To set the scene....!!! I am a picky traveller.... stayed at The Library for 4 nights in Jan 09 having done extensive research on Trip Advisor....
Liked the hotel very much. Comfortable room, well appointed bathroom, quality bedlinen and comfortable bed. Helpful reception staff.
Situation pleasant just off Madison Avenue and location very good as you could walk north to Central Park in 25 mins, or (south west?) a few blocks to the Empire State - you can see the top of the ESB from The Library. Hotel is right near the NY Public LIbrary and Bryant Sq, a block from Grand Central. 10 mins brisk walk from Times Sq.
We booked a petite double, but upgraded to a suite on arrival. All petite doubles are apparently opposite the elevator on each floor, so if you are a light sleeper, you may want to take that into account. That said, the rooms appear well soundproofed, just some street noise which you would expect in NYC. The higher the floor, the less the street noise should affect you.
We liked the breakfast and the cheese and wine buffets. All nicely presented and very fresh. There was also an Italian coffee machine or flasks of filtered coffee, pastries and cookies available 24/7 in the 2nd floor reading room,. A couple of times when we woke at 5am (jet lagged), we fetched a mug of coffee or tea to bring to our room; it was a very welcome facility.
Check out is by1pm. Sadly a late check out was not available (we had an evening flight), but we were encouraged to store luggage and make use of the cheese and wine buffet that evening even though technically we had checked out. Doorman hailed us a yellow cab to take us back to JFK, all very easy.
Happy to answer any questions if anyone wants to mail me.
We would most certainly return to stay at The Library again and would highly recommend it to others. If you take the complimentary breakfast and daily cheese and wine reception into account, we think it offers good value for money.
- 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