth, a luxury property in the Back Bay section of the city, just launched a suite takeover with New York Times bestselling author Ben Mezrich. The famed author, known for writing books that resulted in film adaptations of Best Picture nominee The Social Network and the invigorating 21, worked with the hotel to create an immersive writer’s space in the appropriately named Reading Suite.

What does that entail exactly? During your overnight in Reading Suite, you’ll get welcome gifts of Ben’s favorites writing snacks—like Jack & Coke, Oreos, and Fritos—a signed copy of Bitcoin Billionaires, Hotel Commonwealth reading glasses, and limited edition 21 playing cards. Of course, there’s everything you need to get writing done as well like a classic typewriter with reams of paper and sharpened No. 2 pencils, a $100 in-room dining credit for 24-hour service (stay nourished while you write), and an in-room coffee maker available for an anytime cup of Joe.

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“When I first walked into the Ben Mezrich Reading Suite, I wanted to stay and start writing my next book,” Mezrich told Departures. “Hotel Commonwealth got everything right—down to the tiniest details. A backgammon board, which I use as part of my ritual for getting into the writing mode; simple pleasures like my favorite snacks and libations; the movies based on my books running on the flat screen tv; and my favorite detail, an antique typewriter.”

If you’re ready for an ink-inspiring overnight, book a stay from now until November 30, 2019. The package is available starting from $699, and Hotel Commonwealth will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Boston Book Festival.


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