Library Hotel Fact Sheet

Published: February 27th, 2019

A Thought-Provoking Experience

Designed to feel more like a private club than a hotel, each of the Library’s elegantly appointed guestrooms have been individually adorned with a collection of art and books based on one distinctive topic. The topic of each guest room is based on the Dewey Decimal System, with floors dedicated to the ten major classifications of knowledge including The Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and Language. The Reading Room, Writers Den and Poetry Garden are common spaces in addition to the lobby where guests are invited to unwind from their urban adventures by enjoying the quiet exploration of over 6,000 books.

The Library Hotel concept is inspired by the Dewey Decimal Classification® system. Each of the 10 guestroom floors honor one of 10 categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification® system and each of the 60 rooms are uniquely adorned with a collection of books and art exploring a distinctive topic within the category it belongs to.

Located on Madison Avenue at East 41st Street in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Library Hotel is just steps away from the New York Public Library, Bryant Park and the exquisitely renovated Grand Central Terminal. The Library is perfectly situated for either business or pleasure, being close to major offices, attractions and restaurants including our own Madison & Vine Restaurant and Bookmarks lounge, while also being within walking distance to Fifth Avenue shopping, the Times Square theater district and Empire State Building.

Did you know?

—  Famous literary visitors include: David Baldacci, Nelson Demille, John Grisham, Amy Tan, Erica Jong, Dava Sobel and Diane Ackerman.

—  Neil Armstrong was a regular and honored guest who preferred the Biography Room, and of course the Astronomy Room.

—  Dr. Ruth Westheimer was the honorary curator of the Love Room (1100.006).

—  Vera Wang was the honorary curator of the Fashion Design Room (700.006).

—  The Hotel’s main entrance is located on 41st Street, known as “Library Way” and features 100 bronze plaques with famous literary quotes.

—  The Hotel occupies a neo‐gothic style “sliver building” built in 1912. The building is only 25 feet wide by 100 feet long.

—  Before the Library Hotel, 299 Madison Avenue once held the office of Theodore Roosevelt. After his presidency he served as Contributing Editor for The Outlook, a news and editorial magazine with offices in the building.

—  All of the Hotel’s 6,000+ books are hard cover (we just like the feel of them).

—  Strand Bookstore, one of the oldest running bookstores in Manhattan and home to over 2.5 million books helps the Library’s Honorary Librarian keep the Hotel’s shelves stocked.

—  Our Junior Suites have views up Madison Avenue, as far as Harlem, over 100 blocks.

—  Library Hotel featured on the Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown’s Great Hotels. She still regards the Library as a personal favorite.

—  The Hotel’s books are organized by the Dewey Decimal Classification®  (DDC), created by Melvil Dewey in 1876.

—  The Library Hotel was recognized as the #17 Best Hotel in the USA by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards 2019.

Dewey®, DDC® and Dewey Decimal Classification® are the proprietary trademarks of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. and are used with permission.

Amenities and Services

— Refreshments such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, flavored water and more available 24 hours in our Reading Room

— Fresh fruit, health bars, snacks and more available 24 hours in the Reading Room

—  In-room Bottled water

High‐Speed Wireless Internet

— Digital Access to The New York Times

— Access to Blink Fitness workout facility

— Luggage Storage

— Local and Toll-Free Calls

— Fax and Packaging Services

— Access to our collection of over 6,000 books

—  3pm check‐in time

—  1pm check‐out time

The innovative and much acclaimed Library Hotel Collection now has six properties, including four Manhattan properties: the book-lovers paradise, Library Hotel on 41st and Madison Avenue, the country French-Style Hotel Elysée on East 54th and Madison Avenue, the retro glamorous Hotel Giraffe on 26th and Park Avenue South, and the Moroccan-motif Casablanca Hotel on West 43rd Street, just off Broadway. The Library Hotel Collection’s other properties include Aria Hotel Budapest, which is designed to be the perfect duet of music and luxury and Hotel X Toronto, Toronto’s first downtown urban resort, located on the shores of Lake Ontario on the Exhibition Place grounds.

Due to its “Service is Marketing” philosophy, the Library Hotel Collection accomplished something remarkable that no other hotel group has achieved before, with all four New York City hotels continuously ranked in TripAdvisor among the top 10 hotels in New York City, this amongst some 440 listed hotel properties. At one time, the four hotels were ranked in all top four spots in New York City. All four hotels have been awarded Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Through the years, Library Hotel Collection properties have received some of the highest accolades from TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for guest experience, service, luxury, and romance. In 2017, Aria Hotel Budapest was named #1 Hotel in the World! Our hotels have also received high rankings and awards from FodorsUS News and World ReportTrustScore, the Global Review Index and many more.

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