There is something magical about books. Always will be!
For the people that know me personally, they know that when I get a book, I still smell the pages. I love old books, turning the pages, touching the story.
I maybe one of the last few that still travel with library books, versus an electronic reader.
Nothing replaces the magic of consecutive letters place together on a page of white paper. It is years of knowledge, wisdom travel, cultures and history that goes on between the covers of books and get passed on from generation to generation.
The Library Hotel is the perfect combination of literature, books, knowledge, and boutique hotel.
The attention to detail is incredible!
We walked into the charming, tall but slender, quaint New York City, Library Hotel.
The doorman helped us instantly.
Check-in was not only smooth but also educational. Bobby was so happy to share with us some of the history of the building. The Library Hotel is the first born of the collection of five boutique hotels in New York City and Budapest….aptly named the Library Hotel Collection.
We were told that our room was the fiction room on the eighth floor, which was labeled “The Literature Floor”.
Each floor has it’s own subject for example: Social Science, General Knowledge, Arts, Religion and even the Paranormal floor!
The Library Hotel is conveniently located not only just a block from the New York City Library but also less than two blocks from Grand Central Terminal.
The rooms at the Library Hotel are incredibly charming! Filled with books on the shelves, a Queen bed with plush pillows and a long brown pillow across the bed that read. “Book lovers never go to sleep alone”.
The room had its own full bathroom with shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel. An umbrella was tucked in the closet with 2 white robes for the convenience.
I have to say, I was so grateful to have that umbrella as it was needed on that day in the city.
The décor of the room was the bookshelves and the books! Nothing else much is needed. Three picture frames with images from various books, including “Les Miserables” were the focus of the headboard.
Bookmarks are available to the patrons denoting each floor of the hotel, and it’s respective theme.
On the second level of this historic boutique hotel, is a quaint room “ The reading room” with the view on the library, where books and a piano are awaiting you to read or relax. This is where you can also enjoy a complementary wine and cheese reception from 5pm until 8pm.
At the wine and cheese reception you have choices of white wine, red wine and champagne. Assorted cheeses, crackers, olives and nuts were situated in the corner of the room as to not disturb readers. This room had the feel of a welcoming library!
In my room, there was awaiting a hand written card inviting me to enjoy the rooftop lounge, called the “Bookmark”! Wow wow wow, what a beautiful setting to enjoy some quiet reading or a drink.
The rooftop lounge is not just a terrace. It is an escape or retreat to serenity in the middle of midtown.
It was hard to choose a signature drink, as their names were inspired after books, authors and more.
I chose the Hemingway; a cocktail blend of five star Rum, limejuice, mint and champagne. I never had this drink before but it was composed of some of my favorite elements.
I sat inside the sunroom, on the roof, and across from the fireplace, as New York City on this late February was a bit chilly.
I loved the intimate feel of the rooftop! It is a perfect way to unwind after walking or shopping all day in the city.
I was able to work, and write out of the reading room where refreshments are available all day. It became my office the next morning after a wonderful night of sleep.
My room was so quiet, and quite surprisly the traffic was not a bother. Turn down service had been done while I was out and two dark chocolate pieces wrapped in a quote where waiting by the bed, and an estimation of the weather for the next day.
Breakfast was served in the “reading room” and was a combination of orange and grapefruit juices. Fresh fruits, assortments of bagels, croissants, and pain aux chocolat were “au rendezvous”!
Cappuccinos were also served upon request.
The Library Hotel is a great choice for your next trip to New York City. It is centrally located to shopping on fifth avenue, dining, historical venues and even the metro and Grand Central Terminal. I really enjoyed the way they worked the “library” theme into every part of the hotel. Again, for being in the heart of New York City, and to have roof top lounge and a reading room with refreshments and pastries served all day, the Library Hotel is a must stop!