my book-obsessed husband sent me a link to this hotel in new york - the library hotel in new york city. it's just around the corner from the grand old new york public library in midtown, so you can conveniently pop by and say hi to patience and fortitude during your trip. here's the drill: each of the 10 floors is organized by the dewey decimal system, and each room is filled with a collection of books on a selected topic - e.g. the classics, astronomy, erotic literature, new media, and so on. so you can request a room that pertains to your interests and read away. they also have a media library from which you can borrow any of the AFI's top 100 films, albeit on video. i love that! the decor is - books aside - that of a typical conservatively-dressed boutique hotel - tasteful and modern. the writer's den serves drinks, the reading room serves coffee and pastries 24 hours, and the poetry garden is a lovely rooftop conservatory. rates in the $400/night range... to be expected in NYC, i suppose. anyhoo, much better execution than this place... sheesh.
i love the card catalog detail behind the reception desk in the lobby. i wonder what their printed matter looks like... i hope there is some stamping of dates involved in the check-in process!