Taking inspiration from the New York Public Library just around the corner, this elegantly unassuming hotel is dedicated to book lovers and is "a refuge of calm", says The Independent. The hotel is walking distance to Grand Central and is near Bryant Park.
Your stay comes with lots of complimentary extras -- Wi-Fi, breakfast, passes to New York City Sports Clubs, a nightly cheese and wine reception (5-8pm), and self-serve refreshments and cookies.
With only 60 rooms, the property offers an intimate New York experience, shared in the evenings with high-flying locals, who like to hang out at the rooftop Bookmarks Lounge sipping literary-inspired cocktails. The Madison & Vine Restaurant on site serves American fare for lunch and dinner, and an indulgent brunch at the weekends.
The real stars though are the rooms, themed by subject and organized using the librarian’s favorite: the Dewey Decimal System. Each has 25-100 books on a single distinct topic -- themes include fashion, photography, mathematics, astrology, and erotic literature picked by American sex therapist Dr Ruth (apparently the most requested room).
High ceilings and large windows help the bedrooms feel bigger than they really are, but the Petite Rooms are a little on the small side (at 212-square-feet). Deluxe Rooms are roomier and worth the upgrade. Ask for a room on a higher floor for a quieter night's sleep.
From the press:
"Manages to be sleek and geeky at the same time" -- The New York Times
"The fireplace, cozy sofas and club chairs at this rooftop bar suggest the decadent penthouse apartment you’ll probably never afford" -- Time Out
"Nowhere is more shelf space devoted to good reading than at the elegant, six-year-old Library Hotel" -- Washington Post
"[Perfect for a traveler] hungry for a little culture and coziness" -- New York Magazine
Infant cots / cribs
Newspaper / magazines
No pets allowed
24-hour front desk
Airport transfer (fees apply)
Baby-sitting service on request
Laundry / dry cleaning
Room service (limited hours)
Empty mini-fridges available in each room.
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Iron and ironing board
DVD / CD player & library
iPod/iPhone docking station
Complimentary Internet access
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
Bathrobes and slippers
Public car park (fees apply)
Accessible bathroom: deluxe room only
Accessible bathroom in some rooms
Accessible meeting room
ADA compliant rooms
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 21.
Standard checkout time: 1pm.
Children and additional guests
Infant's cot/crib available on request free of charge and in the Deluxe Room and Junior Suites only. No extra beds available.
No pets allowed.
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
The flat rate for a cab from JFK to Manhattan is approximately $50, plus tip and tolls, and the journey takes an hour. A cheaper option is to take the AirTrain from JFK, transfer to the E subway line into Manhattan at Jamaica Station. The closest subway station is Grand Central-42nd Street, one block from the hotel.
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