The Library Hotel was the last of a trio of hotels stayed at during our NYC-DC adventure at the end of February 2012. This proved a welcome and unforgettable base for our final night in New York, with friendly and helpful service abound (including bellhops to show us to our room and explain its facilities), a host of freebies (including Wifi, literary-themed turn-down chocolates and bookmarks, and a 24-hour reading room equipped with free snacks and drinks as well as books to borrow – see adjacent pictures), and an innovative system of room naming and numbering using genres of books as per the Dewey Decimal System (we were in the Love Room). As for the location of the hotel itself, it is host to one of the city’s most bustling lunchtime spots, Madison and Vine, has the New York Public Library in its sights, and is brilliantly located for Grand Central Station, Times Square, Bryant Park, and more.
Ours had a delightful terrace with a view of the New York Public Library. It was also well-equipped with books on the ‘theme‘ of our room. The bathroom was modern but luxurious, but neither the bathroom nor the bedroom were particularly big. Bed was large, plush and comfortable; toiletries were by Gilchrist and Soames; and there was, I believe, an HD television (perhaps needless to say, we didn’t use it; we certainly weren’t wanting for reading matter). We slept well 🙂
Breakfast consisted of the selection of food and drink that’s always available in the reading room, along with extra more specifically ‘breakfast’ foods such as cereal and bread. The part that’s available as standard all day is mainly pastries of several types, along with biscuits, fresh fruits, fruit juice, tea, and coffee from a machine that grinds the beans for you. Not so good for those who prefer a cooked breakfast, but we weren’t complaining. You also take breakfast in the reading room itself, which is a lovely relaxing start to the day thanks to its soft sofas and carpets, and classical music piped in.
Although our most expensive hotel at $260 a night (booked in advance on a special deal), it was also the best value. Service, facilities and finishings were far and away better than the other two hotels we stayed at – and all for only a few dollars more. It was my favourite hotel of the entire trip for its ambience and comfort – although its theme perhaps meant it was a shoo-in for book-lovers like us. We would definitely return.
299 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017