Library Hotel, New York City, New York $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
The concept sounds gimmickythe 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.