Stayed for two nights during our Honeymoon and it was an excellent choice. The hotel location is really good-only 5 minutes walk from Grand Central Station for example. The staff were really friendly and helpful throughout. Although we arrived early at about 10am our room was ready for us to check-in and later on we came back to find a bottle of chilled prosecco and a card left for us.
The literary themed floors and rooms really make the place and they really follow through on the attention to detail-the room numbers use the dewey decimal system according to the topic of the theme. Given the occasion, we stayed in the Love themed room on the 11th floor. The standout feature of this room is the little outside private terrace with fantastic views up and down Madison which we used a lot-it seats two comfortably but we managed four for drinks one evening. The terrace is overlooked by the many surrounding offices which is worth remembering! The room itself offered all the amenities you'd expect including a big comfortable bed, good wifi and of course lots of love theme books which we enjoyed. The only slight disappointment was the bathroom which was fine but really only an average good hotel type bathroom and therefore not quite up to the premium pricing of the room. The Love room is definitely worth considering if your stay is for an especially romantic occasion but otherwise there are many other interesting room themes with lower rates.
The included breakfast in the Reading Room on the 2nd floor was very good for an informal drop in breakfast-a slight annoyance both mornings was caused by people having business breakfast meetings and talking business too loudly-this kind of jars with the nature of the hotel. There is also very nice cheese and wine here in the evenings as well.
We had drinks with friends one night at Bookmark, the hotel bar and terrace on the 14th floor. Although this does not offer panoramic views it is a very cosy and pleasant space.
Overall, we loved this hotel-highly recommended!
- 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