Hotel Review: NYC’s Library Hotel Collection

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When it comes to planning a trip to the Big Apple, it can be a daunting task trying to decide when, where, and how to book a hotel.

With so many options to choose from, selecting a hotel with a convenient location that also offers all of the essential home-away-from-home amenities can sometimes seem near impossible.

For readers who prefer to swap out the option of a national hotel chain for a more personalized experience, I would like to introduce you to one one of East Coast Contessa’s newest partners: the Library Hotel Collection.

I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a weekend ‘staycation’ at two of Library Hotel’s most popular Manhattan boutiques. What’s most unique about the Library Hotel Collection’s properties is that each one of their hotels has a different theme accompanied by exquisite interior designs. They currently have four properties located in Manhattan, one in Budapest, Hungary, one in Prague, Czech Republic, and a new one in Toronto which will premier in 2017.

My first stop was the flagship Library Hotel. As one might have guessed, the hotel’s theme is books (quite fitting given that the hotel is located just steps away from the famous New York Public Library). With an endless amount of books to choose from – all from New York City’s historic Strand Book Store – at any given moment, Library Hotel is a book lover’s dream, indeed!

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Enchantment can be found on every floor – and in every individual room – with its own theme. I stayed on the top floor, coined the “Religion” floor and was assigned the “African Religions” themed room. Giant body pillows line each of the beds that read “Book Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone.” How cute is that?

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Once I was settled into my room, I decided I could use a drink, and lucky for me, I didn’t need to go far to get one!

One of the most appealing amenities of all of the Library Hotel Collection properties, is that they offer a complimentary wine and cheese reception for guests from 5-8 pm EST every night.

That’s right. Every. Night.

I hurried down to the second floor to take part in the festivities and it was even better than what was expected. They offered a beautiful buffet of endless of amounts of wine, cheese, crackers, cookies, veggies and more! Check out part of the beautiful display below:

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Feeling tipsy off some delicious wine, I decided to check out the Library Hotel’s rooftop garden bar, Bookmarks. I was greeted by the most friendly Bartender, Omette Matte, who graciously hooked me up with his refreshing “Lost In Paradise” frozen cocktail. I can’t stress enough how instantly relaxed I felt once we stepped onto the most charming rooftop in NYC with the most perfect drink in hand.

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After a few more drinks, I decided to turn in for the night and snuggle into my comfortable and clean bed. The next morning, I woke up feeling well-rested and ready to start my day full of adventures!

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When I could finally talk myself into getting out of my warm bed and plush robe (the struggle was real!), I went downstairs to feast on the hotel’s complimentary continental breakfast.

There is no exaggeration when we say that this was one of the best continental breakfasts I’ve ever had. With options of cereal, hot coffee and cappuccino, fresh-squeezed juice, baked chocolate croissants and bagels, an oatmeal bar, and assorted fruit, there was no shortage of choices.

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To end my stay at the Library Hotel, I grabbed a cup of coffee, picked out a good book (that I got to keep as a fond reminder of my visit), and made my way to the rooftop to further enjoy more breathtaking views of the NY Public Library until check out at 1 pm.

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While sad to leave, I was excited to see what their sister property had in store. To book an upcoming stay and to view room rates and availability at the Library Hotel, click here.

Check out our review on Hotel Elysee, a French inspired inn and another of the Library Hotel Collection’s charming properties.

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18 Comments
  1. Ashley (@hiashleylamar) says

    This looks so amazing. I’d love to stay in a library hotel! I don’t have any plans to get to NYC soon but this looks like a great place to stay.

    1. Karen Hopkins says

      Hi Ashley! We hope you do get to come to NYC sometime in the near future. Let us know if you’re ever in town and we can give some great tips! I’m glad you enjoyed our review 🙂

  2. Erin says

    I’m planning a trip to NY in November, so I’m pinning for future reference. Thanks for sharing! It looks like a beautiful place.
    xoxo, erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

  3. Jaye Shields says

    This hotel is right up my alley. Love the theme!

  4. kage2015 says

    This Library Hotel is just way to cool.

  5. ree says

    wow this looks and sounds amazing!! your pics are great! Ree love30

  6. l1884adet says

    The pictures are stunninThe pictures are stunning, looks like a very nice hotel.g, looks like a very nice hotel.

  7. Joan says

    This hotel is now on my list next time I am in NYC!

  8. Kelly says

    You had me at wine and cheese reception. I really want to go to this hotel now! It looks so good.

    Kelly Knows It | A life and style blog

  9. laveenasengar says

    Yits true that finding a hotel with all essential amenities is very difficult. Love this place. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  10. Leah Beauty (@LeahBeauty_za) says

    Never heard of an Library Hotel and just by the pictures it looks amazing. The muffins looks so tempting….

  11. Leslie says

    I want to go! What an awesome place to stay. I love places that give unique experiences. Yum, the wine, cheese, & crackers look tasty. Oh the books, i wouldnt be able to leave the room, hah. I love the body pillow!

  12. Hey Sharonoox says

    That’s so cool! Sounds like a very nice hotel to stay when in NYC.

  13. Gayle Kamienik says

    One of my favorite NYC hotels! Great central location for sightseeing and a cozy retreat after a busy day enjoying the city!

  14. Rachel Gault (@rachelgault) says

    I’m hoping to stay here during my next NYC trip! I stayed at their properties in Budapest and Prague last year and loved them!

    1. Karen Hopkins says

      We are going there in April and hopefully staying at Aria in Budapest and Prague!!! Great hotel group!

  15. […] Hotel Elysee is the perfect hotel for couples looking for a romantic getaway, singles looking for a relaxing oasis, or a group of friends looking for an adventurous trip to the Big Apple. As the holiday season approaches, interested individuals can book their upcoming stay now by clicking here.  Explorers can also check out our review on their sister hotel, Hotel Library. […]

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