The Library Hotel: A Novel Experience for Business Travelers

By Z. Kelly Queijo

What has more than 10 floors, 60 rooms and over 6,000 books?

The Library HotelYou may be thinking the answer is a “library”
but you’d be only half right. The correct and complete answer is the The
Library Hotel
, a concept hotel inspired by the Dewey Decimal Classification system.

in the heart of Midtown Manhattan on Madison Avenue in New York City, each of the hotel’s 10
guest room floors pays tribute to each of the 10 categories of the infamous
library system of classification.  For
instance, a room may be on the Social Sciences floor or on the floor
named for Arts & Recreation.

Regardless of the floor you choose, you’ll
find your room to be cozy, comfortable, and a truly “novel” experience.  From the uber-comfortable beds to the granite-topped
bookshelves lined with volumes of books, you’ll find it easy
to kick back and relax after a day of business in the City.

If you
need a little time to unwind before turning in, you can enjoy complimentary
wine and cheese from 5pm – 8pm in the Reading Room, located on the second floor, as well as lovely views of Madison Avenue and Library Way (the hotel is located
across the street from the NYC Public Library).

The Library Hotel

  • 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

What I
liked about my stay at The Library Hotel was, well, everything. The hotel staff
was friendly and accommodating. The food was exquisite (cocktails and sliders on
the 14th floor in the Bookmarks Lounge were delightful!). The rooms
were lovely, comfortable, and suitable for working with my laptop via Wifi.

Additional niceties
such as complimentary bottles of water and Belgian chocolate by the bed at
night made me feel welcome throughout my stay. Room
rates start at around $240 and go higher depending upon room selection and on
time of year.

Library Hotel is located at 299 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10017 (see map).

A portion of my stay was covered by The Library Hotel; reviews and opinions are
my own. 

Z. Kelly Queijo is the founder of Smart College Visit, Inc., a Blacksburg, Virginia-based higher-ed marketing company focused on mobile app and mobile web development with a special interest in creating travel and location-based tools and services. is a college search and college visit planning portal.

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