Having been to New York many times over the years and stayed in hotels such as The Plaza and The Waldorf Astoria, I have found Library Hotel to be the absolute best of all.
Never before have I stayed in a hotel in New York where the staff would routinely greet me by name, with genuine sympathy. And this had not been due to out-of-ordinary tips. On the contrary: on two occasions, different staff members have very (VERY) politely *declined* ten-dollar-tips, something I had never experienced in my numerous trips through the United States. This proved to me they were doing their good work and felt authentically gratified by their job alone! I wish I had insisted on those tips... maybe next time, since there will certainly be a next time!
On one evening, it was raining torrentially, so I took a cab back to the hotel at around 7:30PM. No sooner did my cab pull over than a staff member hurriedly came out the door with an umbrella, opened the cab's dor to me and merrily greeted me - by name.
Rooms are well decorated and tidy. Bathrobe and slippers in the closet. Very good acoustic isolation. Impecable room service. Nice bathrooms. Great complimentary wine & cheese from 5 to 8 PM. Wonderful ambiance everywhere. Refined but not snobby fellow guests, mostly from the U.S. and Western Europe.
I was alone, enjoying a week's vacation. Will certainly return with wife and child. Would doubtessly recommend the Library Hotel to discriminating fellow travelers. Suggest looking for pre-paid, non-cancellable, non-changeable offer at the hotel's website for optimal cost-benefit.
- 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