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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.

Essential Information

Rooms 60
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.

www.libraryhotel.com

Whether it’s your first trip or you’re a regular visitor to the greatest city on earth, you’re guaranteed to have an amazing experience in New York City. The only downside is that the plethora of amazing things to do in New York can sometimes be overwhelming. Let us steer you in the right direction with the inside story on our perfect weekend in NYC.

Arriving after a long flight you’ll want some tasty and nourishing food in a quintessential New York location. Head for David Chang’s Momofuku Noodle Bar in the East Village for some warming kimchi stew or their famous ramen with pork belly and poached egg. Check out the local bars including Death & Company on East 6th Street whose cocktails like the Sweet Hereafter will send you smiling to your deserved sleep.

 Waking up bright and early take in stunning New York skyline views right from your bed at the Standard Highline, the uberhip Meatpacking district hotel. The Standard’s rooms are compact but well designed, and floor to ceiling windows mean it feels as though the city is in your room. If you need a little privacy draw the opaque drapes and order breakfast in bed from the delicious room service menu.

The location of the Standard couldn’t be better with the Highline right beneath you, providing a beautiful mile and a half walk along the old rail line, planted with wild grasses and flowers. Once you reach 14th street make a right and hit the Union Square Greenmarket to peruse locally grown fruits and veggies and other fresh goodness. Get a takeaway fresh soup and salad and sit watching the squirrels in the green oasis of Union Square.

When you’ve had enough of nature and want to get back to the city head uptown to the shops on 5th avenue, or for the more culturally inclined while away a few hours in MoMA, whose unparalleled art collection revolves regularly ensuring there’s always new masterworks to view. Once sated with art or shopping head for the nearby Peninsula Hotel for a drink on their terrace with old-school Manhattan views over St Patrick’s cathedral and midtown.

Cab it back to the Standard Highline to freshen up for the night. We suggest nearby eats at Colicchio & Sons and the meatpacking area is suffused with eateries and low and high dives to while away your evening. At the end of the night take a final nightcap at the Top of the Standard. The bar is an intriguing mix of futuristic skyline vistas and old world booths and cocktails. The cool crowd and cutting edge DJs keep the party going and the vibe is young and fun.

Next morning take in brunch at the always wonderful Balthazar on Spring St followed by a browse through the excellent McNally Jackson bookstore. Then get your fix of gifts and people watching amongst the  galleries and boutiques of nearby Soho.

Oh, and don’t be too sad as you hail your final cab for the airport and home. It’s New York. You’ll be back.

 

 

 

New York

Christmas shopping break to New York including 3 nights at the Milford Plaza Hotel in midtown Manhattan, direct flights and all taxes and charges from €725 per person departing on November 14th.

www.hilarymurphytravel.com

Caribbean

Ring in 2014 in the Caribbean with this 11 night cruise aboard the luxury Celebrity Equinox. Prices start at €1,619 per person (cruise only) and €2,925 per person (fly/cruise ex Dublin).

www.dawson-travel.com

Thailand

Explore Bangkok and Phuket in 2014 with this twin-centre holiday from Classic Resorts starting at €1,379 for 12 nights. Stay 4 nights in a Superior room in the 4* Rembrandt Bangkok in a Superior room on a B&B basis and 8 nights at the 4* Centara Villas Phuket in a Deluxe room on a B&B basis. Flights are with Etihad via Abu Dhabi from Dublin. Book by January 31st 2014, travel between May 1st – June 30th 2014.

www.classicresorts.ie

Ski

Crystal Ski has great deals on offer for early bookings for the 2013/14 season. Prices start at €529 for 7 nights including flights, transfers, accommodation, ski or board hire and lift pass.

www.crystalski.ie

Corfu

7 nights at the 5* Corfu Holiday Palace on a B&B basis from €409 per person sharing. Price includes flights, transfers and accommodation. Departs October 13th.

www.clickandgo.com

Dublin can only boast the second largest St Patrick’s Day celebrations in the world. New York comes in the number one spot with at least 15,000 marching in the parade and over 2 million spectators lining the streets. New York is not the only option to celebrate stateside though so here we take a look at some of the other destinations that take their Irish roots very seriously.

New Orleans

The Big Easy hosts a Mardi Gras style parade complete with floats. The tradition at a lot of USA based St Patrick’s Day parade involves handing out beads to spectators along the route but instead in New Orleans expect to see airborne potatoes and cabbages.

Savannah, Georgia

Boasting an attendance of over 750,000 every year, the parade in Savannah is scheduled on March 17th regardless of the week day it falls on. The procession takes over the whole city and winds through the Historic Park District where the city fountains are dyed green.

Boston

The first American St. Patrick’s Day celebration was in Boston, in 1737. They carry on the tradition and host over 600,000 parade-goers every year.

Chicago

The Chicago parade is held every year on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day unless March 17th falls on a Saturday. The Chicago River is dyed green at 10:00 am, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Chicago kicks off at noon.

New York

The largest St. Patrick’s day parade in the world kicks off on 44th street at 11:00am and marches up 5th Avenue. Over 15,000 marchers and 2 million spectators take part annually.

The bathroom may not top the list of priorities for most people when planning a trip but  a relaxing bath in a beautiful bathroom is often just what you need after a hard day’s exploring or sunbathing. When the baths comes with stunning views like these you may end up spending more time in the bathroom than you planned.

Mandarin Oriental, New York City

Soaring above the city, Mandarin Oriental, New York enjoys an unbeatable setting in the midst of the action. Stunning floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the Hudson River, Central Park and Manhattan’s glittering skyline. The hotel is also perfectly sitated for all the cities attractions, shopping and nightlife.

Andara Resort & Villas, Phuket, Thailand

Nestled on a lush tropical hillside above Kamala Beach. Overlooking the endless blue of the Andaman Sea, this Phuket boutique hotel offers the pinnacle of tropical living with private infinity pools, world-class service, and exclusive, modern villa residences touched with Thai influence.

 

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia

Southern Ocean Lodge is Australia’s first true luxury lodge, offering a unique and exclusive travel experience on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Floating atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, the lodge commands peerless views of the wild Southern Ocean and pristine Kangaroo Island wilderness.

Tongabezi Lodge, Victoria Falls, Nambia

On the banks of the mighty Zambezi, Tongabezi Lodge reflects the mystery, style and spirit of old Africa. The lodge is privately owned and run, with the emphasis on exclusivity and romance, enhanced by the warm hospitality of the people of Zambia. The 5 River Cottages along the river bank have large beds, private verandah and these superb baths.

 

Ponta Dos Ganchos Exclsive Resort, Gov. Celso Ramos, Brazil

Set in the municipality of Governador Celso Ramos, Ponta dos Ganchos is an adventure into the exquisite. Exceptional service and attention attention to detail combine with a relaxed atmosphere for to let you enjoy a small piece of old-time Brazil with its pretty little fishing villages, peopled by the descendents of the first Azorean immigrants to settle the Santa Catarina coast.

 

Taj Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Opened in 2010 the first Taj in Africa is set in two historical landmarks. The old Reserve Bank and Board of Executors buildings now  immaculately restored and united as one. The JIVA Grande Spa’s star attraction is the resident Ayurvedic doctor but the hotel’s crowning glory is the Presidential Suite on the 17th floor, which has the biggest terrace in town and equally amazing views from the bath.


The Peninsula Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

This is Hong Kong’s most famous hotel, theplace to stay if you have a penchant for the historical. Built in 1928, it exudes elegance, from its white-gloved doormen and one of the world’s largest limousine fleets of Rolls-Royces to its ornate lobby, Hong Kong’s foremost spot for afternoon tea and people-watching. The Presedential Suite has a jacuzzi bath with a fabulous view of the city.

Singita Grumeti Reserves, Sasakwa Lodge, Serengeti, Tanzania

Singita Sasakwa Lodge is one of three Singita lodges in this enormous private concession (350 000 acres), which means that you’ll have this wild stretch of Africa all to yourself. Each cottage has a private infinity-edge pool and bath overlooking ‘where the land stretches to forever’.

 

Havana & Varadero

3 nights in Havana B&B & 7 nights in Varadero All-inclusive from only €1080 per person plus €285 taxes per person.
Based on 4* hotels and includes flights, transfers and accommodation.

Find out more www.travel247.ie

St Lucia

7 nights at the 4* Coco Palm on a B&B basis from €699 + €362 tax. Price includes flights with Virgin Atlantic via London and travel dates are from April 8th – July 12th. Book by December 19th.

Find out more www.classicresorts.ie

Morocco

Enjoy some winter sun in Morocco with 7 nights starting at just €349 including flights and hotel. Travel throughout January. Range of hotels from 3* – 5*+.

Find out more www.travelbroker.ie

Abu Dhabi

A 3 night beach break to Abu Dhabi from €779. Includes direct flights from Dublin with Etihad Airways and 3 nights at the 4* Hilton Abu Dhabi with breakfast.

Find out more www.trailfinders.ie

Paris

2 nights in Paris from January 21st – 23rd from just €208 per person sharing. Price includes flights, taxes and 2 nights accommodation at the Hotel Amiot. Subject to availability at time of booking.

Find out more www.arrowtours.ie

Ski

If you haven’t booked your ski holiday yet don’t miss The BIG Ski sale over at Topflight from next Monday the 10th until Wednesday 12th. Up to 50% off ski holidays with packages including flight, hotel, transfers, rep service and generous luggage allowance starting at just €229.

Find out more www.topflight.ie

New York

3 nights in New York citynext spring from €458 per person. Price includes return flight and hotel and is based on 2 sharing.

Find out more www.touramerica.ie

Orlando

7 nights in Orlando from just €599 per person. Price includes return flights to Orlando, all taxes and airport charges plus 7 nights accommodation at the International Drive 3* Hotel.

Departure October 14th 2012.

Find out more www.touramerica.ie

Thailand

7 nights at the 4* Zeavola Resort in Koh Phi Phi from €1,389 per person on a B&B basis. Price includes return flights from Dublin to Phuket with Etihad Airways, all taxes and charges and speedboat transfers from Phuket to the resort.

Valid for selected departures September 7th to October 18th.

Find out more www.trailfinders.ie

Beijing, Xi’an & Shanghai

10 nights in China with this multi destination trip leaving Dublin on November 11th. Prices start at €1,659 + €400 tax and the package includes 5 nights at the 5* The Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Beijing, 3 nights at the 5* The Howard Johnson Hotel in Xi’an and 2 nights at The Radisson Pudong Century in Shanghai all on a B&B basis. Dinner included and arranged at local restaurants. Full programme of day excursions are also included plus return flights from Dublin and all transfers.

Departing November 11th.

Find out more www.thetraveldepartment.ie

New York

Kick off the new year with a 3 night break in New York City from just €639 per person including taxes and charges. Price is based on 2 adults sharing at the 3* Yotel at Times Square or similar.

Travel between January 6th and 31st 2013.

Find out more www.escape2.ie

Southern Caribbean Cruise

Escape November in Ireland with this 11 night cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas. Ports of call include Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada and St. Kitts. Prices start from €1,449 per person sharing and includes flights, transfers, all taxes and charges and hotel accommodation.

Departs Dublin November 11th.

Find out more www.cruiseparadise.ie

Lisbon

2 nights in Lisbon from €254 per person sharing. Price includes flights, all taxes and charges and 2 nights accommodation at the Avenida Park Hotel.

October 7th – 9th 2012.

Find out more www.arrowtours.ie

 

Broadway in Soho, Manhattan, New York, USA

Tourists already know the entire borough of Manhattan is any shop-aholic’s dream, or nightmare. One can spend an entire week shopping throughout New York City. Any native New Yorker will tell you to head down to Broadway in Soho to find a variety of shopping experiences. You can shop high end at luxury stores, find middle ground with stores like Old Navy or The Gap, or, find a truly unique vintage shop for unique finds to bring back home.

 

The Ginza: Tokyo, Japan

Worth over ten million yen, being one of the most expensive pieces of real estate in Japan is what The Ginza can claim for fame. Historians say the Ginza district is named after the Japanese word for Silver Mint; giving it its rich nickname. Most shops in the district are open everyday of the week. Massive department stores dominate this area including Mitsukoshi, Matsuya and Matsuzakaya.

 

The Nine Streets Area, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Otherwise known to the Dutch as De Negen Straatjes; the heart of the Amsterdam canal district is one of the most delightful shopping experiences. Located near the Royal Palace and Dam Square, you’ll be able to capture picturesque photographs of the infamous canals. Explore the designer boutiques and specialty vintage shops which keep Amsterdam a major shopping competitor in Europe.

 

Bond Street: London, England

If luxury shopping is for you, the mecca of shopping streets is located in London England. Located in the Mayfair district of London, it has been a reputable shopping street since the 18th century. Technically, Bond Street does not exist. The South part is called Old Bond Street, while the North is called New Bond Street. The stores with lots of shopping to do certainly do exist where one can find great familiar places such as Zara, Victorinox, Armani and Miu Miu.

 

Avinguda Diagonal Barcelona, Spain

Cutting the city in two, diagonally from East to West, is how Avinguda Diagonal got its name. There is plenty to please everyone here from local designers to big brands in the massive shopping centers along the avenue. Check out the Glories Plaza for a cinema experience and a mini mall.

Mexico

7 nights All Inclusive at the 4* Grand Xcaret Hotel from  €625pp plus taxes €341pp.

Prices are based on 2 adults, 2+1 or 2+2 sharing a Deluxe room during 1st May – 24th June and 1st – 30th September.

Flights are with British Airways via London. Subject to availability at time of booking. Book by 27th March.

Book at www.classicresorts.ie

Cruise

Cruise Holidays and Norwegian Cruise Line are bringing you an amazing 1 Day Flash Sale for Norwegian Epic sailings from Barcelona or Civitavecchia (Rome) – all sailings from 29th Apr – 14th Oct 2012 are included in the Sale…

With savings up to €435(**) per stateroom, do not hesitate, pick up the phone and call us on: (01) 817 3558 Dublin or (021) 242 9555 (Cork)

Book at www.cruiseholidays.ie

St. Lucia

7 nights from €699 per person plus €352 tax.

Package includes 7 nights at the Coco Palm hotel in a Garden View Room,return economy class flights, return airport to hotel transfers, services of a local representative.

Available from from 1st April – 9th May & 14th May – 30th September. Upgrade to a Patio Garden view room from €29pppw or a Garden View Suite from €47pppw, or a Swim-Up room from €99pppw. Flights are with British Airways via London.

Book at www.travelagent.ie

New York & Cancun

10 nights from €1,769 per person plus €284 tax.

The package includes return economy class flights from Dublin,
7 nights All Inclusive in Cancun & 3 nights room only at the Fitzpatrick’s Grand Central.

Prices are based on 2 sharing in a Deluxe Tropical View room in Dreams and a standard room in Fitzpatrick’s Grand Central New York, travelling between 1st May – 30th June. Flights are with Continental Airlines via Newark. Taxes are changeable. Subject to availability at time of booking.

Book at www.travelagent.ie

Antigua

7 nights at the 4* Galley Bay Resort on an All Inclusive basis from €1,699 per person plus €340 tax.

The package includes return economy class flights to Antigua with British Airways,
7 nights at the Galley Bay Resort on a All-inclusive basis, return airport to hotel transfers, services of a local representative.

Prices are based on 2 sharing in a Superior Beachfront room between 1st – 30th September, supplement for travel between 20th March – 14th April is €340pppw, between 15th April – 10th May is €70pppw, 11th May – 31st August is €35pppw.

Book at www.travelagent.ie