For aspiring authors and would-be poets, New York ’s Library Hotel is the place to stay. As the name suggests, it is the perfect refuge for bibliophiles worldwide. Tucked away in a classic early-twentieth-century brownstone just around the corner from Grand Central Station, this classy and cultured boutique hotel mixes a love of all things bookish with a passion for contemporary design. The library theme is no gimmick, however: Each of the ten floors is dedicated to one of the ten major categories of the Dewey decimal system, and each of the sixty rooms is appointed with books and art that explore a topic within their floor category. The Library contains more than 6,000 carefully selected volumes—and if that is not enough, the New York Public Library and the Pierpont Morgan Library are a short stroll away.
Guests can request a room based on their personal interests, ranging from poetry and the classics to fairy tales and erotic literature. Although small, the rooms are comfortable, stylish, and come fully equipped. The three public lounges have the feel of a private members club, and there is also the Writers Den—a mahogany-paneled room with open fireplace—and the Poetry Garden, a lovely greenhouse. And when you have had enough of using your head, you will find New York literally at your feet.