From the greeting at the entrance to checkout three days later, it was a perfect visit. I had stayed at Hotel Giraffe, sister property to Library Hotel, several times, and my expectations were high. I was not disappointed.
I stayed in one of the Petit Rooms. It was very comfortable and thoughtfully designed to fit the expected amenities conveniently. I had requested a refrigerator, and it was running merrily when I entered the room. My room attendant was charming and efficient with a special request.
Having spent 37 years in the hospitality and casino industries, I think of myself as both observant and just a little picky. They have THE nicest staff I have ever encountered. And quite efficient as well. You can teach efficiency to people, but exerting charm while doing it is usually a trait someone either has or hasn't got. The charm fairy has clearly visited Library Hotel.
The included breakfast buffet is a great start to the day. I didn't get to the evening wine and cheese, but I will on my next visit.
I think one of the best characteristics of the hotel is its small size. The staff and guests quickly recognize one another.
And then there are the books. In the reading room where refreshments are served, in some hallways, in every guest room, the assortment depending on your floor. I had photography.
I'll be back in a few months, and I can't wait.
- 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