Library Hotel – New York

Library Hotel


By the name alone, it is easy to guess that the Library Hotel is a literary-themed boutique hotel. Each of the ten floors where the guest rooms are located is devoted to one of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System: Social Sciences, Literature, Languages, History, Math & Science, General Knowledge, Technology, Philosophy, The Arts and Religion. Six rooms are found on each floor, which are dedicated to a subject matter within one of the larger categories.

Coffee, pastries and fruit are served 24 hours a day, and wine and cheese are available from 5pm to 8pm. Out of the total package, the service provided by Library Hotel is top tier, bar none. The hotel staff is classy, professional, prompt, friendly and pleasant – always at the ready to assist with anything a guest might need. The level of service is comparable, if not better, than usually found in other chain hotels.


Guests of the Library Hotel would be pleased to notice the attention that has been paid to every small detail that went into the décor. Each room is enhanced with a fine collection of art and books related to the unique subject matter within the category of the floor to which it belongs.

Room Types

Petite Room Single: approximately 200 square feet in size featuring an extra long single bed.

Petite Room Full: approximately 200 square feet in size featuring a double bed.

Deluxe Room Queen: approximately 250 square feet in size featuring a queen size bed.

Junior Suite King with Sofabed: approximately 350 square feet in size featuring a king size bed and a sofabed.

All rooms are furnished with today’s traveler in mind, providing modern conveniences that they should not go without: multiple phones, voicemail, high-speed internet access, complimentary cable TV including premium movie channels, DVD player with complimentary selection from the hotel’s DVD library of the American Film Institute’s Top 100 movies, iHome MP3 Dock / Alarm Clock Radio, in-room safe, in-room minibar, plush bathrobes and slippers, Thymes bath products, bottled spring water, Down Blankets, 100% Egyptian cotton linen, hair dryers and makeup/shaving mirrors. Also included in the room rates are complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, newspapers, complimentary passes to nearby NY Sports Club, complimentary coffee/tea, pastries and fruit 24/7, and complimentary wine and cheese reception in the Reading Room every evening.

Hotel Amenities

As part of the hotel’s commitment to exemplary service with a personal touch, guests can request for rooms based on their interests; however, keep in mind that these are subject to the room’s availability. Such rooms, for example, on the Literature floor are Poetry, The Classics or Erotic Literature; while the Math and Science floor feature rooms called Astronomy and Botany. Below are more perks to staying at the Library Hotel:

  • 24 hour computer stations with printer
  • Access to Reading Room 24 hours a day
  • Access to Poetry Garden and Writer’s Den unless a special event is in session
  • Room Service
  • Nearby discount parking
  • Concierge Service
  • Same day laundry/dry-cleaning (except on Sundays & holidays)
  • Limousine/sedan arrangements
  • Executive Inspiration Boardroom for 12 people


Madison & Vine Restaurant is located on the first floor of Library Hotel. It is an American Bistro and International Wine Bar which serves lunch and dinner. It is almost always chock-full of tourists and locals alike, a testament to the exquisite dining experience it offers. Madison & Vine also serves the hotel’s room service requests, so if you want to dine in the privacy of your own room, you can still be assured of delicious dishes to choose from.

Bookmarks Lounge is one of the city’s premium rooftop venues found in the 14th floor of the Library Hotel. What is the Poetry Garden and Writer’s Den during the daytime is completely transformed at night, offering an expansive wine, beer and champagne selection. The Bookmarks Lounge is also available for private events.

Such exclusive offers are available for the Library Hotel’s guests: complimentary breakfast buffet is served daily in the Reading Room on the second floor; coffee/tea, pastries and fruit are available 24/7 and complimentary wine and cheese reception every 5pm to 8pm in the Reading Room on the second floor.

Meetings and Events

The Library Hotel offers excellent event venues for corporate meetings or social functions:

Executive Inspiration Boardroom is a well-appointed 312 square foot venue featuring a boardroom table with comfortable padded chairs, oversized windows, polycom conference telephone, full-size presentation screen, television with VCR & DVD capabilities, writing pads, pens, flip charts, and data-ports with complimentary wireless & high-speed Internet access. This room can accommodate up to 12 people.

The Writer’s Den is a unique space which offers a glass-enclosed garden terrace that can accommodate 15-60 people, depending on the room setup. It features a mahogany-paneled sitting room with overstuffed chairs, leather couches, 42” flat paneled television with DVD & laptop capabilities and a gas burning fireplace.

Poetry Garden provides a relaxing atmosphere of a garden greenhouse completely furnished in wicker chairs and has a wraparound outdoor terrace which affords guests great views of the city. This space can accommodate 12-15 people.

Bookmarks Lounge featuring the Poetry Garden and The Writer’s Den is transformed into a rooftop bar at night and is also available for private evening functions.

Local Attractions

Located in Midtown Manhattan, the Library Hotel is perfectly situated on Madison Avenue and 41st Street. Staying at the Library Hotel means guests are just a stroll away from New York Public Library, Bryant Park, Pierpont Morgan Library and the gracefully renovated Grand Central Terminal. The Times Square Theater District is also just a few minutes away, making the Library Hotel the ideal place to stay for those who want to catch the action on Broadway.

Nearby attractions and museums include Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Museum of American Folk Art, The Morgan Library and Museum, Museum of Television and Radio, American Museum of Natural History and Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), to name a few.

The next time your travels take you to New York, whether it is for business or leisure, give the Library Hotel a try and discover that you can, after all, find time to relax in The City That Never Sleeps.

Library Hotel
299 Madison Avenue at 41st Street
New York, NY
Telephone: (212) 983-4500
Fax: (212) 499-9099

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