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
I just stayed again at The Library Hotel (I have taken to calling it my home away from home) for the first time in 5-6 months. And the thing is: this hotel, its staff, its amenities, etc NEVER disappoints. The location, near Grand Central and Bryant Park, can't be beat for getting anywhere in the city; the 5th Ave and Madison Ave shopping is only steps away; yet the Library Hotel is quiet, calm, friendly, and very accommodating. The petit rooms are small but very comfortable and well appointed. And the "common room" is spacious, with coffee, tea, and snacks at all hours of the day and night. The whole atmosphere is warm, friendly, and eager to help with anything you might need.
We returned to this hotel for the third time, which shows that we like it. It’ s not too big and makes us feel at home. From the moment we arrived with our friends and were greeted so enthusiastically by Duke, we felt comfortable. Plus points are that everyone appears to be genuinely friendly, the inclusive breakfast, and the wine and cheese pre-dinner. Service at breakfast and drinks was excellent. Another plus was that Cristina got us a table at Peter Luger Steakhouse, which we hadn’t managed before. The bar on 14 was most enjoyable on the barmy evenings with temperatures over 20C. The only real negative is that even the better rooms (Queen) are still rather small. It’s not cheap but just about acceptable for Big Apple. Location is .
Loved this hotel. Warm and friendly staff to greet you plus an excellent breakfast in a lovely room with books and the current day newspapers.
The pastries, fruit and tea / coffee available 24 hours was a bonus.
Wine, cheese, nuts and vegetable pieces were offered between 5 to 8 p.m was always a delight to return to after a big day out.
The restaurant on the premises has a varied menu and delicious food, A little noisy as it gets quite busy but worth a visit. Many other choices of eateries close by.
I would definitely stay at The Library Hotel again.
The hotel was conveniently located. The staff was courteous and helpful. The bar tender on the roof top lounge was a great guy originally from Philly and made a special martini for me. Duke the concierge was informative, friendly with a cheerful sense of humor. The room was smaller than we expected but adequate. We were comfortable. Excellent housekeeping and turndown service. We will stay there again & highly recommend the Library. Overall top notch experience.
From the courtesy call before our visit to the helpful and professional way the staff dealt with our mishaps and shenanigans (all our fault!) at the end - we were beyond impressed! The room itself is spacious, welcoming and tastefully decorated. Drinks and bites available at all hours of the day. The location is central (sandwiched between grand central Terminal, Times Square and NY Public Library). But above all the staff are the best we’ve encountered. Always warm and engaging and willing to go the extra mile with a smile! Would highly recommend- don’t go anywhere else - stay at the library hotel !