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Library Hotel by Library Hotel Collection
Ranked #6 of 467 Hotels in New York City
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“Very good hotel”
Reviewed December 14, 2005

Have just spent three nights in the Library hotel. Very impressed. Was our first visit to New York, so cannot compare it with other NYC hotels, but we would normally stay in a larger chain place, and loved the more intimate boutique feel that the Library has. Very clean. Small rooms, but not a problem. Comfy bed. Good all inclusive breakfast. Complimentary afternoon snacks, cheese and wine was a nice touch. Located very well. Walking distance of almost everything we did. Would stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2005
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Reviewed December 10, 2005

We just returned from a 4 night stay at the Library Hotel. We were in room 400.002 and it was perfect. Yes the rooms are on the small side, but my husband and I had no problem storing our luggage, clothes, etc. The bed was very comfortable, loved the down pillows and comforter cover, the bathroom was clean and well kept. The neutral colors in the room and the contemporary lines made for a beautiful and well laid out room. What truly makes the hotel is the 2nd floor lounge. From the breakfast to the late night snacks, it was a great place to unwind or prepare for the day. The staff were very helpful with dinner recommendations and directions. The hotel location was a 15 minute walk to the Theatre district or 5-7 minutes to Grand Central Terminal. We have stayed in quite a few hotels in NYC and this is by far our most favorite among the boutique type hotels. If you want impersonal, larger rooms and lots of people, then try one of the chain hotels near Time Square. Otherwise, give the Library a try...I doubt you will be disappointed.

  • Stayed December 2005
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Reviewed November 28, 2005

A charming hotel. Lots of extras you don't expect in NYC - eg free breakfast, cheese and wine every early evening, coffee and biscuits. Rooms small but very comfortable and clean. Great location - quiet but close to everything in Midtown. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2005
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Reviewed November 25, 2005

This is a particularly agreeable hotel with friendly staff, nice furnishings, and excellent value for money given the included breakfast, wine/cheese evenings, and coffee and tea on-tap, so to speak. Our petite double room was, as expected, space-challenged, but clever use of the available space minimized the bother, and for a 2-night stay it was not a problem. For longer stays, I would invest in a larger room.
Particularly appreciated was the ability to set up my laptop and connect to the internet for free without having to re-arrange the furniture, unplug lamps, and so on (which is so often the case at more expensive hotels).
The lounge on the 2nd floor is a lovely space to relax, and the bar on the top floor is also worth a visit (or two).

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Reviewed November 17, 2005

Stayed in room 1206 (ancient religion room) from 12 to 16 November. Room had a king size bed and was a good size. Staff were always helpful. I was impressed that when you went to breakfast they did not ask for your room number and that food and drink was available free all day and night. It felt like we were at home. Would stay there again. LCD television, real hairdryer and spare plug sockets made it feel that care had been taken.

  • Stayed November 2005
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Reviewed October 18, 2005

I wish I had something negative to say about this hotel, but draw a blank. After 2 months of reading online traveler reviews and a few travel books, we decided to stay at the Library Hotel. After an overnight flight, and arriving half dead to The Library, we were warmly welcomed and were promptly checked in. Although a room was not ready for us at 7am, they stored our bags for us and offered us the use of the 2nd floor lounge to rest and get a bite to eat from the complimentary breakfast. Tired and a little jet lagged, we headed upstairs and were pleasantly suprised to find all kinds of pastries (chocolate filled croissants my personal fave!), fresh fruit, juice, cereal, etc. We rested for a bit and filled our tummies and then it was off for the day. When we returned about 2pm, we grabbed our key from the front desk and headed to room 800.004. The room was very nice and clean, updated too. Traveling with my sister, we didn't find the petite room or the full size bed too small. We enjoyed the duvet on the bed, a desk for catching up on correspondence from the day, and the bottled water (at no charge! go figure) Unfortunately, we hit the first couple of days of non stop rain, and were always asked by the bellman if we would like to borrow one of the hotels umbrellas for the day. On our last day, the hotel was happy to store our bags until our flight later that evening, and also checked us out over the phone while we were trying to get in some last minute shopping and sightseeing. Overall, we found the staff and accommodations way above and beyond our expectations. We are definately fans of this hotel, and will stay here on all of our trips to the Big Apple! Thanks Library, you're no. 1!

  • Stayed October 2005
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Reviewed October 4, 2005

We wanted a boutique hotel and chose the Library Hotel because of its great location and cute theme. The one complaint we noticed here was the size of the standard room so we booked a junior suite. The size was very ample with a king bed, table, couch, arm chair and blanket box at the end of the bed. The bathroom was not large but had plenty of shelf space and was very well lighted and clean.

The hotel has lots of extras including an extensive continental breakfast and wine and cheese in the afternoons.

Staff was very friendly, helpful and quickly got to know us, which is one of the advantages of a boutique.

  • Stayed September 2004
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Property: Library Hotel by Library Hotel Collection
Address: 299 Madison Avenue, New York City, NY 10017-6298
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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 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#5 Family Hotel in New York City
#5 Luxury Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Library Hotel by Library Hotel Collection 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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