The Library Hotel in New York City is the kind of sophisticated environment that is lacking in much of travel these days. At times, we would speak in hushed tones, observing library etiquette. The Library Hotel New York is one of those special travel experiences – a rarefied environment with complete comfort.
One of the unusual aspects of the hotel is its number system. The entire hotel is laid out on the Dewey Decimal System. Each of the floors and all of the rooms have a theme based on the Dewey system. Our room was the Middle Eastern Language room and featured Islamic art (one of our favorites).
We were in New York for a romantic weekend escape. The Library Hotel, with its easy access to the subway at Grand Central Station, made the perfect base and it was easy for us to get down to the Lower East Side for a New York walking tour. The Library Hotel was a great base for a weekend getaway.
Special Bonus: The Library Hotel offers a complimentary happy hour in the second flour lounge. Relax with a glass of bubbles or wine, cheese and light snacks. This is how every day should end!
The Restaurant: Madison & Vine restaurant is on the ground floor of the hotel. The Library Hotel restaurant serves a mix of new American and Italian classics. We didn’t eat here, but the menu looked good.
The Lounge: The hotel has a wonderful rooftop bar: the Bookmarks Lounge at the Library Hotel. We had a wonderful evening drink here one evening. Bookmarks has a sophisticated but relaxed vibe and is one of the best bars near Grand Central station.
The Concierge: There isn’t a designated concierge, but the front desk was able to provide everything we needed.
The Spa and Recreational Facilities: The hotel does not have a gym or fitness center, but provides passes to a nearby New York Sports Club.
The Bed: The room was very intimate and had a queen-sized bed, which was very comfortable. Additional pillows and a pillow top mattress are available by special request before 4:00pm on the day of arrival.
The Rooms: Our room, 405 (or known by their Dewey Decimal numbering as 400.005), was very intimate and had the bed on one side of the room and a desk built into the wall on the other.
The WiFi: The hotel had terrific, free wifi!
The Television: The focus of The Library Hotel is on reading. Television is not a priority. There was a small flat screen TV in a cabinet on the desk/bookshelf, but we didn’t watch it.
The Safe: The room had a safe for valuables.
The Bathroom: The bathroom was very large and had a frosted glass window between the bathroom and the bedroom. It let natural light from the room into the bathroom. Along one wall, there was a large built-in shelf to put toiletries, which was a huge comfort. It seems like we never have enough room in the bathroom. The bathroom had slippers and robes for our lounging pleasure!
The Bathroom Amenities: The Library Hotel features Gilchrist and Soames amenities.
The Cost: New York City hotel rates are known to be highly variable and depend on conventions in town, day of the week, etc. Our room ranges in from $240-$472. Around the time of our visit, the cost for our room was $280.
The Location: The Library Hotel is right on Madison Avenue on 41st Street. It’s around the corner from 42nd Street and is less than 2 blocks to Grand Central Station.
The Transportation: The hotel is well served by taxis and public bus. The closest subway is the Green 4,5,6 line at 42nd and Lexington (at Grand Central Station). The 7 train to Queens is also close at 42nd Street. The Library Hotel is also not far from Penn Station.
The Airport Transfer: New York traffic can be legendary, especially in mid-town. Given the traffic, it’s best to allow extra time. By cab or car service, LaGuardia airport (LGA) is ~45 minutes, JFK airport (JFK) is ~75 minutes and Newark airport (EWR) is ~40 minutes. There is a New York airport shuttle from Manhattan to each of the three major airports. It’s also possible to get to all of the airports via various combinations of subways and then bus/train, but we’ve found a cab or car service to be the simplest option.
New York City is also well served by trains. The Library Hotel is less than two blocks to Grand Central Station (and Metro North trains). New York’s Penn Station is a $11/15 minute cab ride from The Library Hotel.
The Hotel Website: http://www.libraryhotel.com/
The Library Hotel New York is a rare boutique hotel gem in the midst of midtown Manhattan. This is a great hotel for business travelers given is Midtown Manhattan location, but its proximity to Grand Central and transportation make it a good choice for weekend sightseeing getaways.
Special thanks to The Library Hotel New York and the Library Hotel Collection, who hosted us during our stay. As always, all views are our own.