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Historical Traveler Reviews Library Hotel New York City
Beautiful hotel with a unique decor. I stayed here on a research trip and its proximity to NY libraries was a wonderful plus. I would specifically recommend it to anyone wanting a romantic getaway or a family holiday in New York. I certainly would stay here again.
We loved this hotel. We've stayed in a lot of NYC hotels and this one is our favorite. The concept is great. The complimentary breaksfast and wine and cheese really comes in handy before and after a long day of experiencing the greatest city in the world. We were in a queen-sized room, which was a decent size. The fact that the ceilings were so high made it feel bigger. And we want to design our bathroom at home after the one at the hotel. We really appreciated the turndown service, which you don't often find in hotels anymore. A very special place.
Cute idea, nice location
I stayed in a "standard" room,which was nicely appointed but extremely tiny. I was happy I was traveling alone and not with my husband. In addition, these "standard" rooms are directly across from the elevator. This turned out not to be a problem -but on a busy weekend, it could be. The "Reading Room" is a great idea and the continental breakfast was fresh and plentiful. I would clearly consider staying again - but I still prefer to be on the Upper West Side.
Gorgeous Little Hotel!
We stayed in New York from 7th - 11th December 2003 and were originally booked into the Hotel Pennsylvania. After reading bad reviews about the hotel I started to panic and looked for an alternative. I was reading the Time Out guide to NYC and they recommended the Library Hotel as a romantic getaway. I was hooked! We paid $650 for the night as a special package called the Erotica Package and stayed in the love room which had a balcony. It was fantastic, there is a complimentary cheese & wine reception every week night from 5pm until 8pm, you get complimentary hot/soft drinks 24 hrs a day and a complimentary continental breakfast.
As we booked this special Erotica Package we also got a bottle of champagne, some strawberries & low fat whip, rose petals were scattered on the bed, we got 2 bath robes to take home, some Kama Sutra goodies, Godiva Chocolates & a choice of erotic literature! All 60 rooms are based on the Dewey Decimal system so depending on which room you stay in you get literature based on certain subjects, psychology, philosophy, sciences, languages etc etc. The hotel also has a video library which is free of charge. The staff were excellent, definitely the friendliest and most helpful people I met during the whole stay (especially Laura on reception!) I'd just like to thank them for making our stay totally enjoyable. I definitely recommend this hotel - also a nice break if you want to impress your other half! We will be going back there again!
A Perfect Gem of a Hotel
I have traveled all over the world for business, and lived in the Bay Area, New York and in various countries in Europe. The Library Hotel is one of the best hotels in which I've had the pleasure to stay. The staff is incredibly warm (but not intrusive), the service is excellent, the breakfast and wine and cheese are great touches, and the common rooms are in perfect taste. Their website doesn't do the hotel justice.
One night my husband and I missed the wine and cheese hour, and the concierge simply handed us an extra bottle of wine to enjoy ourselves!
The rooms are definitely petite--I was upgraded, so I didn't even see the smallest rooms. However, when you go to New York, you are simply not going to find a Dallas-sized room unless you're willing to shell out the equivalent of GDP of a small country. Live as the natives do!
Once you've accepted the dainty size, revel in the perfect decor--understated, yet warm elegance.
If you love elegant yet understated boutique hotels and warm service, I highly recommend this hotel. But only if you're not unpleasant and demanding. The staff is so wonderful, I wish that I could protect them from awful guests. . .
Charming, but expected more
The Library is a charming place. I enjoyed the breakfast, the wine/cheese reception and the Writer's Den is a nice place to get away.
My dinner at Branzini was very good.
My room was clean, nicely outfitted, but very small. I'm sure the suites are nicer. The drawer for the safe would not open and the TV remote did not work. There is no valet parking, you have to go two blocks down and around, meaning you have to schlep the bags or make a return trip.
Small things, but you'd expect a little more for the money.
I have stayed in Manhattan dozens of times over the past two years and this is simply the best hotel yet! The hotel offers free bottled water in the rooms ( i thouht this was a really nice touch), complimentary breakfast as well as complimentary wine and cheese in the afternoon.
Service is excellent as well.
They upgraded my room, so I don't know what the standard rooms are like. I can say my room was really nice and spacious.
Library Hotel, New York's Best kept Secret
We have just returned home from the most fabulous stay at The Library Hotel, having done all the research beforehand, I am very pleased to report that the Hotel far exceeded our expectations. From the moment we entered, we were made to feel part of the family, I took my two young daughters Lucy 10 and Emily 8 for a special weekend treat for my Birthday and they were made to feel so welcome and soon made themselves at home. Frank Danek the Hotel's Manager, is a lovely Man and nothing is ever too much trouble for him or any of the staff. We stayed in 'Modern Fiction' which was a beautifully appointed junior suite with amazing views across to the Library in one direction and down Madison Avenue to the other. The bathroom was spacious and again beautifully appointed, The lovely breakfasts each morning and complimentary Wine & Cheese in the evenings were delicious and also were a good way of meeting the other guests and striking up conversations. The Hotel has many unusual features, the Poetry Garden and adjoining Writers Den are a real find and the Branzini Brasserie serves lovely food (a real treat to enjoy in your room when you are too tired to hit the town) We cannot wait to return to without doubt the best kept secret in the City (even the Cab Drivers can't find it...)
The service and positive attitude of the staff was great. The decor was fascinating. Every room is unique. I stayed at the Paranormal room, next to the Love Room (everyone's favorite)! Enjoyed the fireplace and rooftop lounge. Great location.
Quiet elegance in the heart of Manhattan
A wonderful, charming small hotel in the heart of Manhattan. I truly enjoyed the elegant ambiance, the truly professional and friendly staff and the very quiet atmosphere. All the hustle and bustle of midtown is left on the street. A very delightful bar in a library setting. I'll certainly return!
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Sunday May 30th.
Early start with check out at around 7.30 am,then a taxi to the airport, which took relatively little time as it was Sunday morning.
We checked in and made our way to the first class lounge to have some breakfast.
The flight to New York was uneventful, and we arrived at La Guardia airport ahead of the …
Wednesday June 9th.
This is our last day in New York.
It was a much cooler day with some rain predicted.
We spent the day in mid town Manhattan, mainly doing some last minute shopping
Lunch in Saks of 5th Avenue , then we walked to MOMA and again we were met with large crowds, and long queues, so again we spent our …
Tuesday June 8th.
The day was somewhat cooler , but it was still a beautiful sunny day.
Following breakfast we took the subway to the Metropolitan Museum for a 2nd visit.
This time we spent most time viewing the Impressionist collection, which is really outstanding and large.
All the major painters are represented - …
cafe style="text-decoration: underline;">Monday June 7th.
Matthew and Susan had left for San Francisco, and Libby and Barry had a few more days left in New York, before departing for London.
It was another warm day, but before we could go out, we needed to change rooms to a somewhat smaller room - # 505.
We were very …
Sunday June 6th.
It being Sunday, Susan and Matthew went to St. Patrick's Cathedral, for Sunday Mass.
Barry and Libby decided to take advantage of the fact that Sunday morning was quiet in the city and we walked along Madison Avenue, planning to meet Matthew and Susan after mass - and at the same time gain a peek inside St. …