Right near Manhattan's Public Library (hence its name), it's a quick walk to Times Square and close to most of the city's subway and railway lines.
Organized around the Dewey Decimal system, the American mode of organizing books by subject (like Literature, Math and Science and History), and then by subcategory (Astronomy, Erotic Literature, and Asian History, for example), each room comes with volumes of interesting books to leaf through and decor is made up of dark woods with plush cream bedding. It's very comfy and the subject matter of each keep them one of a kind.
Drawing rooms with plush leather sofas are great for reading a book or holding a business meeting and the rooftop garden is a little known city secret.
Eating and drinking
The hotel has just launched a new restaurant, Madison and Vine, which combines the feeling of a bistro and wine bar.
No gym or spa but the public areas, like the "Poetry Garden," and "Writer's Den" make up for their lack.
Very warm and friendly but professional staff. The kind you want at a boutique hotel but don't always get.
Who stays there
Business travelers, families and couples in town for a weekend of shopping and sightseeing. Lots of Europeans.
Pros & Cons
- Public spaces
- Complimentary amenities
- Lack of spa and gym