Lady Day played by Audra McDonald

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL on Broadway – Review

Lady Day had such a profound influence on music that her presence is still very much a part of our lives today. At the Library Hotel Collection we love Billie Holiday so much much, we are honoring her both at the ARIA Hotel Prague with an amazing suite and at the Lady Day Bar at the Aria Hotel Budapest, opening early 2015.

As of the day of this post, there are only 37 performances left, so please book your tickets now! Here is a review by our own Theater Critic in Residence, Shari on the Aisle!

Background: According to the Playbill, the play is based on an actual performance by Billie Holiday in a dive bar in Philadelphia witnessed by a boyfriend of the playwright: “She stumbled in obviously ‘quite high,’ carrying her little Chihuahua Pepi, whom she introduced to her audience. A water glass was kept filled with booze atop the piano for her. She and a piano player performed 10 or 12 of her songs for an audience of seven patrons. Then, she staggered out.”

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The Best Pizza in New York City

New Yorkers spend most of their lives trying to find the perfect job, the perfect apartment, or the perfect husband/wife. My journey has been a bit different. I have spent the majority of my early twenties searching for the best pizza in New York City. While there are no shortages of pizzerias, the key is knowing which pizza place to go to for a quick slice, a late night snack, or even pre-theater dinner. Can there be such thing as the best pizza in New York City?  The race is close.

John’s Pizzeriajohns pizzThis coal-fired brick oven pizza has been a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike. Since opening its doors in 1929, this New York icon is complete with a flashy neon sign and cozy booths, serves up the perfect thin crust pizza. Be aware that there are no reservations, no credit cards, and NO SLICES! Pies only. Trust me, it won’t be a problem!
Location: 278 Bleecker St between Jones St & Morton Street in West Village
Price: $$

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10 reasons why Hotel Giraffe is a perfect fit for your family

When travelling with the family, you want to plan a trip that is fun and easy for everyone!  And since you already know what do to when visiting NYC with your family,  we want to help you decide where to stay.  At Hotel Giraffe, you’ll find a multitude of features to make family travel a pleasure, which is why we won the Citysearch Best of New York ‘Best Family Friendly Hotel’ award!

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Shari on the Aisle’s Latest Review is for Grown-ups Only

How could we at the Library Hotel Collection resist telling you about a show about two writers? We recently offered tips for traveling with children and a review of the family friendly Broadway show, Matilda.  A distinctive departure from those is this week’s review which  is definitely for adults only. Shari on the Aisle’s review is here to help you know before you go, if this show is just the ticket for you.

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How to Book the Ideal Bed for your Trip

We want all of our guests to have a memorable stay with the Library Hotel Collection and be thrilled by their experience. The advice we give to future guests is all thanks to the wonderful insights and thoughtful communication shared with us by our past guests, either directly or on sites like TripAdvisor. One comment that we often hear is: “I wish I had understood more fully what type of room I was selecting, before I booked.”  Well, we’re here to ensure you have all the right information to make the best choice for your stay!

If you visit our Library Hotel Collection websites, you will see that our New York City properties have worked to provide you with all the details you need to select your best room:

  • Rooms are named to fully represent their true size. We are not afraid to tell you a Petite Room is small.
  • Multiple images of every room, and based on your requests, we are adding even more images to the site in the near future.
  • A Virtual Tour – and soon we will add links to the 360 shots that were taken by Google so online visitors can “see inside”.
  • Average Square footage/ Square Meter for each  room type
  • Sample diagram of each room type, but please keep in mind that there are some variances in layouts even within a room type.
  • Bed sizes including dimensions of the mattress sizes

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