The Library Hotel by Library Hotel Collection
What We Love
- Lots of extras, such as day passes to New York Sports Club and a wine and cheese reception every evening
- Plenty of space to relax outside your room, including a Reading Room and Writer’s Den
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What To Know
- The hotel underwent renovations in early 2012, including new carpeting, wallpaper and bedding
- Checkout is at 1 p.m. — later than at most hotels
- Some rooms face nearby office buildings, so make sure to close the blinds for privacy
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Being in the Library Hotel is like stepping away from a crowded dinner party and into a well-kept study. The atmosphere is quiet and contemplative — just the thing after a day in Manhattan’s fast lane. True to its name, the Library has rooms and common areas filled with more than 6,000 books — ranging from art history to oceanography. The theme feels more stylish than kitschy (think clean-lined modern bookcases and a card catalog wall behind the check-in desk).
Bed and Bath
Far from fusty, the Library exhibits a playful spirit in the 60 guestrooms, which are organized according to the Dewey Decimal System. Options include such rooms as Biography, a junior suite with a view of the New York Public Library and a wall-length marbletop cabinet full of — what else? — biographies (of Robert E. Lee and Janis Joplin, to name two). Though standard rooms are small, they feel cozy thanks to dark wood and upholstered leather headboards, soft lighting and fresh flowers. Makeup mirrors, plush robes and Gilchrist & Soames amenities add an indulgent feel to the bathrooms.
The hotel has a rooftop bar and garden area, which fills up after 5 p.m. with a locals crowd. You can’t go wrong with a kicky Tequila Mockingbird or a more mild Tempest, made with dark rum, passion fruit and ginger beer. There’s also a free wine and cheese reception each evening in the second-floor Reading Room, where guests sip Cabernet and watch the bustle of Madison Avenue. For dinner, head downstairs to Madison & Vine, the hotel’s American bistro and international wine bar.
How to Get There
We had heard great things about the Library Hotel on 41st and Madison in NYC. My husband surprised me with a much-needed NYC getaway and chose this hotel. We stayed only one night but we will definitely return!
We were welcomed to this spotless and sparkly hotel by warm, gracious, and professional staff. The front desk staff, the bellman, the reading room attendant obviously took great pride in their hotel and were genuinely invested in providing us with a memorable experience. The elevator brought us to our room in the 900s, (perfect for history buffs!) The hallway was quiet and peaceful with low, serene booklamps leading the way to our room. The room was spacious, clean, fresh-smelling, and elegant. Thick, thirsty towels, cozy, comforting bedding, the most luxurious bathrobes I've every experienced, and beautiful architectural touches made for an uplifting and memorable stay. Hundreds of great book titles provided us with a lovely wind-down to a great day in the city.
We enjoyed the wine and cheese reception in the afternoon, the rooftop bar and lounge in the evening, and the lovely breakfast spread in the morning. We hated to check out!! I would love to live in the Library Hotel like Eloise in the Plaza, but alas, it is not to be. We shall most definitely return to the cleanest, friendliest, most comfortable and unique hotels I have experienced in NYC!! Thank you, to all who worked in front of and behind the scenes to make our stay so special AND to the organization that clearly states that KINDNESS and GRACIOUSNESS are part of their company values. A mission statement we appreciate, embrace, and need.
Fantastic location and staff. Rooms very small. But didn't impact the enjoyment of our short stay in NYC.
They have a complimentary continental breakfast and evening drinks in the same room.
You can go up there anytime for coffee which is great when you come back from a long day out.
Stayed at this hotel in adjoining room arrangement with family for 4 days, one king room and a suite. Everyone was very comfortable and loved the hotel. Billy was especially helpful booking us dinner reservations - much appreciated! We all enjoyed the daily wine and cheese at 5, and the continental breakfast everyday. We tried to eat at the adjoining (unsure of affiliation) restaurant, Madison & Vine, for breakfast/brunch, but it never worked out as they don’t serve brunch on the weekends and have “flexible” breakfast hours. We made reservations for 7:30 am and when we showed-up, they weren’t yet open. Will definitely stay again when in NYC!