My husband and I stayed four days at the Library Hotel in late January for our tenth anniversary. We found the hotel charming, cozy and friendly. We would love to stay there again and highly recommend it.
There are so many reviews on this site that I risk repeating others, so I will attempt to answer some questions that I had after carefully reviewing Trip Advisor. First, my husband does not like bed and breakfast inns and is suspicious of boutiques. Given that this was an anniversary trip, I was trying to avoid a huge, impersonal convention-type hotel. We both loved the Library Hotel and it provided the perfect balance. The staff are efficient and friendly but never intrusive. Even the public spaces in the hotel afford plenty of quiet spots to "escape" with a good book and a cup of tea. Our room faced Madison Avenue but it was not too noisy. The hours for breakfast and wine/cheese are wide enough to accomodate any schedule.
Second, we booked a Junior Suite with King bed (Ancient Languages) and felt the room was large enough by Manhattan standards. The layout was efficient with space for two people and their gear.
Third, we made this trip without our son, but I was wondering whether he would enjoy it should we ever have the chance to bring him. While I would say the hotel is geared toward the adult traveler, a child who is a real book lover, library lover and familiar with Lemony Snicket (which describes our son), would probably appreciate it. However, we did not notice any families with children during our stay.
We would highly recommend the Library Hotel -- we took advantage of a mid-winter special rate on their website so be sure to check before assuming it is out of your budget.
Enjoy your travels and your reading!
- 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