We stayed in the excellent Casablanca hotel on a previous visit to New York and thoroughly enjoyed it, but as we like to experience different hotels we thought we’d try out one of its sister hotels and therefore chose The Library Hotel for our stay in early July.
We found it to be situated in a good location, one block away from Grand Central Station and the subway. Our Deluxe Queen room wasn’t huge but not many are in New York and it was fine for the 7 nights we were there. It was decorated to a good standard which suited the overall style of the hotel. The air-conditioning in the room was efficient but a little bit noisy and as we are light sleepers we had to turn it off at night.
The reading room served up a good continental breakfast in the mornings, coffee and pastries/biscuits 24 hrs and was a nice place to enjoy the complimentary wine and cheese in the evening before heading out to dinner. We also enjoyed a cocktail or two on the rooftop terrace which opens as a relaxing bar in the evening. We had a meal one night in the attached restaurant Madison and Vine and found the food very good and reasonably priced. The staff were also excellent, always greeting us warmly whenever we returned to the hotel.
Overall we couldn’t fault the hotel. Style wise we preferred the Casablanca but this is just our own personal opinion. If we ever visit New York again, our difficulty would be in either deciding to stay at the Library Hotel again or trying out one of their other hotels in the group which also look equally impressive.
- 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