I stayed at the Library hotel in March 2013 for 5 nights on a business trip to New York. The central location on Madison Avenue (by 41st St). close to Grand Central Station was perfect both for heading uptown or downtown and I was able to walk everywhere during my trip.
Best things about the hotel apart from the location? Firstly, they include a buffet breakfast in their second flour lounge. Not huge, but tasty fruit salad, cereals, toast, breads/bagels, yoghourts and boiled eggs. Just enough to set you up for your day. Secondly, in the evening the lounge is set up with free wine and drinks, cheese, biscuits and some other snacks. The wine (red, white and sparkling Prosecco) was good quality and just what you needed to unwind at the end of a busy day.
Thirdly they have wi-fi which works and was free. Perfect as one of my pet hates is having to pay ridiculous hotel prices for internet and usually charged per device which is a rip-off.
Typically for NYC the rooms are not huge, but all you need is in there with closet space, a desk area, room safe and large bathrooms. The beds are very firm, but again I prefer that. Also as there are only 6 rooms per floor there's not a lot of noise from the corridor with people passing by.
The guests all seemed a nice crowd whilst I was there, very quiet, considerate and polite at the buffet (as opposed to a bun fight in larger hotels). The staff on the front desk and 2nd floor lounge were all lovely too.
All in all highly recommended apart from the ridiculous number of taxes that are added to your bill (room tax, tourist tax, occupancy tax etc. totalling about 18%). Quite ridiculous but true anywhere in the city so not the hotel's fault.
- 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