It’s been a little over a month since we returned from our big US and Canada trip. I’ve been meaning to write about it for a while, but October was extraordinary in the ways it sought to keep me busy – so it’s just now that I finally have the pictures ready to share. It was such a lovely fortnight and I’m really looking forward to sharing about it with you all here.
The first leg of our visit was to New York. I’ve been to the states several times but never to the Big Apple, so I was so excited to finally make it there. When selecting a hotel we were really spoiled for choice and were finding it hard to pin down a choice until Matthew came across a hotel perfect for a reader like me – The Library Hotel. Set just off Madison Avenue in the heart of Midtown, a block from the New York Public Library, it was a fantastic base for exploring the city. You really couldn’t be more in the thick of things – the UN was in session while we were there and the Obamas were at a hotel three blocks away!
The Library is a beautiful boutique luxury hotel, and we thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our stay. The hotel is gorgeously designed, the staff helpful and friendly, and the theme heavenly. Each room is designed to correlate with an aspect of the Dewey Decimal System used in libraries, and each floor follows a theme such as nature, biography, science or art. It’s a unique and diverting way to style rooms and means that you could stay here several times and enjoy a different experience on each visit should you so wish! Our junior suite was on the 9th floor and had a biography theme – the bookcases were filled with tomes on the great, the good and the infamous!
When you arrive you enter into the beautiful, inviting lobby. The staff on the reception are so friendly and were brilliant throughout our stay, advising on restaurants, printing theatre tickets, and generally being delightful. We were checked in swiftly and escorted up to our room. Being in the big city I was thinking our room might be a little small, but I was definitely wrong!
We had a lovely bathroom, a spacious closet, one of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept in and a wonderful little seating area too.
Throughout the room there were lovely details and masses of books (naturally).
Don’t you just love that Joan was next to the wine glasses?
A little bit of home in the heart of the city! Was pleased to see Her Majesty feature.
It was the most beautiful room and everything was of the highest standard – fluffy towels, comfy robes, lovely Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. Everything was appointed beautifully, and our view by day looked straight out towards the NYPL!
I also loved the turndown service, complete with a weather write up and literary themed chocolates.
Breakfast is included in the room rate and was a deluxe continental with a great selection of fruit, pastries, yogurt, cereals and bagels – I fell in love with the cinnamon raisin ones! In addition to breakfast you could also enjoy cheese and wine each evening in the Reading Room between 5 and 8pm – this was a lovely way to start many of our evening plans.
The Reading Room is always open too, with coffee and fruit and water on hand, which was great if you’d just come back from a big walk. Like London, New York’s a walking city.
Books, libraries and all things literary are everywhere in the design of the hotel. Even in the stairs (which are rarely used due to the availability of lifts) have murals of books and shelves in them!
On the top of the hotel is a popular rooftop bar called Bookmarks – we were out and about most nights but popped up one afternoon to explore and enjoy a drink.
All the drinks fit with the literary theme – Matthew went for The Scientist while I sipped on The Pulitzer.
It was so lovely to be up above the hustle and bustle of the city.
If you’re looking for a luxurious, beautiful place to stay, with friendly, knowledgeable staff and a warm welcome, I’d heartily recommend The Library. The location was perfect for our visit and we had the most wonderful stay.