Library Hotel

299 Madison Avenue | New York, NY 10017 [See Map]
#10 in Best New York City Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Good Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 2672 reviews
Property Type Boutique hotel with 60 rooms, 10 floors
Primary View(s) City center
Style Traditional
Best For Business travelers, Couples

U.S. News Review

This charming boutique midtown Manhattan hotel receives high praise from recent guests for its accommodating staff, fanciful decor and unique theme — the 10 major classifications of the Dewey Decimal System. Each of the hotel's 10 floors tastefully exhibits one of these categories from literature to technology to philosophy. The cozy accommodations also come with classic amenities, like iHome alarm clocks, Gilchrist & Soames bath products, plush robes and slippers (not to mention iconic Manhattan skyline views, in some suites). Additional amenities include complimentary breakfast, cheese and wine each evening, and free wireless Internet access — all much-appreciated perks according to previous visitors. Although some travelers describe the accommodations as slightly compact, even by New York standards, most cite a very pleasant stay overall thanks to the hotel's inviting atmosphere and prime location.

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Critic Reviews

New York Magazine

“The literary theme continues in the rooms, named according to the Dewey Decimal Classification, with headings like Languages, Math and Science or Literature. Inside are books to match, and the photographs above the headboards reflect the category, too: famous people in the Biography Rooms, ancient Greeks in Philosophy. The décor is your standard modern beige-and-sage, though the polished granite desks stand out.”


“Bookishly handsome, this stately landmark brownstone, built in 1900, is inspired by the nearby New York Public Library — each of its 10 floors is dedicated to one of the 10 categories of the Dewey Decimal System and is stocked with art and books relevant to a subtopic such as erotica, astronomy, or biography — let your interests guide your choice."”
Award: Fodor's Choice


“A homey, 60-room, literary-themed boutique, the Library Hotel is located down the block from New York's famous Public Library, and among Midtown East's corporate skyscrapers. It's one of New York's best values, mostly because of the perks: an upscale bistro on the ground floor, a lively bar on the penthouse floor, free Wi-Fi, free gym passes, and free daily pastries, wine, and cheese.”

Travel + Leisure

“The covered rooftop — a popular happy-hour spot — has bars for all seasons: the Poetry Garden, with orchids, wicker chairs, and a greenhouse roof; and the Writer's Den, a cozy space with chocolate-colored sofas and a fireplace.”

Condé Nast Traveler

“This 10-storey mansion-style hotel, named after the nearby New York Public Library, is themed around books. Go to the 7th floor to read up on fashion, design and architecture or the 8th for poetry and literature.”

Other Awards:
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Frommer's Highly Recommended
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Rooms

Each of the 10 floors at the Library Hotel boasts a theme in accordance with the Dewey Decimal System and the rooms feature corresponding books and artwork. For example, the Love Room features erotic art and books chosen by Dr. Ruth Westheimer and also has the hotel's only private terrace. All rooms include a wide array of complimentary amenities, including Wi-Fi, robes and slippers, an iHome radio and minibar. And all guests are granted access to more than 6,000 books, a variety of daily newspapers and magazines, and a DVD collection, and can partake in the daily breakfast buffet in the Reading Room. Petite Rooms are located near the elevators and can be noisy.

  • Complimentary evening reception with Prosecco, fine wines, imported and domestic cheeses, fresh bread, crackers and crudités
  • Evening turndown service with bottled water and Belgian chocolates

Standard room size:

200 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 2672 guests have reviewed the Library Hotel, giving it a rating of 5.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 5.0 (based on 2672 reviews)

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  • Internet Access
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms

Location & Parking

Located just steps from its inspiration, the main branch of the New York Public Library, the Library Hotel is within walking distance of midtown Manhattan shops, restaurants, theaters and attractions. The Beaux Arts NYPL, guarded by two stone lions named Patience and Fortitude, has a lovely gift shop and often hosts free exhibits. On the other side of the library, Bryant Park features ice skating during the winter, a snack bar and a variety of festivals and events through the year.

  • One block from multiple subway lines at Grand Central
  • Walking distance to Bryant Park, Times Square and the Theater District
  • Discounted parking at ICON Parking Garage on 39th Street between Park and Madison
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping


Madison & Vine, the Library Hotel's American bistro and wine bar serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. There are also several restaurants within walking distance, including the food court and market at Grand Central Terminal. In the evening, the Writer's Den and Poetry Garden and terrace become the hotel's rooftop bar, Bookmarks Lounge.

  • Complimentary evening wine and cheese in the Reading Room
  • Complimentary buffet breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. on weekdays, and until 11 a.m. on weekends in the Reading Room
  • Room service 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast





There's no on-site fitness center, but guests receive complimentary access to all New York Sports Clubs in Manhattan.

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The Library Hotel offers unique indoor and outdoor meeting space including an Executive Inspiration Boardroom, the Writer's Den and Poetry Garden. The Boardroom, located on the 15th floor, features 12 executive chairs as well as audiovisual and communications equipment. The Poetry Garden is a charming garden greenhouse room with wicker furnishings and a beautiful wraparound outdoor terrace with spectacular views of the Public Library. The clubby Writer's Den features mahogany paneling, leather couches and overstuffed chairs, as well as a gas fireplace.

  • 24-hour business center
  • Can accommodate up to 60 guests with adjoining terrace space
  • Excellent location for access to midtown businesses and the Garment District

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available




Although the Library Hotel does not have a ballroom or banquet space, the rooftop terrace is a popular venue for small weddings and intimate receptions, weather permitting.

  • Maximum 60 guests reception style
  • Event planning services and catering offered

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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Library Hotel

299 Madison Avenue | New York, NY 10017 [See Full Map]