My wife stayed at the sister hotel in Prague 5 years ago and since then this hotel has been on our wish list. We were not disappointed.
The library theme is brilliantly done and my wife loved the 'Foot of Books' that were selected for her from the Strand bookstore. Our room had a travel theme and there was an eclectic mix of travel-related books in the room to flick through.
The hotel staff are very friendly and the concierge who helped us to choose restaurants was really knowledgeable. She helped us find dinner in the Meatpacking district and brunch on the East Side. She also gave us some recommendations for next time we're in New York. The helpfulness of staff also extended to helping us to flag down a taxi on Madison Avenue during the evening rush hour.
The location was, for us, perfect. It was a block from the NY Public Library and very easy to stroll up 5th Avenue to MoMA or around the corner to Grand Central Terminus for cocktails.
The hotel has a restaurant on the ground floor and a bar on the top floor (with an open terrace) and we tried both. What was an unexpected bonus for us was the free cheese and wine in a private lounge between 5pm and 7pm every day. It seemed to be popular with the other guests, too. (I enjoyed it even though I don't like cheese).
For the rest of the day the lounge has tea, coffee, fruit, etc. The hotel were happy for us to make use of the lounge on our last day in New York, even after we had checked out at 1pm.
All in all the hotel was everything we hoped it would be and I'm very happy to recommend it to my friends.
- 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