I really enjoyed my stay at the Library Hotel. The staff was remarkably friendly, warm and professional. No request was too large or too small. The hotel has a fair amount of amenities -- free continental breakfast (not that memorable), wine and cheese (very pleasant), round the clock expresso and cappuccino machine with assorted cookies, free access to a local gym, strong (and free) wireless internet service, free (and unlimited) bottled water, room service from a fine little restaurant on the ground floor, a rooftop lounge and bar (a bit of a scene), a fairly large in room safe, and exceptional concierge service. The overall aesthetic is not particularly consonant with mine, but it has clean lines and everything is immaculately maintained and clean -- a real treat in NYC where some of the luxury hotels could use a thorough remodel and cleaning.
I opted for a prepaid single room which was exactly as represented on the website and a good value. In retrospect, I wish I had opted for a larger room as I am used to high end hotels and this felt a little depressing and claustrophobic other than for sleep. On the other hand, it was smartly furnished, clean and highly functional and there are some very nice public spaces to make use of. The whole Dewey decimal system of organization was a hoot and gives the hotel a unique feel, particularly given the proximity to NYC's famous central library. The location was convenient to the theater district, luxury retail and the Upper East Side. Taxis were plentiful at all but the oddest hours of the day. Opportunities for pizza by the slice and other New York delicacies were plentiful. Many of the hotel guests seem to be twenty and thirty somethings, but that fit the decor and vibe and may have been a result of the New Year's Eve weekend.
On the whole, I think the hotel is worthy of a repeat visit in a city where the hotels tend to be substantially overpriced, often inhospitable and less than immaculately maintained. This hotel gave good value for the money, was friendly and beautifully turned out. An optimal choice for NYC. If you are debating room choice, take a larger option and spend the extra money. You will be glad you did!
- 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