New York City Hotels



Library Hotel Manhattan

At a Glance


  • fun rooftop bar
  • playful book themes
  • stylish rooms


  • rooftop sometimes reserved for events
  • more books in rooms themselves would be nice

Fodorite Reviews

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Library Hotel Manhattan Review

Bookishly handsome, this stately landmark brownstone, built in 1900, is inspired by the nearby New York Public Library—each of its 10 floors is dedicated to one of the 10 categories of the Dewey Decimal System and is stocked with art and books relevant to a subtopic such as erotica, astronomy, or biography—let your interests guide your choice. The staff is hospitable, and the whole property is old-leather-armchair comfortable, whether you're unwinding in front of the library fireplace, partaking in the complimentary wine and cheese or continental breakfast, or relaxing in the roof garden. The hotel has no gym but offers complimentary passes to a nearby New York Sports Club.

2010 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winner

Literary types with sexy-librarian fantasies will be in heaven here. Rooms come stocked with rare books and enough amenities to keep you indoors, emerging only for complimentary wine and cheese in the evening. Brazen couples can request the "erotica" room, with its corresponding books. The Erotic and Cupid's Pink Romance packages will surely keep the fires stoked.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 299 Madison Ave., at E. 41st Street Midtown East, New York, NY 10017 | Map It
  • Phone: 212/983–4500; 212/983–4500
  • Website:
  • Subway: 4, 5, 6, 7, S to 42nd St./Grand Central.
  • Location: Midtown East

    Hotel Details

  • 52 rooms, 8 suites.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 02-20-2014

Fodorite Reviews

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    A gem in the heart of Manhatten

    Stayed here four nights in the "Love" room, darling room with a little balcony overlooking Madison Avenue. It rained one day, but we were able to use the little table and chairs for our (included and delicious) continental breakfast and late night cocktails. So romantic! The Library Hotel is convenient to everywhere, so yes, it's pricey, but consider what you are saving on cab fare if you like to walk the city. Consider what you are saving on breakfast, and when you throw in the wine and cheese at 5pm, free access to the New York Sports Club at 36th & Madison, the incredible personalized service - well, this is a great deal. The rooms are the size of the large hotel chains, with so many more amenities. We will stay here from now on whenever we are in New York.

    by judyzone, 8/4/13
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    Special Experience

    Celebrated my husband's 60th with a family reunion in his home town. The Library was ery welcoming, charming and comfortable. Location was fantastic; very near Bryant Park + the great shopping on Madison Ave and 5th Aves. Bathroom was wonderful, very large. Room was a tad small but we were rarely there, and even so it was comfortable and never felt cramped. Breakfast was really good, and we got together with the family in the late afternoon to make our evening plans. Other guests seemed mainly to be British tourists. We're going back next year for a few days and can't wait.

    by laurela, 8/3/09

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