The Library Hotel is a little oasis of calm in midtown Manhatten. We stayed for 4 nights and loved every one of them. Our double room was spacious (for New York) and was very clean and comfortable. Some noise was noticable on our floor (third) but not so much as to keep us awake. The location is also good, centrally located and close to Grand Central station for access to the subway. Each floor and room is themed based in the Dewey decimal system and all the books within are on that topic. We were in room 302 - Political Science. Fortunately, you can also borrow books from the second floor reading room so you won't be short of anything to read no matter what room you're in.
Breakfast was included in the price and was a tasty continental affair with fresh juices, cereals, fruit salad, toast on request and a selection of excellent pastries. It's unusual to fiund anything other than room only in the US so this was a welcome bonus. For the remainder of the day, the reading room (where breakfast was served) has tea, coffee, iced water and pastries available to the guest whenever they want - which was a welcome touch after a hard day. From 5pm every evening, a cheese and wine reception is held for the guests in the same room and it was nice to be able to have a glass or two of wine (red, white and sparking were on offer) before heading out for dinner. There's also a bar with a roof terrace on the 14th floor but this was quite crowded so we didn't stay for a drink.
All of the staff were friendly and efficient and made us feel very welcome - although the rooms and facilities are excellent, it's the staff who really make this hotel stand out. We will be returning when next we're in New York.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Library Hotel boasts over 6000 hand-selected books organized by the Dewey Decimal System. With a very central midtown Manhattan location, the hotel is within walking distance of The New York Public Library, Grand Central Terminal, The Empire State Building and Times Square, to name just a few. Take advantage of The Library Hotel Collection’s signature Continental Breakfast Buffet and evening wine and cheese reception in our Reading Room. Cappuccino, water, fruit, cookies and pastries are available in this space for our guests 24 hours a day. Also included with your reservation is complimentary WiFi and passes to the nearby New York Sports Club. Visit our indoor and outdoor rooftop, Bookmark’s Lounge, for literary themed cocktails and small plates. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Library Hotel New York City
- The Library Hotel