Booking a room takes on new meaning at this stylish hotel.
It's fitting that this unique hotel resides just blocks from the famed New York Public Library. The property is crammed with more than 6,000 books, all arranged using the Dewey Decimal System. Don't expect the smell of musty old tomes, though. This midtown lodging is chic and fresh. The rooms are designed based on book topics. Themes include: Slavic languages, erotic literature, world culture, Eastern religion, the paranormal, dinosaurs and money. Dr. Ruth acted as honorary curator for the Love Room (she chose the artwork and selected books), and Vera Wang weighed in on the Fashion Room. Some suites have bay windows that look down onto taxi-laden Madison Avenue. All accommodations come with plush bathrobes, DVDs and of course loads of reading material. The bathrooms have gorgeous arched ceilings. Turndown service comes with bottled water and Belgian chocolates, and a complimentary breakfast buffet awaits guests every morning. In the evenings, the hotel hosts a complimentary wine and cheese gathering in the second floor Reading Room --- friends of guests are even welcome. Not in the mood to read? The hotel also lends DVDs. Or you can grab a complimentary pass and go work out at the NY Sports Club. For those wanting to wine and dine, head up to the rooftop and enjoy the intimate indoor and outdoor lounge.