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Library Hotel

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299 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10017 40.752148 -73.979712
at 41st St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-983-4500 | 877-793-7323 | Fax: 212-499-9099 Send to Phone

  • Price Range: Moderate, Expensive
  • Reader Rating:

    9 out of 10

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  • Type of Hotel: Boutique Hotel, Good for Business Travelers
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Sample Room Rates

Petite (full bed), $299-$399; deluxe (queen bed), $299-$549; junior suite (king bed), $395-$650; Love Room with terrace, $395-$650

Official Website

libraryhotel.com

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.

Parking

  • Nearby Parking Lots - Validated

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Hotel Amenities

  • Babysitting
  • Concierge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Express Checkout
  • Fax Services
  • Gym Passes
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Hotel Bar/Lounge
  • Hotel Restaurant
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • WiFi Service

Room Amenities

  • Bathrobe
  • DVD Player
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Meeting/Conference Rooms
  • Minibar
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • TV
  • WiFi service

Profile

Opened in 2000, the Library Hotel caters to the leisure/business traveler hungry for a little culture and coziness. Oversize books line the lobby wall, where guests can bone up on Winston Churchill’s collected writings or the paintings of Francis Bacon while waiting for a cab. The literary theme continues in the rooms, named according to the Dewey Decimal Classification, with headings like Languages, Math and Science or Literature. Inside are books to match, and the photographs above the headboards reflect the category, too: famous people in the Biography Rooms, ancient Greeks in Philosophy. The décor is your standard modern beige-and-sage, though the polished granite desks stand out. The top floor houses the poetry garden and the writers’ den, both with balconies, and on the second floor is the reading roomócomplete with its own concierge, in case you decide to abandon your novel in favor of a Broadway show.

Pros

More character than the average midtown hotel. You have a stash of books should the weather keep you marooned inside.

Cons

It's sandwiched between high rises, so the rooms tend to be a bit dark.

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