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“Needs renovations” 4 of 5 stars
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The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   59 W 44th St, Between Fifth & Sixth Ave, New York City, NY 10036 (Manhattan)   |  
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Ranked #141 of 454 Hotels in New York City
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Newark, Delaware
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Needs renovations”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

Nice atmosphere; closed for badly needed renovations; I hope the bathrooms and elevators are redone. Colors inside are dark. brighten the place up. Staff is plesant. Meals are overpriced.

Room Tip: close to times square, but overpriced. wait until after renovations.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Jacksonville, Florida
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82 reviews 82 reviews
39 hotel reviews
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

This was my first trip to NYC for new years. Had a blast.

The hotel was very nice and the lobby area was beautifully decorated but.. Small rooms (okay it is time square) and the elevator took Forever!

The hotel was being closed for renevations the day we checked so. I would deff try them again and look forward to staying after the renovations are completed.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

Booked a package with their package service and it was a complete disaster. My transportation was overpriced (ask the hotel to book it directly), The lady who"helped" me was from new york guest and was so rude. they were charging a ticket delivery fee that was like $100.00 on top of the ticket price and i said, forget it ill just get them from your office. She was so rude about it and said that I couldnt do that.Her name was kelly kat something or other. I asked why booking a package was saving me money when i could have booked everything separately and she said it was"the service"It was just awful, the tickets were late and not even the right seating locations. I should have known after talking with kelly, she was a nightmare. Just save yourself money and problems by booking on your own. My husband and I were so mad but were pleased with the hotel itself

Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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North Adams, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

The Algonquin is a funny place, there is a tremendous amount of history here, evident by the traditional furnishings in the lobby. There is custom wall paper in the hallways of New Yorker cartoons featuring The Algonquin. The bar is swanky and fun - the kind of place you wouldn't be surprised to see a celebrity or politician in the corner (not that we did). The gin and tonics met the higher end of NY pricing, but they were strong and welcomed on a hot summer day. The lobby/lounge was to feature an evening of song by noted (rising?) opera singers, which we missed because we had plans - but I bet it was great!

I was surprised (even though I shouldn't have been) at the number of languages spoken by the staff - this is an accommodating group. The bellmen allowed us to borrow an umbrella, which was very nice.

The odd part of the hotel is the rooms - they have a more modern feeling to them. The furnishings feel out of place, and too 'young', like if you let your 13 year old daughter decorate a room in her grandmother's house.

But, hey - you don't go to NYC to stay in your room, so I say, "who cares?"

The plumbing is antiquated.

Easy walk from Grand Central, not too bad to get to the theatre district. Even if you don't stay here - it's worth stopping in!

Room Tip: Higher rooms would have a better view.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

very old. Everything seemed old. rooms are tiny. And did i say old.
clean but old. no problems with service.

Room Tip: ask for a good room. thats how
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

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

Room Tip: Ask for quiet, away from elevator
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rochester, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

I love NYC & I love History....put these two together and you get The Algonquin! The Algonquin is rich in history, Style & class. The location is great. Close to Broadway. The only NYC Location I know of where you can enjoy a 5 star dinner and take in a fabulous show at the same time! The decor is classic and some of the rooms hardware & bath styles are classic which make the stay nastalgic. If you go ou must try the signature "Algonquin" Cocktail made famous by the the round table in 1920's . If you find the review helpful let us know!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 59 W 44th St, Between Fifth & Sixth Ave, New York City, NY 10036
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan , Midtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#35 Green Hotel in New York City
#93 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#94 Family Hotel in New York City
#121 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#155 Business Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection 4*
Number of rooms: 174
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ultimate in civilized Manhattan accommodations, the Algonquin was the site of the legendary Round Table literary gatherings. ... more   less 
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