Hotel Giraffe by Library Hotel Collection
What We Love
- Stopping by the evening wine and cheese receptions before heading out on the town
- Parents can rent strollers and cribs from the hotel, which helps cut down on checked luggage
- Complimentary coffee and snacks are available 24 hours
What To Know
- Book a balcony room for an eyeful of Park Avenue style
- Breakfast is included in the room rate
- Madison Square Park is just a block away
- Free WiFi
- There’s no fitness center but guests are given passes to the nearby New York Sports Club
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
If you’re looking for a quiet, family-friendly respite from the buzz of Midtown, this is your spot. Hotel Giraffe goes big with the value-added services, especially when it comes to food: breakfast, all-day snacks, and wine and cheese receptions are all included in the rate, which helps to give this boutique hotel a homey feel. The rooms contribute, too, with a color scheme that takes its cue from the hotel’s name – browns and taupes and creams, complemented by velvet-covered armchairs and wooden fixtures. The rooms are spacious as far as New York hotels go, with commensurately big bathrooms
that have more counter space than many New York apartments and, in some rooms, French doors that open onto Juliet balconies overlooking Park Avenue. The roof garden has a bar and sees lots of weddings, but if there are no events happening, make a point of stopping by for the happy hour in good weather, or just to see the view – there’s plenty of seating, even though it’s a popular spot for locals, too.
In the Area
Surrounding NoMad makes this hotel a convenient base for business travelers, but there’s plenty of hip boutiques and restaurants in the mix. Though it’s a subway ride to most of the major New York sights (and several subway stops are within a five-minute’s walk from the hotel), travelers who have been-there-done-that with Times Square and the Empire State Building will enjoy the Giraffe’s proximity to Chelsea galleries and restaurants, just ten minutes’ walk away. Madison Square Park, whose seven acres of green space is interspersed with art installations, is a block from the hotel, while Mario Batali’s Eataly, a gourmet food hall stuffed with restaurants, cafes, and stalls selling everything from fresh bread to Italian cheeses (perfect ingredients for a picnic in the park), is on the park’s opposite side.
How to Get There
We really enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Giraffe. We came to NYC for a long weekend with our daughter and her husband. We were looking for a special time and this hotel did not disappoint.The staff was pleasant and always very helpful. The room was lovely and spotlessly clean, the small balcony was a nice addition. The Library hotels always seem to be a quiet space in the busy city. The only negative I can think of, is the evening wine and cheese and breakfast served in the lobby. We have stayed at he Elysee, in the Library collection and I felt that the food choices were better and more varied, especially at the evening wine and cheese serving. Also a separate living room type area, similar to the Elysee would be nice.
We stayed here for 3 nights this week and absolutely loved the hotel. First, the room was a good size, including a super comfortable, enormous bed so we slept well. The air con also worked beautifully and quietly - no clunking in the middle of the night as it turned on and off. The bedclothes were the right thickness for the room temperature too which is a rare thing in some hotels. And despite its central location, it was really quiet because the windows hardly let any noise through.
Breakfast was included and really good - bagels, fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries etc), pastries, juices etc. Not the place to come if you want a cooked brekkie but there are plenty of options available nearby. The hotel also keeps a range of drinks and snacks available all throughout the day for free so easy to pop back and have a cup of tea when passing. And at 5pm the complimentary wine and nibbles come out which is a nice touch and save us quite a bit because NYC bars are not cheap! Best of all was the staff - all very friendly and helpful.
It's a small hotel but we felt very welcome and would have no hesitation staying there again when we next come to New York. Thanks to you all.
we had a wonderful experience here, the room was gorgeous, balcony and all, and the staff was incredible, can not recommend it highly enough. they gave us a free bottle of chilled prosecco on checking in for no reason other than to be nice.
Extremely nice and wonderful place to stay. Clean room, lively lobby. Wine and cheese in the evening.
Wonderful breakfast. Wouldn’t stay anywhere else. Great location. Professional staff.
Wonderful rooftop terrace to enjoy.
Mid-town Manhattan has literally hundreds of hotels, and many of them are truly great. They are also truly expensive. Then there are the many that are quite good, especially for the money, but suffer from the common failing of the rooms being so small you have to step into the hall to change your mind. Hotel Giraffe is doing a pretty fine job of trying to thread the difficult needle of offering good-sized, comfortable rooms, a solid complimentary "Continental" buffet breakfast, personalized service, and a terrific location - all for a decent price for the area. A real standout is Jason, one of the regular doormen. I hope the Library Hotel Collection management realizes what a gem this guy is; he has the perfect personality for the job: warm, welcoming, and a genuine eagerness to share useful advice to any guest asking for it. I'm also going to salute the gals who handle the breakfast every day as well as the free three-hour wine & cheese evening "happy hour"; they work hard to make it go as smoothly as possible, and after a couple days they will probably remember your coffee orders! You can't get that kind of personalized treatment at the big, corporate hotels.
With our recent visit we had a standard room with a queen bed - nothing special, really. What we got was a more spacious room than we expected - there was even room for an armchair with ottoman. There were French doors onto a shallow balcony, a wide countertop to spread out small items, a good-sized full bath with a very spacious amount of counter space along with even more space on a shallow glass shelf running the full width of the counter, a large closet with proper wood hangers that aren't locked in, plenty of drawers for unpacking, a large Sony TV, a super-quiet fridge hiding in a cabinet, really quiet A/C with a thermostat that's actually easy to understand (and that's accurate), and quite surprisingly, a motorized blackout curtain for those French doors. Oh, and the showerhead is wonderful, and the controller actually lets you control temperature and volume independently (a real rarity these days).
Did I say the location is terrific? Yes, and here's why: it's right on the 4,5,&6 subway lines, which run the length of the east side of Manhattan (and beyond to both Brooklyn and the Bronx); the hotel is just 2 short blocks to one station and 3 blocks to another in the other direction; from the closest station (at 28th St) it's a short ride to Grand Central Station, where you can connect to the cross-town lines that connect to the Westside lines. Note also that Park Avenue has a zillion cabs cruising it all day and night. One of NYC's top jazz clubs (Jazz Standard) is just around the corner, and Upland and Sarabeth's, two truly fine restaurants, are just a few steps away. Bread & Tulips, the Italian restaurant in the basement, is a somewhat undiscovered gem, and when the weather's good it also runs a rooftop bar (12th floor). The Mexican restaurant right next door does a huge business, and it should, because it's outstanding (and we're from Los Angeles, where every other restaurant offers Mexican or Central American cuisine, so we know a thing or two about this topic). Ethnic joints abound just a block east, and just a few blocks south gets you to the Flatiron District and Greenwich Village, where fine eateries are found in nearly every block. None of NYC's famous museums, landmarks, or major parks are very far by public transport, Madison Park & Times Square are just short walks, even the Theater District is not too far, and Battery Park, where the ferry to the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island departs, is a short subway ride.
About my only quibble with what we found on our recent visit was that the room provided just one USB charging port (as part of a clock radio with an iPod docking station), and that port provided so little current that charging goes slowly. (Are you listening Library Hotel Collection management?) There was also just one duplex outlet in the bathroom, and being positioned at the rather far left of the counter, only made sense for folks who are left-handed. But these are small quibbles. Remember to bring enough chargers for all your devices and you'll be fine.
And give our regards to Jason.