The Algonquin Hotel has it all: good position, excellent staff and tasty food. Stayed just after Super-Storm Sandy and the staff were most welcoming. Exterior was still undergoing renovation, but this did not affect us. Lounge area was great for having a quiet drink and watching the world go by. Felt like a true hotel, with the staff joking; for example, saying that they were going to the 13th floor to check the swimming pool (there is no pool) but this made me ask - and we both laughed. Maids have been there years and love the hotel. The Algonquin is a real taste of New York!