Midtown East

Library Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • A book lovers dream -- rooms are filled with books, all on a select subject
  • Free Wi-Fi plus a nightly cheese & wine reception
  • Great Midtown location, walking distance from Fifth Avenue & Times Square
  • "A refuge of calm", says The Independent

"[Perfect for a traveler] hungry for a little culture and coziness" -- New York Magazine

Map & Directions

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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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
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Restaurant
  • Roof terrace
  • No pets allowed


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Concierge service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Pillow menu
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center

Room amenities Empty mini-fridges available in each room.

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer


  • Public car park (fees apply)

Accessibility Accessible bathroom: deluxe room only

  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 21.

Checkout: Standard Time is 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.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: 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.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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