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
We stayed at the Library hotel with my parents, who are even older than I am. Quiet (deluxe) rooms for sleeping, 24 hour coffee and rolls, great breakfast, super wine happy hour, terrific roof top bar (we had to wrestle with some of the midtown business types, but we won them over with our aw-shucks flyover charm), and extremely helpful staff. It was perfect.
Beautiful small hotel. Excellent location walking distance from Grand Central and Times Square. Quiet. Away from the party crowds. Great service. Nice breakfast and all day coffee in the reading room. Roof garden and bar a bonus.
We had wonderful time and the hotel staff were very nice and accommodating. Extra's like flowers in the room and a bottle of wine made the trip special for a 50th wedding anniversary trip. Just what we had hoped for. I (the husband) made the reservation so got lots of credit for thinking about flowers. But all I had to do was click the button - 12 dozen red roses and they were in the room on our arrival.
My wife and I stayed here when we were in town for a Wedding. The room was everything you could ask for, but what really shined was the staff. They were friendly, always greeting you with a smile, and making it a point to make our stay as comfortable as possible. I could not recommend the Library Hotel enough.
It’s been 3 years since our last visit to New York and we love being creatures of habit, hence there being no indecision about choosing The Library as our hotel here. We will revisit NYC and most definitely The Library Hotel, they go hand in hand, end of. What prompted me to write my first review and share how we felt remains the case, it is simply a fantastic hotel in a brilliant location. It’s the staff who sell it, all of them. All are enthusiastic, friendly and extremely helpful but their down to earth, genuinely ‘want to please’ and overall professionalism shines through. We have no names to mention other than Duke on the front desk .. thank you for your contribution to our fantastic 7 night stay, you shining stars do the Library Hotel proud. Can’t wait to return and huge thanks again for making our stay so very special.