To borrow a phrase from Dorothy Parker...
I was fortunate to spend three nights at the Algonquin earlier this month with my college roommate whom I haven't seen in five years. Our room was small -- as they usually are in vintage hotels. The bed (we could only get a queen with my Marriott points) was incredibly comfortable, the shower, hot and powerful. SCORE.
I found the front desk staff amenable and helpful except for Matilda, who was catty and aloof. (For those of you unaware of the Algonquin's history, Matilda, is the resident feline.)
While the cocktail lounge was a throwback to the New Yorker-Roundtable era, the food in the dining room was rather disappointing. I found the prix fixe menu wanting, the dishes oversalted and the desserts unremarkable. Service, however, was gracious.
And you cannot beat the location of the hotel. The 42nd Street/Broadway subway stop is close, there's a Duane Reade drug store for emergency toothpaste runs and Time Square is at your disposable. I will gladly return to this hotel for my next stay in the Big Apple!
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