The Library Hotel
THE JOURNEY + THE WELCOME
In L.A I survive on a diet of almond lattes and uber rides. Not so in NYC. It’s pizza, bagels and the subway baby! I’m that girl on the subway with the 25kg suitcase. There are no elevators at the stations so I literally schlep, my bag up and down the never ending flights of stairs. Very comical to watch I’m sure! Taking the subway from Bushwick to Midtown with a hefty bag of belongings is a journey that certainly deserves a reward, and arriving at The Library Hotel was definitely a fitting one!
Built in 1912, the gorgeous new-gothic styled building screams history! A charming concierge named Edward opened the door with a smile to take my bags, welcome me to the Library Hotel and get me in from the April chill.
The hotel is made up of 60 rooms over 10 floors. Conceptually it centers it’s aesthetic and systems around books, libraries and story telling.
Each floor of the Library Hotel is dedicated to one of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System. Then each room on that floor is given a sub-category. I stayed in suite 7006… the floor was 'The Arts' category, and my room was the Fashion suite. Oooooo la la!!!! This room is frequented by the one and only Vera Wang! That’s right. I’ve dreamt where Vera’s dreamt.
THE FASHION SUITE
Being the fashion suite all the books and artworks followed this theme. Books and artworks dedicated to fashion through the ages, influential designers, rock n roll fashion of the 80s, fashion photography, you name it. It was there! I popped the cozy robe on, picked out a few books that caught my eye, hopped into bed and just read. I could have stayed there all night. BUT the hotel offers guests complimentary wine and cheese in the library room every evening from 5-8…my one weakness come to rouse me from bed. I love you wine and cheese…
THE LIBRARY ROOM
The library room is a communal space available to guests 24/7 with tea, coffee, snacks and of course a library at your disposal. Sit with a book and a cuppa looking over magnificent views of Madison Avenue and Library Way.
I walked into the library and was immediately struck with a sense of calm. There were three people in the room. By a window; an elderly woman with blond wispy hair, wearing a midnight blue velvet jacket, drawing in a notebook. Behind her; a young lady, hair tied back in a messy bun, wearing a cozy jumper, nursing glass of prosecco while she browsed a coffee table book she picked up off the shelf. Another woman tucked in the back of the room at a dimly lit table next to the grand piano. Wine, cheese, her diary and shopping bags. I perched at a table with a prosecco and cheese plate and settled in for the night. All of us enjoying our own company. I can’t remember the last time I sat in for an evening with a book. It was remarkable to feel such calm when literally two stories down, the hustle and bustle of midtown New York City.
After a few hours, Edward (the first Library Hotel employee I met) came to see how I was enjoying my stay. He topped up my prosecco (key to my heart!) and we chatted photography. A shared passion. We said our goodbyes and I went up to my room to enjoy a peaceful night’s rest.
The next morning, I came down to the library room for breakie. A beautiful morning in a library come dining room reading the New York Times, munching on a bagel, sipping a black coffee above the busy NYC streets. Doesn't get much more New York than that!
What a beautiful experience. Thank you to The Library hotel and the gorgeous people who not only make that machine run like clockwork but also give a little bit of their heart and soul to the place and their guests. Click here to visit The Library Hotel website and browse the array of fabulously themed rooms.
Peace + Love