We've been going to the Alqonquin for at least 30 years and are pleased to report that "Matilda" the resident cat continues to reign supreme over the front desk, accepting respectful chin chucks from her adoring public. She used to greet us at the door, but NYC food regulations (and an electronic collar) prevent her from dropping off the counter.
The lobby, with some unfortunately gaudy chairs (many shiny touches throughout whose provenance is unclear but plastic) maintains its elegant bones. The rooms have had an overhaul, with the addition of good showers (but poor design that pitches water into the bathroom thorough poorly fitted glass doors) and nifty sinks and excellent hairdryers. The bed with down comforters are wicked comfortable and they won't change your sheets every day, saving money and water. Great towels!
The Round Table Room is staffed by excellent staff, some of whom have been there almost as long as we've been coming, and the food, while not as adventurous as DB next door, was excellently prepared and presented. The new function room that supercedes the Oak Room spills too much noise out into the restaurant (ask for the other side) and the fiftiies and sixties music is often much too loud. About the BLUE Bar the less said the better, suffice to say it is PAINFULLY BLUE, UGH!
All in all though, we love the Algonquin and its our best romantic getaway. Always a pleasure to be welcomed by the impeccable hotel staff and our quibbles are small. I was especially pleased to see younger families there as well-a whole new generation coming to the Algonquin!