library bed 500Shh! We all know there’s no talking allowed in the library, but when you stay at The Library Hotel in New York City, you’ll find there’s plenty worth shouting about. Inspired by its close proximity to the New York Public Library, this 60-room, boutique hotel, located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, pays tribute to the Dewey Decimal System through its library-inspired design concept.

Each of the 10 guestroom floors encompasses one of the 10 the renowned library system classifications. Likewise, each guestroom is adorned with a granite-topped bookshelf stocked with books from its floor’s respective category (for example: The Arts, Literature, Philosophy, Language).

The rooms are cozy in a curl-up-with-a-good-book-kind-of-way with comfortable beds and plenty of cushy pillows.


The bathroom is elegant with tile floors, an ample bath tub and good lighting. Corner rooms can easily be turned into suites via a connecting hallway. This is especially nice when parents and teens are traveling together to visit NYU, Columbia, Pace, Barnard or any of the other nearby colleges and universities. Rlibrary bathrmoom rates are lowest during January, February and July.

Complimentary amenities and services include:

– High-Speed Wireless Internet
– Continental breakfast buffet
– 24/7 Refreshments in the Reading Room
– Wine & cheese reception from 5pm-8pm
– Bottled water, turndown service
– Passes to full-service health club
– 3pm check-in time
– 1pm check-out time

Book lovers seeking a unique boutique hotel experience or anyone who enjoys an eclectic escape will find staying at The Library Hotel to be a novel experience.

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The Library Hotel | 299 Madison Avenue | New York, NY 10017 | Phone: 212.983.4500 |  

A portion of my stay was covered by The Library Hotel. Opinions are my own.

Z. Kelly Queijo is the college-visit traveling mom and founder of Smart College Visit, Inc. Her focus is on helping college-bound students, their parents, and universities with the college selection process, particularly the college visit. has been listed in the Top 100 education advice blogs and as one of the top 5 college visit sites.