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4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   299 Madison Ave., at 41st St., Entrance on 41st Street, New York City, NY 10017 (Midtown)   |  
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Reading, United Kingdom
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“Hotel perfection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

We have just returned from a stay in NYC to celebrate my wife's 40th birthday, and chose to stay at Library Hotel. There was an immediate attraction to the hotel, firstly from the photos we had seen on the web, then when we spotted the Guilty Pleasures package specifically themed around the book lover (my wife writes) we knew this was the place for us. The offer of the package we chose was a "foot of books" chosen to meet the needs of guest, and my wife's expectations were more than exceeded. I say more than exceeded because the foot of books was more like two feet of books!! As to the hotel itself, it is a small, independent with a more homely, welcoming feel than the big hotel chains offer. Returning to our room of an evening soon became referred to as "going home". All of the hotels rooms are themed around a certain subject, and our room was themed on "Maths" (sorry Americans, Math is wrong) and although compact, had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The bed was firm and comfortable, the lighting was subdued, and the dark woods of the bed, cupboards, desk etc. created a warm, cozy feeling. The bathroom was a very good size and well-equipped with everything you would expect.Our room rate included the continental breakfast and although I always have very low expectations of a continental breakfast I was pleasantly surprised with the food on offer. Plenty of veriety of pastries, breads, bagels, fresh fruit salad and yoghurts, and I was even able to create a half-decent cup of tea!
On one evening we returned to our room after dinner and took advantage of the extensive DVD collection and enjoyed "It's a wonderful life". Not a necessity, but a nice option to have when not tired and still adjusting to the timezone change.
As to the staff at the hotel, all members were courteous and extremely helpful, be it helping with luggage transporation and storage, or arranging a car or a restaurant booking.
The hotel's location was ideal for our stay with close proximity to Grand Central Terminal for subway travel, an easy walk (although along busy streets) to landmarks such as the Empire State Building, NYC Museum, Bryant Park, Times Square, and the many shops located on 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue. We walked extensively during our stay as the hotel was so ideally located for so many things.
We would definitely recommend a stay at the Library Hotel, and it will be top of our list whenever we decide to return to NYC. Try it, I'm sure you'll love it too.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

All of the positive reviews about The Library Hotel are correct. This is a beautiful, clean , modern oasis with a fabulous staff and a wonderful breakfast and wine and cheese included. I can't imagine ever staying anywhere else in Manhattan! Thank you for a wonderful stay....

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Fullerton, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This was my first trip to NY and this hotel far surpassed my expectations. The service was excellent. You can call down 24/7 for anything you may need and the staff is friendly and attentive. I appreciated the free bottles of water and dvd's that were available throughout our stay. The reading room was a great place to relax from a long day of sight-seeing. The rooftop bar is another plus, with both indoor and outdoor areas to sit. This hotel is very close to Grand Central Station, which is tremendously convenient if you plan to use public transportation around the city. Another benefit to its location is the reduction of noise in the general area after 10pm. I was shocked at how relaxed and quiet this area was in the evening. The rooms were comfortable and well-kept. If you are looking for a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere along with some pampering, I recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Ask at check-in to get a room facing the NY Library if you desire a city view. Rooms off of 41st are...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

My wife and I just spent four nights at the Library Hotel. it's in a great location, 2 mins from 5th Avenue in one direction and Grand Central in the other. Bryant Park is close at hand too whether you want good subway links or just to watch the skaters in the park.The hotel is lovely and, themed as it is on a library, it is a real haven in the otherwise bustling New York. But service is their real strong point, from the coffees and cakes available 24/7 in the Reading Room to the complimentary wine and cheese available early each evening for guests - a perfect precursor to an evening out on the town! Special mention for the staff though - they really are exceptional (especially Christian on the door). The only thing to be aware of is that the rooms are a bit tight - but this is New York after all. Definitely worth considering.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Very good location, excellent and friendly service, everything to make you feel comfortable and welcome. Afternoon cheese and wine is a very good option and when you come to the hotel after a very busy day you feel like a being in a haven of peace!
We had a queen deluxe room and although it is very nice and well furbished with a modern bathroom, it seemed a bit small sized according to our standards but certainly not to NYC standards!!
Next time we'll book a suite!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Milford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Wonderful small hotel with great amenities and helpful staff. Very convenient to Grand Central on a relatively quiet street. Ample continental breakfast and evening wine and cheese. Would stay again - enough said. Restaurant connected to it was also a good choice for us before heading back home. We had a late lunch at about 4:00 pm which was very nice and when we walked past the evening before it was very busy, a good sign.

Room Tip: Stayed in Queen room which was fine for us.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reading
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

We stayed at the Library Hotel for 3 nights at the end of November for a Birthday celebration, this was our second stay there. As before everything was perfect, the staff were amazing, very friendly, helpful & genuine.... I am trying to think of new things to say about this hotel other than the fab location, customer service & the fact it is a really lovely hotel! The bed was super comfy, lots of fresh towels, free slippers, bottled water, no international adaptors required & a great shower! The breakfast & wine and cheese evenings are great, a lovely way to start your day and wind down after a hard day shopping, amazing customer service at both. The Bookmarks Lounge is great, good cocktails and service. As everyone mentions the location is perfect, Grand Central Station is a 2 minute walk and whilst you are there you must visit The Campbell Apartment!!! We said last year that we wont stay at any other hotel when we visit New York and another perfect stay hasn't made us change our minds. Thanks to everyone at the Library Hotel, we would love to visit again next year ( thanks for the Birthday wine (0:)

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Address: 299 Madison Ave., at 41st St., Entrance on 41st Street, New York City, NY 10017
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in New York City
#3 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#5 Family Hotel in New York City
#5 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Library Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 60
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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