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“Botique hotel, elites beware” 3 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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“Botique hotel, elites beware”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Pros:
The Algonquin is in a great location steps from Times Square and Madison Avenue. It's not on Broadway so it's much quieter than those hotels. It's a standard botique hotel - small rooms and vintage appointments. The hotel was clean, bathroom was updated.

Cons:
The front desk staff was not attentive to my arrival. There is no club/elite lounge as typical for Marriotts. They have a coffee lounge which consists of a Keurig coffee machine in a vestibule. No mid-day snacks or refreshments. A continental breakfast was included which was adequate. I requested an upgrade and instead was placed in the room directly across the elevator. This hotel is expensive (as is NYC) but try to find a look no further rate.

I would stay here again only because of the location.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your commentary we appreciate your feedback. Your comments will be shared with the Associates at the upcoming customer service training session. Guest experience and personal attention to detail have always been a focus of the Algonquin Hotel and will continue to be priority. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us, it helps us to continually improve our product and service for our valuable guests.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012 via mobile

This review is only of the lobby bar at the Algonquin Hotel. I had a friend in from London who was staying at the Algonquin and he told me that the rooms are very nice. The lobby bar is where I met him, and it's very nice. It has an old world feel to it in the lobby portion of the bar, and then when you step into the bar itself the blue neon lights Are the first thing that hits your eyes. It was extremely busy at 6 o'clock with the after work crowd. I ordered a glass of Chardonnay, and when the bill came I was quite shocked to find it being $20.69. So when you add the tip you're quite shocked to find out you just bought a $24 glass of wine. My friend ordered the blueberry Martini which was excellent, however I'm afraid to figure out what that might've cost. John was our bartender, and did an excellent job throughout the time we were there. He was extremely attentive and extremely friendly. Overall, other than the prices the bar is a great place to stop.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

This wonderful hotel located close to shopping on 5th Ave, close to Broadway to catch a show, or just to stay in the hotel lounge and people watch is definitely a must stay. This is a very nostalgic hotel and although the hotel has some age on it; the rooms are spacious, clean, and have very comfortable beds. If you can't stay at this hotel; you must at least go into the lounge for a drink and enjoy the beauty of this fabulous NYC hotel!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

First off I want to state that I received an excellent rate of $239 (minus taxes etc) through a Travel Zoo special that I'm glad I jumped on. It was a week after Superstorm Sandy had hit. The refurbished Algonquin is like walking into a moment in time from early in the last century. The lobby is cozy and inviting. My room, though smallish, was excellently decorated! I even had a bit of a view...of the neighboring building. The bathroom fixtures and tile seemed brand new. TV, mattress, lighting etc in the room were top notch. The staff were friendly and courteous. When I inquired about the famous Rag Doll house cat Matilda I was led into the baggage room where she was sleepy. Maltida III is part of the rich tradition of cats at The Algonquin dating back to the 1930's. I had a cocktail that was delicious, though the prices are bit steep.

One of the best things about The Algonquin is the location. Location, location location. A block East of Times Square, one block north of Bryant Park and the subway....and walking distance North to Rockefeller Center and Central Park make this a great place to stay.

I highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

My husband and I recently traded in some AA Miles for a Saturday night stay at the Algonquin. Our stay was perfect from start to finish. Our room was great - very nicely decorated, very clean and well appointed. Comfy bed, great shower and amazing L'Occitane toiletries. We stored our luggage when we checked in, had some complimentary Starbucks coffee, were offered help with directions or anything else we needed and then on check-out, once again stored our luggage for the day. We never once felt like we were treated any differently than any other guest because our stay was paid for with travel miles. We were treated just as nicely as every other guest. We absolutely loved our stay at the Algonquin. It's in a fantastic location - easy to get to subway and local landmarks. It was a wonderful stopover during our Thanksgiving week travels.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

This is a lovely hotel, a tranquil oasis in the middle of bustling, crazy Times Square. Often old hotels are in need of repair; this one is in mint condition, beautifully restored to its former glory.
The rooms are small (as most NYC rooms are) but elegantly furnished. There are no views of the exterior, windows are frosted and the thick walls keep traffic noise out, so the feeling of being in a secluded place -- in the middle of one of the world's most hectic locations -- is heightened. This is good for resting, but the room is too small to spend any extended time in. But who goes to NYC to spend time in a hotel room when the whole world is outside? The hotel lobby, lounge, and restaurant -- the location of the legendary Algonquin Round Table, the gathering place of Dorothy Parker and her literary friends -- are lovely places to hang out to check email with free wifi and a glass of wine, or dine. I like this hotel a lot. It gives you the best of both worlds - a pocket of serenity in the middle of Times Square. Great hotel.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

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!

Room Tip: Suite was large and settee which converted to a bed was very comfortable.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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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:
#38 Green Hotel in New York City
#96 Family Hotel in New York City
#98 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#128 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#164 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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