Experiencing The Library Hotel Collection in New York City

Experiencing The Library Hotel Collection in New York City

Researching where I’d stay in New York City, I realized something. NYC is filled with tiny, tasteless hotel rooms.

I was less and less impressed with each option as I scrolled through the page on Agoda.

Sure, it was a short trip and I could have easily just settled with some fifth floor walk-up with no windows. I’m all for the mentality of I can slum it up and sleep anywhere for a night or two. It’s all fine and great– unless you travel as much as I do, and “a night or two” becomes your daily existence.

It’s one thing when you’re out of the hotel room all day other than to sleep. It’s another when you’ve been on the road more than at home, and you need to stay in on occasion and get work done.

I need space where I can escape from the chaos of the city or hole up and work if I so choose to. So when I came across The Library Collection I was instantly intrigued.

The Library Hotel Collection is made up of four luxury, boutique hotels in New York City.

Whether you choose to stay at the Library Hotel, Hotel Giraffe, Hotel Elysee or Casablanca Hotel, none would disappointed any discerned traveler. I know, because I stayed at all of them; although it seems others agree as all four hotels are ranked within the top 10 on TripAdvisor.

I enjoyed the country French style of Hotel Elysee and the Casablanca Hotel wooed me with their Moroccan charm and excellent customer service (They immediately brought up a refrigerator up to my room when I asked if there was somewhere cool I could store my macarons, talk about service!), but my favorite of the four hotels, which I will focus on here, were Hotel Giraffe and their namesake Library Hotel.

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Hotel Giraffe

Situated between midtown and downtown Manhattan, Hotel Giraffe towers above the Flatiron district at 12-stories tall.

I must say, for my first night ever in NYC, I absolutely loved the location of this hotel. It was a block away from the subway, so easy to get to, and conveniently located near main tourist attractions as well. Walking home from the Empire State Building at 2am alone? No problem as it was just a few blocks away.

The hotel decor is centered around the adorable giraffe, and its rooms were specious and comfortable with modern furniture.

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I stayed in a suite with a plush king bed and separate living room, which left me plenty of space to spread out and get some work done (although the outlets in the room were a bit inconvenient). In the evening I even opened the double French doors to enjoy some fresh air on the balcony overlooking Park Avenue.

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Speaking of which, despite being on a very busy street, the room remained quiet all throughout the night for a perfect night’s sleep.

As with all the properties in the Library Hotel Collection, Hotel Giraffe offers a complimentary continental breakfast with fruits, cereals, and eggs– a rarity in NYC.

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They also feature a wonderful wine and cheese reception (that also included fruits, veggies, pastries, cookies and more) each evening. This was perfect for nights when I wasn’t too hungry and just wanted to snack or for when I had late dinner reservations and needed something to tide me over. Did I even need to buy food out elsewhere?

Oh, and in addition to that, they also have coffee/tea service and cookies out 24/7. Yum.

The Library Hotel

My inner nerd desperately longed to stay at the Library Hotel. Yes, it is indeed a hotel themed after a library, how cool is that?

Located steps away from the New York City Library, the literature theme at can be found throughout the hotel. All rooms are numbered and named based on the Dewey Decimal System with the correct books inside.

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My room, 1000.02 was based on almanacs, and inside those are exactly the kinds of books I found.

Which is cool and all, but I think I would’ve much preferred staying in one of their Asian book-themed rooms. Maybe next time I’ll get luckier.

The rooms at the Library Hotel were much smaller than at Hotel Giraffe, but they were still comfortable and provided full amenities.

From the throw pillows to the quotes on the chocolates, I loved all the subtle Library-theme touches

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Since I wasn’t too into reading almanacs, I was happy to know any books in the hotel can be borrowed and read. And boy, were there shelves of books everywhere.

I found myself gravitating to the second floor, where all the complimentary nibblies were served, and with a never-ending flow of tea, it became the perfect spot to get some work done when the weather outside was cold and rainy.

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As the weather cleared up later in the day, I made sure to take advantage of their rooftop bar Bookmarks, because I’m a sucker for any rooftop bars.

The bar itself was smaller than I thought it would be, or at least the outside part was but at least the cocktails were pretty good! I was a little disappointed by the views, as it wasn’t sprawling NYC like I had imagined, but it did give nice views just over Madison Ave. and of the New York Public Library.

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While the rates of the Library Hotel Collection might be well higher than hotels in your hometown, don’t let that put you off. It’s a steal for New York City and the value these luxurious properties provide is completely worth it.

From all their extra amenities to their complimentary food and snacks, a stay at any one of these properties can really help stretch your dollar and give you the stay you deserve.

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A huge thank you to the Library Hotel Collection! I took part in their Writers in Residence program during my stay, but as always, all opinions are my own.
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32 Comments

  1. July 3, 2015 / 10:42 am

    I haven’t been to New York in such a long time. This looks like a great place to stay though.

    • Beth Williams
      July 10, 2015 / 1:28 pm

      It was! This was my first time visiting New York and a wonderful experience.

  2. Ron Leyba
    July 1, 2015 / 1:37 am

    NYC hotels are quite different with each other. Great choice of hotel though. A fine place to stay at within the city.

    • Beth Williams
      July 10, 2015 / 2:34 pm

      These were all great choices.

  3. June 30, 2015 / 7:24 pm

    I am heading to NYC next month. I have never heard of this hotel but I will certainly check it out – thanks for sharing!

    • Beth Williams
      July 10, 2015 / 2:34 pm

      You should! Even if you have a place to stay already, pop by their roof top lounge and enjoy!

  4. June 30, 2015 / 6:56 pm

    I love NYC but it can be super pricey!! These hotels sound like fabulous places to stay that won’t break the bank, for NYC :)

    • Beth Williams
      July 10, 2015 / 2:33 pm

      It certainly can be! Luckily, these are all pretty fairly priced, especially for the locations!

  5. June 30, 2015 / 3:02 pm

    Oh my gosh I’m totally missing out. I’d love to check out both of those hotels. The Library Hotel sounds so relaxing.

    • Beth Williams
      July 10, 2015 / 2:33 pm

      It was incredibly relaxing! And the perfect place to get some work done.

  6. June 30, 2015 / 2:52 pm

    My husband is planning a trip to New York as we speak. This is great information. I’d love to stay at the Library Hotel.

    • Beth Williams
      July 10, 2015 / 2:32 pm

      I hope he has a great time! New York was an exciting city.

  7. Elizabeth O.
    June 30, 2015 / 10:05 am

    I’ve never been to NYC, but I will definitely consider this when I have the chance to visit. I love roof top bars, too!

    • Beth Williams
      July 10, 2015 / 2:32 pm

      Roof top bars are the best– especially if they have a view!

  8. June 30, 2015 / 9:53 am

    I’ve never been to New York or NYC, so thank you for sharing this… I do hope to visit NYC one day and I really wouldn’t know where to start to look for a place to stay that wouldn’t break the bank, but is nice and clean. :)

    • Beth Williams
      July 10, 2015 / 2:32 pm

      This was my first time and a great first impression!

  9. June 30, 2015 / 9:42 am

    I love NYC and that hotel looks like a winner! I’m going to have to check it out the next time I’m visiting!

    • Beth Williams
      July 10, 2015 / 2:31 pm

      You should! Let me know how you love it :)

  10. Rosey
    June 30, 2015 / 2:04 am

    I love to visit NYC. Our last trip was to Wall Street and our hotel was not oh so nice, I’m sorry to say. Next time I will research better.

    • Beth Williams
      July 10, 2015 / 2:30 pm

      Aw, sorry to hear that! You’ll have to look into one of these next time– can’t go wrong with any of them!

  11. Rosey
    June 30, 2015 / 2:03 am

    Complimentary nibbles do entice visitors. ;) I’m glad you had a nice time!

    • Beth Williams
      July 10, 2015 / 2:30 pm

      They certainly enticed me ;)

  12. June 30, 2015 / 12:31 am

    One blogger reviewed this hotel before, and she also had great experience…love all the details!

    • Beth Williams
      July 10, 2015 / 2:30 pm

      That’s awesome! Good to know they’re consistent in providing good experiences.

  13. June 29, 2015 / 9:40 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful place to stay. As an English teacher, I would be over the moon to stay at a hotel that is focused on a library theme. I wonder if Chicago has something similar…if so, I’ve got to stay there stat!

    • Beth Williams
      July 10, 2015 / 2:29 pm

      Pretty sure Chicago needs to get one asap!

  14. June 29, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    I have hotel envy! I’ve never stayed in a place as nice as this :) And a hotel library?? Very very cool.

    • Beth Williams
      July 10, 2015 / 2:29 pm

      It was such a unique theme! I could’ve stayed there all day.

  15. June 29, 2015 / 5:44 pm

    I’ve only been to NYC a couple of times but didn’t stay in a hotel nearly as nice as these. I’ll have to check them out next time I make a trip up there.

    • Beth Williams
      July 10, 2015 / 2:28 pm

      Definitely! Next time you should splurge a bit.

  16. Robin Masshole mommy
    June 29, 2015 / 12:10 pm

    The hotels in NYC definitely range from seedy to super nice. I’ve stayed at both kinds and they each made for an adventure.

    • Beth Williams
      July 10, 2015 / 2:28 pm

      Oh I’m sure! :)