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Library Hotel, Midtown East

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New York City, New York, United States, North America: The Writer's Den at the Library Hotel
299 Madison Avenue
Midtown East
New York City , New York
Tel: 877 793 7323 (toll-free)
Tel: 212 983 4500's insider take:

The concept sounds gimmicky—the 60 rooms are first categorized according to the Dewey Decimal system by subject (Literature, Arts, Math and Science, and History), then further individualized by subcategory (Astronomy, Asian History, Music, etc.). But it works. The handsome, home-like guestrooms, done up in dark woods with contrasting, cream-colored bedding, offer a diverting selection of books pertaining to their subject; not surprisingly, the "Erotic Literature" room is the most popular, but as the staff amusedly point out, "Fairy Tales" runs a close second. "Love," meanwhile, has a terrace. Apart from the good-looking rooms and appealing public spaces, including a rooftop bar and second-floor book-filled lounge, this hotel, located near Grand Central Terminal, wins points on generosity: Continental breakfast and nightly wine and cheese are free, as are WiFi, snacks during the day, and videos. In this town, that's a steal.

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