Elegant, festive ambiance for Thanksgiving/Christmas. Quiet, cozy rooms. My husband & I enjoyed our 5th stay w/in 2 years. Our package included a full, scrumptious breakfast that was served quickly and perfectly by Chuck when we explained our rush to meet family for the Thanksgiving parade. Coffee refills were prompt & plentiful. We enjoyed the "Algonquin" & "Matilda" cocktails that also came with our package in the classic, elegant lobby. We especially enjoy seeing so many veteran employees each visit and learning their history & sharing family stories. It is a testament to management that employees stay for decades. Jeannie at the desk is always in a good mood & quick to advise of new restaurants & local activities. As always, Edwin at the front desk is top notch w/ impeccable service, kind words, & outstanding attitude. He took us on a tour of the gym and other areas we had not previously seen. The location to Grand Central,Times Square is a huge plus. We walked the see the Hugh Jackman play, Central Park ( definitely eat at The Boathouse), and 5th Ave shopping. Those other guests who have long lamented the decor of the rooms will be happy to know the hotel is CLOSING for several months for total renovations ( yes, plumbing, bathrooms too!) We are confident that the upgrades will be classy and in keeping with the heritage of this important landmark. We are hopeful the crown molding and antique sconces in the lobby get to stay.Unfortunately, the best part of the hotel and the true reason we stay here ( Matilda, the famous Algonquin cat) was banned by Mayor Bloomberg's administration during our stay. Matilda is as famous a tourist attraction as is Lady Liberty or the Empire State Bldg. and brings $$$$$$$ to NYC. The hotel markets her important status through packages that include a replica stuffed cat. She even has a book written about her legacy. The Algonquin has a history of feeding starving artists, writers and cat rescue. The Algonquin graciously hosts an annual Matilda party raising thousands of dollars for helpless animals that is covered by local & national news. Who is next to be banned , Eloise at the Plaza? The Algonquin staff has remained quiet and classy regarding this somewhat ridiculous situation. Touche to the NY Post & NY Times for covering the story. Bravo, Edwin, Jeannie, Gary, Chuck and staff for all our wonderful stays. We will be back to our new rooms and our lovely visit with Matilda next year
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