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“For those who like small hotels, great location” 5 of 5 stars
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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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Montreal
1 review
“For those who like small hotels, great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2009

I stayed 4 nights with my 13 y.o. son in a junior suite. I would stay again at this hotel, definitely since i prefer small hotels and this one was very charming. Our theme in the room was fashion design which my son did not care for at all (i had requested "mystery"...) perhaps they should consider one room with a sports theme...At least access to espn on tv! Chose the hotel from previous newspaper article about it featuring the "library theme" and from tripadvisor reviews and for its midtown location. Booked with broadway package to facilitate getting the broadway tx i wanted (hair and billy elliot plus yankee's tx). Although service from Continental package was efficient and friendly i have the impression i might have overpayed for convenience and third party tx reservations. I would recommend booking with the hotel and getting tx for the yankees with stubhub for better prices.
The location is perfect, one block from subway (green line), central station (excellent coffee counter- Joe the art of coffee- entrance on lexington, gray passage), one block from ny library (check out the stuffed animals at the origins of Winnie the Poo), Bryant Park in the back for a great place for a lunch (in the summer, outdoor movies on monday night), walking distance to the theaters, central park, am museum of natural history and museum mile on the east side, to NBA store and Nintendo world- Rockefeller center, to the Morgan library and the empire state bldg, and also walked easily to greenwich to watch some street basketball (6th ave and w4th st) followed by a stroll in the washington sq park, picture of the washington mews as well (hot chocolate afterwards at Max Brenner near union square).
I found the room to be very clean and of adequate proportion (not too small), we hardly spent time in it anyway, Even on the 7th floor, it is noisy but we are centrally located in a city that never sleeps! (Madison st and 41st). Did not use my earplugs and slept very well. The hotel itself is quiet, hallways empty - less than ten rooms per floor.
We appreciated the breakfast in am, good choice, service discrete and prompt. Only waited a few minutes one morning for an available table and another day shared a table briefly with another guest which is perfectly fine for me and even nice, in a city where people keep more to themselves in general.
Only visited briefly the 14th floor terrace but i would imagine it is a charming place to relax after a day of walking. Did not use the available access to fitness center nearby (ran in central park instead) nor access to dvds but nice to know it is available.
Kind staff at the desk as well as the bellboy and the hotel felt safe. Less than 30 minutes from LGA (afternoon).
In summary wonderful stay at the library hotel.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2009

Having just returned home from a week long stay in NYC at The Library Hotel we must add our kudos to the long list of very satisfied travellers who have stayed there as well.
After considerable time spent surfing the net in an attempt to secure the BEST possible accomodation experience on our first trip to NYC we were extremely happy with our choice and our stay. We loved our room, it was well appointed, comfortable and had a great view onto Madison Ave. The breakfast and the wine and cheese were more than adequate and well appreciated. The staff were very friendly and accomodating and always willing to chat about the city and give us great information or make arrangements for us. We easily walked everywhere; to Broadway, seeing the sites, shopping, etc. The location is great and so is the experience of staying in such a charming and welcoming hotel. Do not miss going to the rooftop bar or eating in the restaurant off the lobby called, Madison and Vine. We loved our whole experience at the Library Hotel and would highly recommend it. Enjoy NYC...it is a wonderful experience!
One sugggestion though...NYC really is the city that never sleeps, if you are a light sleeper take ear plugs with you. You'll fall asleep easily though with all the walking that you'll do (take comfortable shoes!).

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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upstate new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2009

My husband and I just returned from two night stay. I can't say enough nice things about this little gem of a hotel. From the second we got out of the taxi the service was impeccable. Our bags were taken from the taxi with a smile and a welcoming hello, and we received a warm greeting from the desk staff along with recommendations for lunch. Room itself was IMMACULATE and although small, very well appointed and convenient. It is obvious every detail was well thought out and the decor itself was refined and luxurious, in a warm yet contemporary style. Everything seemed brand new. We are used to the enormous rooms in Vegas but didn't feel a bit put out or cramped here. The wine and cheese event was delicious, every offering top notch quality as was the breakfast. Downstairs open air restaurant and rooftop just added more magic to a great trip. Service everywhere was friendly and fun. Easy walk to 5th avenue shopping. HIGHLY recommended.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2009

Understated class and elegance; this hotel felt like a home from home as soon as our weary feet crossed the threshold. With complimentary breakfast and cheese/wine every day, this hotel becomes a great value retreat in the madness of NYC. Rooms are well appointed and moodily-lit. Front-of-house staff are eager to help or advise on the best places to eat or drink. The bar on the 14th floor is absolutely brilliant too; packed most nights with New York's beautiful people stopping by for a drink after work or a romantic soiree later on.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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VA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2009

I picked the "hotel" because it was our first trip to the city and I wanted to stay somewhere that we would really feel comfortable. Not offense to Comfort Inn or the Hilton but I wanted something..... more. We certainly got what we asked for! I wasn't so thrilled with the size of our room, it seemed a little bigger when looking at the pictures but this is how it is in the city! The staff is wonderful! They were very helpful and attentive. For example I just had to go to the Empire State building and that was all I talked about for weeks leading up to the trip but the staff informed me that I would have a much better view, a more pleasnt trip, and better pictures form "The Top of the Rock" at Rockafeller center. ( Boy were they ever right!) Our return flight was not until much later after check out and they held our luggage for us all day. Our flight also arrived hours before check-in time and they offered to hold our luggage, but the manager got us into our room early wich was wonderful to refresh ourselves before taking off. The breakfast was very nice and fresh and they serve until 10:30 on weekdays and 11:00 on weekends which is really nice when you want to sleep in a little. I could go on and on about how wonderful it really is. The only complaint that I have is I wish it were a little closer to Times square. It isn't too far but when you are a first time visitor to such a HUGE city and you walk everywhere almost, 5 or 6 blocks seem like FOREVER!
P.S. Whenever our room was cleaned they would also leave a card on the nightstand letting us know what the weather was going to be like the next day! I loved that!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Woodbridge, VA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2009

My husband and I stayed at the Library Hotel for 2 nights over Mother's Day weekend, to celebrate our 11th anniversary. We chose this hotel because of the high Tripadvisor rating and we can see why it's rated so highly! A great stay from start to finish. We had not selected a particular room when booking, so we were curious to see which one we would be assigned upon check-in. We should have guessed - as soon as they found out it was our 11th anniversary, they put us in the Erotic Literature room on the 8th floor! Before you get any ideas, just know that it's a very comfortable, elegant, tastefully decorated room. The bathroom had everything we needed and everything was very clean. The bed was extremely comfortable and had very nice linens. We felt right at home. Continental breakfast is included in the room price and it is excellent - a selection of fresh juices, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, pastries, bagels, cereals, oatmeal, and so on. Serene and beautiful surroundings, perfect location just steps from Grand Central, great service, attention to detail - this hotel is worth every penny and we will definitely be back! This was such a nice change from staying in the huge hotels in Times Square. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Leeds
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2009

We stayed at the library hotel on a recent trip to New York. We spent five nights there and all I can say was it was PERFECT. We have very high standards and felt that this hotel was OUTSTANDING in every area.

The hotel staff clearly have the highest standards - I have never stayed in a hotel that takes so much pride in it's service.

As soon as we arrived we were made to feel extremely welcome. As my wife had pointed out it was my birthday during our stay, there was a bottle of bubbly and a birthday card waiting in our room.

First impressions of the room were that it was clean, very well furnished, quite petite, but entirely adequate for the two of us.

This hotel has a lovely rooftop terrace and the staff make it clear that you are more then welcome to take food up there, your own drinks, breakfast or buy drinks from the bar up there.

I cannot begin to describe how good the service was. We were given maps of New York, advice on where to go, and even given a number to call if we encountered any problems during our sightseeing.

Breakfast was wonderful with a fantastic continental spread put on each day. Nothing in the selection was allowed to run empty or go stale as they were quickly replaced by the friendly staff.

There was a library theme running through the hotel with different slections of books on each floor. You are encouraged to read the books at your leisure and also borrow DVDs from their lare range to watch on the DVD player in your room.

The location of the hotel is perfect for sightseeing in Manhattan as it is near all the main attractions.

We are already planning a return trip to New York and will undoubtedly return to this hotel.

Do not hesitate to book - there are only around 40 rooms so book now and don't be disappointed!!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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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
#3 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#5 Family Hotel in New York City
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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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