Rooms with a (Bookish) View

All eyes are on New York City as Mercedes Benz Fashion Week takes over. Whether you have a front row seat or backstage access, eventually you will need a fashionable nap. Why not book a night at one of the city’s poshest hotels dedicated to the literary life.

The NoMad Hotel  

The Nomad Hotel

The Nomad Hotel

Minutes away from Central Park and the Meat Packing District, The Nomad Hotel, located in a Beaux Arts building, was conceptualized as a classic European hotel with New York panache. Each room offers the essence of a Parisian flat, so there is a residential feel to the Jacques Garcia-appointed décor. No proper European home is complete without a library, so the bar serves as a salon and respite for road-weary travelers. No ordinary shelf of books, the library was curated by Thatcher Wine of Juniper Books. (kind of a big deal). Feel transported to a more gentile way of living as you take residence in a luxurious leather club chair, book in hand, the faint clink of ice in rocks glasses providing the background melody. I’m not promising anything, but you could also experience a brush with royalty as Beyonce just hosted her 35th birthday party (see the pics) on premises (long live Queen Bey).

 

The Library Hotel

The Library Hotel

The Library Hotel

Literally a block from the New York Public Library, this boutique hotel is a book nerd’s dream. Known to house a library of more than 6,000 titles, the hotel floors and rooms are organized on the Dewey Decimal System. Hosting 10 floors of bookish chronology, each room’s library selection and décor is based on it’s theme. For example, The 8th floor is the Literature Floor; room 800.006 is Mystery, room 800.007 is Fairy Tales. The fashion-forward should definitely book a room on the Seventh Floor (The Arts), Fashion Design is room 700.006. If you have time to imbibe (physically or mentally), the dining room’s bookshelves offer a book break before you begin pounding the NY pavement.

The Algonquin Hotel

Algonquin Hotel

Algonquin Hotel 
You can’t visit NYC and not have a pilgrimage to  the famed home of the “Vicious Circle”. Located one block from Times Square, it’s a short 4 minute walk to Bryant Park (visit the ghosts of fashion week past) and Grand Central Station. Declared a National Literary Landmark, the hotel that once hosted great wits like Dorothy Parker and Alexander Woollcott still has literature in it’s DNA. The previous owner Frank Case kept the ‘poor’ writers sustained with a free lunch of celery and popovers and the generosity continues as guests receive a copy of The New Yorker magazine, a product of those popover-fueled lunches. Now a part of the autograph collection of Marriott International, you can increase your points and your travel cache.

Trump Soho

Trump Soho

Trump Soho

Trump Soho, located in the heart of the fashionable Soho District, Trump Soho is the sexier, hipper sister to the traditional Trump accommodations. Less ostentatious and gilded than anyone would expect of a Trump hotel, the leather headboards and hammered-copper sinks cater to a cooler customer that prefers craftsmanship to overt classism. Head to Café Mezz on the second floor and enjoy the company of Taschen coffee table books while watching the city go by from the wall of windows. The full-size fireplace only adds to the elan.

 

Hotel Elysee

Hotel Elysee

 Hotel Elysee
Part of the Library Hotel Collection,  Hotel Elysee is a sister to The Library Hotel. Company motto is “a Novel Approach to Hospitality”, which I find extremely cheeky. This boutique hotel is considered one of New York’s most romantic destinations. The Hotel Elysee hosts a menu of great travel packages such as the Bloomingdale package, the MoMA package or the Picnic in the Park package, offering you an incentive to enjoy the nearby attractions. After your day of shopping, museum viewing and Central Park, rest your weary feet and mind in the fully appointed library off the Club Room.

Which Hotel will you book for your next trip to the Big Apple?