I love hotels probably more than the average person. The amount of time I spend googling boutique hotels around the world is almost embarrassing. Often times, people say they don’t care where they stay since they’ll “hardly spend any time in the room” but I wholeheartedly disagree. If I’m traveling somewhere and having the time of my life, I want to end my day on a high note and come “home” to someplace comfortable. But beyond that, I want to stay in a place that is unique and represents the destination I’m visiting in some way.
Meet The Library Hotel Collection! This small, boutique hotel group has four properties throughout New York City and I was very fortunate to stay in two of them last month. This review will focus mainly on The Library Hotel, as I spent most of my time there. However, I’d highly recommend Hotel Giraffe as well, which is close by in Midtown. Both of these hotels, along with the Casablanca Hotel and Hotel Elysée (their other two properties) all include the most wonderful amenities. But more on that in a second…!
The Library Hotel is a literary-themed, boutique hotel that will make book lovers incredibly giddy. I would know, because that’s exactly how I felt upon entering.
The Library Hotel is located just one block from the beautiful New York Public Library. Are you even that surprised? It gets better though. It’s also just two blocks from Grand Central Station and less than a fifteen minute walk from Times Square and the Theatre District. I learned from the friendly concierge that the hotel is housed in a building from 1912. Rumor has it that Eleanor Roosevelt used to have an office here!
I’ll be honest, any hotel room with a pillow that says, “Book Lovers Never Go To Bed Alone” is automatically a winner for me. I promise I didn’t steal it, but I can’t say the thought never crossed my mind.
We stayed in a deluxe queen room which was the perfect size for two people. I’m hesitant about using the word cozy because I feel like people only use that word when they’re trying to positively describe a really small room. I promise that’s not what I’m doing! The spacious desk area was a plus for me and the giant mirror really made the room open up. The free water bottles were a nice touch and the bathroom was very sleek, modern and roomy.
Okay, here’s one more shot of that pillow….
The Library Hotel has a complimentary, three-hour wine and cheese reception EVERY evening from 5-8 PM. If that’s not what dreams are made of, I don’t know what is. Okay, I lied. This glorious reception isn’t just at The Library Hotel, but at all four of their NYC properties. So yes, I enjoyed all three hours at Hotel Giraffe as well. They even had a lovely woman playing piano for us!
The Library Hotel Collection has a pretty long list of complimentary amenities. Aside from the free wine and cheese, you can also enjoy continental breakfast, snacks and refreshments throughout the day, fast wifi, and passes to the New York City Sports Club. All complimentary! I’ll admit, we didn’t use the gym passes but it was nice to have the option 😉
Summer in New York City just wouldn’t be complete without sipping cocktails on a rooftop bar. Bookmarks Lounge is just for hotel guests to enjoy during the day but opens up to the public in the evenings. It’s stylish, yet comfortable, and serves the most delicious, LITERARY-THEMED, cocktails.
That’s right, even the cocktails are literary-themed! The Pulitzer is sweet and refreshing with gin, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, and agave nectar. But the award for the most cleverly named cocktail goes to Tequila Mockingbird.
I loved how there’s a covered section in case the weather doesn’t behave. Thankfully, we didn’t have that problem! I could’ve easily spent all night up there, but that three hour wine and cheese reception wore me out. Although, Bookmarks is quieter during the day and the perfect spot to hide away with a book.
I felt so spoiled at both The Library Hotel and Hotel Giraffe and would return in a heartbeat. You can read more about The Library Hotel Collection’s properties in NYC, Europe, and Canada here.
If you’re interested in staying at any of their hotels, use the code BONVOYAGELAUREN to receive 20% off their Best Flexible Rate. They generously offered that discount share with my readers and I am super excited about it!
What are some of your favorite hotel experiences? Would you stay at The Library Hotel? I’d love to know in the comments below!
*Note: I did receive two complimentary nights with The Library Hotel Collecton. However, opinions are entirely my own. I would only ever recommend something that I actually enjoyed and support!