My wife and I stayed at the Algonquin Hotel this past weekend as we were in town to see a Broadway show and did not want to make the mad rush to catch the LIRR for the trip home. The hotel was elegant. The lobby outstanding. The room was great, but small. This did not present a problem since we were not in NYC to stay in a hotel room. The staff was outstanding, very helpful. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend this hotel.
The only short coming was the two elevators. Upon arriving one of the elevators was "temporarily out of service". The other elevator was in use on the upper floors (8 through 12), never coming down to the lobby. The reason appeared to be the housekeepping staff moving their supplies between floors. Finally the out of service elevator was returned to service after complaining to the front desk. The problem did not end at that point. Sunday morning we were going to check out, again one of the elevators had been removed from service. After waiting with two other couples with four large suit cases, we elected to walk down to the lobby. The problem again seemed to be the housekeepping staff moving supplies and eqipement between floors.