Saturday, August 22, 2015


By Eva Fydrych

Library Hotel
Unparalleled style in Midtown Manhattan

Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine (Click to enlarge)

"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of Library" - Jorge Luis Borges

NEW YORK - If you are looking for something a little different for your next stay in Manhattan, the Library Hotel may be just what you need. This luxury 4 star property is conveniently located on Madison Avenue, just a few blocks away from Grand Central Terminal, Bryant Park, and unlimited shopping on Fifth Avenue. 

Featuring a trendy rooftop terrace, an impressive collection of books, and lots of complimentary amenities (including super-fast Wi-Fi internet access), the Library Hotel is a perfect destination for both business and leisure traveler.

Fashion Studio Magazine spent one night at the hotel in the end of June 2015. We also visited Madison & Vine, the hotel’s American Bistro and International Wine Bar, and tried their exquisite dinner menu. Read about our experience below.

Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

Photo courtesy of Hotel Library

It is hard to decide what we liked most about the Library Hotel - everything from the friendly and unpretentious customer service to trendy room design was just great. We tried to narrow down the hotel's amenities to Top 5, but in fact the list of our favourite things should be much longer!

1. Unique Concept

1200.001 Eastern Religion room (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

The concept behind the Library Hotel is unique and inspiring. The hotel follows the Dewey Decimal System - there are 10 floors dedicated to one of the 10 major categories of the system: Social Sciences, Literature, Languages, History, Math & Science, General Knowledge, Technology, Philosophy, The Arts, and Religion.

Every room is decorated with carefully selected books and art pieces exploring a topic within the category it belongs to. The Library Hotel’s collection consists of over 6,000 books.

You can experience a different room theme every time you stay at the hotel... How exciting! 

Photo courtesy of Hotel Library

Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

As one of the most exciting travel destinations in the world, New York has so much to offer... For your next stay in the city, we recommend visiting Whitney's new building designed by architect Renzo Piano and checking out FIT's latest exhibition: Global Fashion Capitals (running until 14 November 2015).

And if you get tired of all the shopping and sightseeing, but you don't want to stay in your room, there is an interesting option to consider:

2. Cozy Rooftop Terrace

Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

An intimate rooftop bar and lounge is an excellent place to relax and unwind. You can enjoy Manhattan views from the hotel's fourteenth floor while sipping literary inspired cocktails.

Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

Talking about cocktails... Madison & Vine located on the ground floor serves also amazing food. After visiting the restaurant for dinner, we have to say that both their salmon and chicken are to die for.

3. Delicious Food

Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

"Madison & Vine, the hotel’s American bistro and international wine bar serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Casually elegant, it’s one of the neighbourhood’s most popular spots to enjoy a leisurely meal or an exquisite culinary experience." -

Complimentary continental breakfast buffet

Afternoon snacks (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Complimentary continental breakfast buffet served in the Reading Room and evening wine & cheese reception (including Prosecco, fine wines, imported and domestic cheeses, fresh bread, crackers, and crudités) are such a wonderful treat for the hotel guests!

4. Trendy Design

Stylish zebra print

From the ultra-trendy zebra print on the patio to modern & hip bathroom design - there is so much to like about the Library Hotel. Look out for the inspiring artwork displayed throughout the hotel!

"Turn the page and discover serenity while nestled in the elegantly innovative design of The Library Hotel. The warmth of rich mahogany paneling, thoughtful attention to detail and gracious old world hospitality transform a visit to this Library into a uniquely tranquil experience." -

Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

Complimentary toiletries

With many feminine touches in the bathroom such as a magnifying mirror and a bathroom stool that can be used while applying your makeup, there is not much you have to worry about...

For the full list of room amenities, please click here.

Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

Lobby (Photo courtesy of Hotel Library)

"Book lovers never go to bed alone..."

Astronomy Junior Suite (Photo courtesy of Hotel Library)

Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

And last but not least...

5. Excellent Location

View from room 1200.001

"The Library Hotel is centrally located in Midtown Manhattan, within walking distance to many of New York City's top attractions, and around the corner from all forms of public transportation." -

Located on fashionable Madison Avenue, just steps away from the famous Fifth Avenue, the hotel is in the middle of all the action. There are several shopping and dining options waiting just around the corner. 

Between 34th Street and 59th Street, Fifth Avenue is one of the premier shopping streets in the world, often compared to the Champs-Élysées in Paris, Oxford Street in London, and the Ginza district in Tokyo. Lined with high-end fashion boutiques and department stores, Fifth Avenue is your destination for shops like Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Armani Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Gucci, and more. 

You are within walking distance to major NYC attractions and close to several subway lines. It simply can't get any better than this!

Shopping on Madison Avenue (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Did You Know?

  • Library Hotel is a member of the Library Hotel Collection. To view other properties (including the recently opened Aria in Budapest), please click here.
  • Each of the ten guestroom floors of the hotel is dedicated to one of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System.
  • Complimentary refreshments and snacks offered throughout the day include: cappuccino, coffee and tea selection, cookies, and fresh fruit.
  • Evening wine and cheese reception is held daily from 5pm to 8pm. Highly recommended!
  • All guests can obtain free passes to NY Sports Club including a full range of cardio & strength training equipment and fitness classes.

Unique decor in the Reading Room (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)


The Library Hotel is located at 299 Madison Avenue at East 41st Street. The entrance is on 41st Street just East of Madison Avenue.

The hotel is steps away from the New York Public Library, 5th Avenue Shopping, Bryant Park, Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, Rockefeller Center and much more!

One block away guests have access to the B-D-F-V-M-4-5-6-7 Subway lines as well as the 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue bus lines.
Source: Library Hotel

Photo courtesy of Google Maps (Click to enlarge)

299 Madison Avenue
New York City 10017

+212 983 4500

*Special thank you to Library Hotel for hosting Fashion Studio Magazine in June 2015.

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