I don't know about you guys, but for me a comfy bed is a must after a long international flight.

Which is why I was so glad that when Amanda, Jessica and I landed in New York, we had a bed at The Library Hotel waiting for us.

I had read about The Library Hotel a while back on Young Adventuress, and flagged it for a later stay in NYC. As an avid reader, I loved the idea of a hotel made for bookworms.

The Library Hotel is quite literally a library- each floor represents one of the ten categories of the Dewey Decimal System, and each room represents a different subsect of that category. Just look at the lobby!

Library Hotel NYC

We stayed on the Math and Science floor in the Astronomy suite. Astronomy was present in every detail of the room: from the tiny statue of Galileo to the shelves full of books about journeys into space.

Library_Hotel_NYC

Astronomy aside, the room was absolutely dreamy- a spacious corner suite with a huge bathroom and softest bed ever.

Library_Hotel_NYC_Astronomy_Room

Another perk at the Library Hotel is you can rent DVDs for free. So when we checked in we grabbed Lawrence of Arabia and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, inspired of course by our trip to Jordan.

Despite our best intentions, we could barely get through ten minutes of Indiana Jones before falling fast asleep.

When we finally awoke, we enjoyed a complimentary breakfast of pain au chocolat and lattes- a welcomed change from the hummus and labneh we'd eaten every morning in Jordan.

Lattes in had, we went upstairs to the rooftop to enjoy early morning in NYC and snap some photos.

Courtesy of Curiosity Travels

Courtesy of Curiosity Travels

Next, we headed to nearby Ess-a-Bagel for bagels. I go to Ess-a-Bagel every time I'm in New York because it's SO. GOOD. We waited in line for 45 minutes (no joke), and by the time I received my bagel my hands were shaking.

But the wait was well worth it- I loved my a toasted everything bagel with cream cheese, onions, capers, cucumbers and piles of smoked salmon. Bliss.

Essabagel

Bellies full, we then walked over to Grand Central Station, where I attempted (and failed) to make a time-lapse video. Mainly we just stared up at the gilded ceiling.

Grand_Central_Ceiling

Then it was time to say goodbye to my favorite travel buddies- so sad! They headed off to Brooklyn but I returned to my king-sized bed at the Library Hotel before flying back to Denver.

Although our stay in NYC was short it was also wonderful. And you can guess which boutique hotel I'll be staying at upon my return.

Are you a bookworm too? Would you like to stay at the Library Hotel?

I received a complimentary stay at the Library Hotel as part of their Writers-in-Residence program. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Uganda. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Colorado. She's been to forty countries but somehow still gets lost in her home town. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour magazine.
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