Time Out Says
This bookish boutique hotel is organized on the principles of the Dewey decimal system—each of its ten floors is allocated a category, such as Literature, the Arts and General Knowledge, and each elegantly understated room contains a collection of books and artwork pertaining to a subject within that category. The popular Love room (interestingly, filed under Philosophy) has a king-size bed, an ivy-clad balcony overlooking the New York Public Library and reading matter ranging from Ovid’s The Art of Love to Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s The Art of Arousal (the veteran sexpert is honorary curator of the room’s book collection). Nightly receptions dish out wine and cheese, while upstairs in the rooftop bar, creative libations are inspired by Ernest Hemingway and Harper Lee. A massive DVD library is on hand to cater for those who can't face reading another word. Rooms: 60.
- 299 Madison Ave
- New York
- Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central; 7 to Fifth Ave
- $249–$599 double. AmEx, DC, MC, V