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
- 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
Had a very peaceful and pleasant stay at the library hotel. Rooms are based on different themes with lot of books. Free snacks and tea/coffee is great throughout the day. Staff is very friendly and would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a unique quiet experience in New York!
We arrived early and the front desk staff held our bags for us. We stayed in room 303, on social sciences floor, our rooms theme was economic theory. There were at least 125 books In the room and even for a somewhat sleepy subject of economics there has to be something of interest to everyone who stays in this room. I picked out at least one book from each reachable shelf to leaf through. This small but very quaint room has a full sized bed with two types of pillows one down and the other poly filled. While I would have preferred a memory foam pillow, again the Hotel chose the pillows well. The television is small. The storage space is good sized closet and drawers. The bath room was good sized, smaller lip rise on the tub making it easier to get in and out of. During the day, the 2nd floor library sitting room has snacks (nice cookies, some danishes, and fruit). At 5pm the wine and cheese items come out. The only negative here is my lack of willpower so I over ate the snacks. They have a continental breakfast, with real fresh hard boiled eggs vs store bought from weeks ago. Fresh orange and grapefruit juices, little cereals I had fruit loops some 40 years after the last time I had it. They also have coffee and tea, hot cereal packages more danishes, bagels, croissants, bread for toasting, etc. The hotel has a bar and sitting room on the 14 floor with very nice views. It was chilly on Feb 14th but very nice and very comfortable. The view out the windows of 303 was to Madison and 41st streets. When the room got too warm after showers in the morning, it was nice to be able to crack the window open for some fresh air.
I am a picky traveler and I appreciate all the finer touches this hotel offers. I looked for something to knick pick on but could not find anything. I will stay again at the Library Hotel in Manhattan. This hotel has exceeded my expectations.
Absolutely loved this boutique hotel in a great position.....everything about it first class. From the welcome with smiles to the cleanliness overall to the delicious food and drink on offer at no extra cost - brilliant.
My husband & I stayed here for 3 nights. This was our first visit to New York & were recommended to stay here & were so pleased we did as the location is excellent with all major attractions an easy walk away. As others have mentioned, the 24hr tea/coffee/pastries etc were wonderful & very welcome after several hours sightseeing & also loved the complimentary wine & nibbles in the evening. Despite the room being a bit on the small side (deluxe double) the bed was extremely comfortable & overall perfect for our short stay - very limited wardrobe space though which could be an issue for a longer stay (may just have been our particular rooms layout). Staff all very friendly and would definitely consider staying here again.
This was our second time staying at the Library Hotel. As we've gotten to know the city and area a little better, we still find this hotel to be our top choice - central location, fast elevators, quiet, clean rooms, helpful staff etc.
Two minor incidents occurred this trip but definitely not deal breakers.
I did find it interesting that one night we had leftover dinner (fish) and we kept it in the mini fridge. The next day, we couldn't leave it out for the cleaning staff to throw out because it smelled awful. I left a $5 tip, with a note on the nightstand, asking to remove the bag from the fridge and please discard. When we returned later that day, the tip and note were gone, room was clean, but the bag of day old fish was still in the fridge. That evening I was lucky enough to catch the cleaning woman who came to turn down the bed. I asked her if she could throw away the bag, which I had in my hand. She said, "I don't understand English". I was surprised that she didn't know what I meant. Luckily, I knew Spanish and told her it was "basura" and she was more than happy to remove it from the room. I suppose she didn't understand my note. If the cleaning crew doesn't understand English, it might be helpful for the hotel staff to teach them basic words or to instruct them to show another employee a note clearly left for them and ask them to translate if they don't understand.
On our last day, we checked out and had time to spare before leaving for the airport. We left our four bags, and two winter coats in their storage room. We returned and picked up our belongings with the help of hotel staff. We were about 40 minutes into our ride to JFK when we realized we left our two winter coats in the storage room. Too late to turn back. It's our fault that we forgot our coats although I'd like to say it would have been nice for the hotel staff to have given us everything when he handed us our belongings. Again, our fault. They were kind enough to ship us our coats after I forwarded a prepaid FEDEX label to them and they packed and shipped it immediately.
All in all, we still love the Library Hotel and wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.