We have written before, in one of our older New York City guides, about the four hotels that make up the Library Hotel Collection. I’m going to be staying at two of these great hotels during Thanksgiving Week, while my daughter and two of her friends wave their little hands off atop one of the floats in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. More on that next month!
I wanted to briefly highlight one of these hotels today: the Library Hotel. In a few days I’ll discuss the Hotel Giraffe. I will have a lot more to say on them after we stay there. But I have word from friends and strangers alike that their stay in these hotels was top-notch, so we are very much looking forward to a fun time at each place.
The Library Hotel, at 299 Madison, draws its inspiration from the Dewey Decimal system. No kidding. The hotel’s 60 rooms are spread over ten floors, with each floor bearing a theme from Dewey’s grand plan: social sciences, literature, languages, math and sciences, and so on. Book lovers are sure to enjoy the hotel’s collection of 6,000 books (I will check to see if they have a collection of Open Road travel guides as part of their book-hoard). For you lovers of cacao, you’ll be treated to Belgian chocolates with the nightly turndown service.
The hotel boasts a reading room with 24-hour-a-day freebies featuring tea/coffee/capuccino/cookies, complimentary evening reception with wine, cheese, and the like, and complimentary continental breakfast. On the hotels’ 14th floor rooftop level, there is a bar and terrace garden. I’m looking forward to relaxing in this cozy spot, complete with fireplace, with a copy of my well-thumbed Wodehouse and a warming single malt!
I’ll leave you with this: if you pre-pay for a room, you get 20% off. That is a very good deal in these times. There are some other special offers too, like the “Snowy Streets Warm Sheets” package that sound perfect for the approaching winter weather.
Next post will be on the Hotel Giraffe, near Madison Square Park, setting the stage for our Thanksgiving week stay there. Stay tuned.