I have stayed here on numerous occasions & it is a bit special. No great big chandeliers or razmatazz. It is what it is. A great location, with great staff and an atmosphere that is second to none. We usually stayed during the Christmas Season & it is an ideal location for shopping , sight seeing & the theatre. You could drop your bags & order afternoon tea in the lobby with a minimum of fuss. It was a guest friendly hotel in every sense of the word.If you are looking for large rooms with jacussiz, etc. It is not the place for you. But if you want a place that is vibrant enough with a serenity that is relaxing this is the one. Staff all seem to have genuine Photogenic memories & welcome you back as old friends. They always had a cabaret artist that would return season after season, and be in keeping with the surroundings. The nostalgic surroundings make it well worth a visit, even if just for afternoon tea. Why it's being marketed as Times Square I simply don't know. If you want the Algonquin & it's laid back ambience why would you want Times sq?