Stepping off Madison Avenue into the calm of the Library Hotel lobby you immediately get that happy glow not always felt when you first enter the hotel you have chosen for your city break – that unconscious sigh of relief that tells you that you have chosen the right place. We had walked through mid town Manhattan to get there and the cool calm atmosphere created by Nick the front office manager and his team immediately told us we were in the right place.
The Library is a very special boutique hotel right in the centre of mid town (Madison and 41st Street) very close to New York City Library and Bryant Park which plays host to some of the hottest shows of fashion week. This hotel is designed for Manhattan travelers with a passion for culture and an appetite for life. Each of the ten guestroom floors at the Library Hotel is dedicated to one of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System: Social Sciences, Literature, Languages, History, Math & Science, General Knowledge, Technology, Philosophy, The Arts and Religion. In turn each of the 60 rooms are furnished with a unique collection of books and art exploring a distinct topic within each category. We are reliably informed that the Erotica room on the Literature floor is the most requested room in the place.
Outside your room this hotel continues to entertain with the 2nd floor lobby offering guests a 24 hour tea, coffee, cookies and refreshment service and a nightly wine and cheese reception between five and eight o’clock. Up on the 14th floor the cool bar / lounge stretches out on to a terrace with spectacular views of mid town Manhattan. The bar is popular with a local after work crowd from the agencies of nearby Madison Avenue. Very “Mad Men”. With a poetry garden, a writers den and a selection of DVDs comprising the top 100 films of the 20th Century The Library provides a cool penthouse feel right in the middle of mid town.
Rates From $125 per person, free buffet style breakfast included
Check-out 1pm; check-in, 3pm
Facilities High speed T-1 access in all rooms, wi-fi throughout, plush bathrobes, Natura toiletries.
Also More than 6,000 books were hand picked from the famous Strand book shop to match the theme of each room.