We've been to Manhattan many times, and for the past several years have stayed at a different hotel that we had lately become less than enchanted with. So, the library hotel was new to us. From the moment we entered the hotel, we felt charmed by the stimulating ambiance: card catalogues behind the reception desk flanked by books shelved in the main lobby. Although it was a sub-freezing day (12 degrees), we were warmly welcomed and made to feel at home. Our entire four day stay was delightful; we liked our smallish but immaculate, well organized, and appointed 7th floor room, themed "paintings", as well as the continental breakfasts that included boiled eggs, fresh fruit salad, yogurt, pastries, toast, coffee and expresso.
The front desk was readily at our service whenever we needed a taxi, and we especially appreciated the advice we received on where to catch the subway and which subway to take to the Soho and Union Station/ Financial district shopping we wanted to do.
Being the bibliophiles that we are, the hotel felt like home to us. More importantly, the hotel is so incredibly convenient to the theatre district, MOMA, the subway, and other major venues we wanted to see that we were thrilled about this new find.
On our last day in the city, we appreciated the 1 PM check out time and the ability to have our luggage stored all afternoon as we had a late departure time. We took advantage of having access to the Reading Room and enjoyed tea and some reading time before having to head home.
The only negative was the bedding. We both woke up with kinks in our necks from the less than comfy pillow choices. no matter- not a deal breaker and we'll be back.
- 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