Because it’s December, we went in search of things that make it “the most wonderful time of the year”. It’s usually a month full of Christmas, year-end sprints at work, parties, delays, and lots of snow. But what exactly are Aria Hotel Budapest’s guests, staff and fans sharing on Instagram? Here’s a selection.
Liz Cleland is the Chief Executive Officer and owner of Western New Yorker. She uses this website to express herself and have readers take a look into her lifestyle as she aims to encourage others to enjoy life and family. On her small trip to New York City with her lovely family, they stayed at the Library Hotel. In her article, Weekend in NYC, Liz shares her wonderful experience with us. For today’s #TravelTuesday, join our conversation with Liz about her recent stay.
Library Hotel Collection: Tell us about yourself, how did your passion for travel and hotels begin?
Liz Cleland: I became a writer while I was teaching finance classes and people were interested in hearing about my life. My love of travel and hotels filters into my work as I explore the world via my trips!
LHC: How often do you travel and how long have you been an active travel influencer?
LC: I travel several times a month for both recreation and for my work. I have been doing this for around 5 years in total!
LHC: How did you hear about our hotels and why did you choose to stay with us?
LC: A friend of mine recommended a stay because she also enjoys love of books and reading. It was also centrally located near work and Bryant Park which I wanted to take my son to on that particular trip!
LHC: From your experience in our hotels, what makes the experience with us unique?
LC: While I feel the love of reading is unique, your hotels capture the love of it with sophistication and luxury. The Library hotel offers so many delicacies that sets you far above the competition. A few to mention: the food and drink club room, chocolate turn down with wonderful quotes, and books! So many wonderful books!
LHC: What will you remember most about your stay?
LC: We LOVED the bath tub! I love the vintage inspired modern claw tub. It was perfect for relaxing and unwinding after walking in the city all day.
LHC: Was there anything in our city that surprised you?
LC: New York has always been known for fast-paced and almost stuffy attitudes but the hotel staff presented the exact opposite of that. The entire team was gracious, helpful, and truly loved what they were doing. This created a wonderful experience for my family.
LHC: Did you experience any favorite restaurants during your stay?
LC: My favorite restaurant this time around was a place called Bread & Tulips. It was a very upscale place that truly captured the New York City lifestyle! One must try the appetizers!
LHC: Why did you choose to visit our city?
LC: This trip was both for work and recreation!
LHC: Was there anything you recommend as a nearby “must see” for our guests?
LC: Explore Park Avenue and also Broadway Avenue.
LHC: What would you recommend someone do to prepare for a trip to our city?
LC: Pack light. The city has a lot of traffic and walking. Also bring warm clothing, New York runs on the cold side!
LHC: What would you recommend to travelers that they must pack for a trip to our city?
LC: Purchase a laminated city map to help you get around.
LHC: What’s next on your Travel Bucket List?
LC: Personally, I would love to travel internationally!
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There is something so exciting about a wedding in New York City! Whether it is spring, summer, autumn, or winter, at Library Hotel, you will find the perfect setting for your elopement, ceremony, or reception. If you are a bride/groom in search for your intimate wedding venue, your search may be over!
Located on the 14th Floor, the Writer’s Den and Poetry Garden, make the perfect setting for daytime celebrations with close friends and family.
The Poetry Garden, with access to our beautiful outdoor wraparound terrace (720 sq. ft total), is the ideal indoor space that still has an outdoor feel. When weather permits, you can enjoy the vibes of New York City on our terrace, with background views of the iconic New York Public Library.
- Poetry Garden (indoors): 25 people seated, 30 standing
- Poetry Garden (outdoor terrace): 45 people seated, up to 50 standing
- Writer’s Den (indoors): 30 people seated, up to 40 standing **recommended for groups only holding a ceremony**
The Writer’s Den, along with its adjacent glass enclosed terrace (660 sq ft. total), is a bright and airy room. This unique space can be used year long as-is (living room style) or banquet style making it an ideal spot for your wedding reception!
- Writer’s Den: 25 people seated banquet style
- Poetry Garden (indoors): 12 people seated banquet style
- Keeping the entire 14th floor event space as-is (no tables): 50 people
Our entire event space transforms into Bookmarks Lounge in the evenings; therefore, all ceremony/reception must conclude by 4:00PM. This lounge is open to the public and is managed by a separate company, Hospitality Holdings. It may be possible to extend (or begin) your celebrations past 4:00PM; however, this at the discretion of Hospitality Holdings. For more information about hosting an evening event, please call 212-980-9476 or e-mail at Info@HospitalityHoldings.com.
Food & Beverage
At Library Hotel there is no catering minimum; however, we do not allow outside food or beverage, with the exception of desserts – bring on the sweets! Meals are pre-selected and they are served buffet style. Unfortunately, no ala carte options are available. View our events menus and hors d’oeuvres selections with per person pricing. Some dessert options are included but specialty cakes or cupcakes are not – you are more than welcome to bring in your own!
Decorations & Enhancements
There are always fresh floral arrangements, our signature magenta orchids, decorating our rooftop. They can be incorporated into your wedding, free of charge. If you prefer additional flowers, you are able to bring in your own… need help with vendor recommendations? Our Events Coordinator, Joel Trevino, has put together his personal favorites:
LINEN & ENHANCEMENTS
Studio D NYC
Rev. Annie Lawrence
HAIR & MAKEUP
Library Hotel is pleased to partner with NOMI Beauty, the premier in-room hair and make-up service provider! NOMI Beauty specializes in weddings, groups, and special events.
Speakers are scattered throughout our entire event space. We are able to hook up most personal music devices. As long as you provide a detailed playlist, we can play anything you would like! We do not permit DJs or bands; soloists or small ensembles will definitely be considered. Since our event space is very intimate, microphones are usually not needed.
Below are Library Hotel’s event guidelines for your review:
- There is no catering minimum
- Outside food & beverage is not permitted, except for desserts
- The Poetry Garden terrace is not covered so it may not be accessible during inclement weather
- Maximum capacity is 50 people
Visit our online photo gallery and virtual tour to see more. Please feel welcome to contact our Events Coordinator, Joel Trevino, if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment to see the space. He may be reached by phone at 212-204-5408 or by e-mail Joel@LibraryHotel.com. We look forward to the pleasure of planning your Library Hotel wedding!
Sample local delights in the Castle District, stroll through the historic city center and admire the finest examples of Neo-Renaissance architecture: Budapest offers the perfect combination of a city trip and a culinary holiday. Have a lovely time in Budapest!
“ You will always find high quality, fascinating, valuable programs designed for all ages”
Art, culture and culinary delights drenched in a delicious Hungarian flavor: Budapest has it all. Whenever your travels take you to Budapest, you will always find high quality, fascinating, and valuable programs designed for all ages at the city’s many arts festivals. A few favorites are the Budapest Spring Festival, the Budapest Summer Festival, the Cafe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival held in the autumn and the Winter Festival.
See Budapest Festivals for details.
Celts first town and Roman open-air theaters
Celtics, Romans, Magyars and Ottomans: over the centuries Budapest has been populated by many different cultures and civilizations. The city’s rich history dates back to first century BC. From Celts first town to a Roman open-air theaters, Budapest is a melting pot of architectural styles. Climb up the Gellért Hill, and visit the Citadella. This former fortress provides a perfect panorama of the city below.
City of Art
Budapest is the cultural heart of Hungary. The so-called ‘Pearl of the Danube’ features several buildings and museums. Dominating the junction of the Nagykörút and Üllői út, the Museum of Applied Arts is one of the finest examples of Secessionist architecture in Budapest.
Address: 1091 Budapest, Üllői str. 33-37.
Open hours: Monday – closed; Tuesday-Sunday – 10:00-18:00
Visit http://www.imm.hu/en/ for more information.
Hung like a pearl necklace over this most picturesque stretch of the Danube, the Chain Bridge was the first permanent crossing between Buda and Pest.
Address: 1091 Budapest, Üllői str. 33-37.
Coronations, weddings and ceremonies, some of the most momentous events in Hungarian history have taken place at Matthias Church in the Castle District.
Address: 1014 Budapest, Szentháromság square 2.
Named after St. Stephen, the Basilica is not only the most important church building in Budapest but in Hungary itself. Created by several architects over the course of more than 50 years, the Basilica was finally unveiled in 1905.
Address: 1051 Budapest, Szent István square 1.
One of the largest of its kind in the world, the Great Synagogue is both a working place of worship and a major tourist attraction.
Address: 1074 Budapest, Dohány str. 2.
Visit http://www.greatsynagogue.hu/ for information.
There hasn’t been a better time to be a gastronome in Budapest. Michelin has recently bestowed stars and recommendations onto the city’s leading restaurants. The city is undergoing a culinary revolution with new places appearing on the city’s gastro scene every year.
If you are visiting Budapest, there is no shortage of fun and exciting activities to keep you entertained. The Aria Hotel Budapest Concierge team would love to help you plan your upcoming stay with us so please contact us with any questions. We hope to welcome you in the near future!