Airbnb and BookXcess are giving you the chance to sleep in a bookstore


Whether you’re a bookworm or an avid traveller, you’re in for a treat. Two big brands are holding hands to give you a one-of-a-kind experience. Airbnb will transform a space in BookXcess’ latest outlet at Tamarind Square, Cyberjaya, into an exclusive bedroom for a sleepover. The only problem is, with half a million books at the largest bookstore in the country, you may not be sleeping all that much.

The spanking new BookXcess store at Tamarind Square will be listed on Airbnb from 29-30 September. So, you and your guest will have the chance to basically stay at the bookstore for the weekend. Sounds like a dream holiday.

The “Once Upon a Sleepover” contest aims to encourage the love of reading, as well as the idea that books enable people to travel to a different world.

Of course, it isn’t just all about sleeping amongst the books. The host and the team will be giving an exclusive behind-the-scenes on how to run the bookstore.

You’ll get a chance to work the register, learn how to pick books for the store, and interact with customers.

Also, there will be a “Grab-&-Go” session where winners can take home as many books as they can grab in two minutes.

BookXcess has some house rules though:

  • No chewing on books unless you are a bookworm
  • No loud music that might disturb others, have some “shelf”-awareness
  • Do not attempt to stack the books into a fort. We have a bedroom for you.
  • If you see any dragons, do not disturb them, it’s just your imagination.
  • Do not judge a bookstore by its cover. As there will be no bathing facilities at BookXcess, there will be an Airbnb for the winners to freshen up.

And here’s another treat. One of my favourite radio hosts – self-confessed bookworm – BFM’s Umapagan Ampikaipakan, will be discussing books that inspire travel the most, before bedtime.

Following the overnight stay, winners will have a chance to write about their special hyper local Airbnb Experience they are participating in.

Airbnb has always been about connecting people – hosts to travellers, travellers to travellers, travellers to cities, and so forth. The campaign not only promotes connections, but also aims to empower local communities and businesses, beyond just BookXcess; local artisans that built out the space – Kedai Bikin, real.m, Tish Lifestyle, Hive Remedies and Roots Remedies.

Here’s how you can take part:

You must answer the question of what your favourite book (genre and title) to travel with and why. Enter by 11.59PM (MYT/GMT +8) 20 September 2018. The listing page will include relevant instructions. Winners will be flown in from anywhere in Malaysia.

For eligibility requirements and full contest terms and conditions, visit


By Vernon

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