We particularly wanted to stay at this hotel because of its links to the past. We were not disappointed. Yes, the room was small, but it is an old hotel - recently renovated - and the appointments were luxurious. The receptionists delightfully friendly and the bar staff attentive. It is a great pity that Matilda the incumbent cat is not allowed to roam, because of some "politically correct" nonsense - if someone is unable to enjoy the wonderful companionship of a cat - then by all means find another hotel! The witty writers of the past who frequented the "round table" would, I am sure, be sad that Matilda must remain behind the reception desk at all times. No one seems to complain about the labradors at The Fairmont in Vancouver. Apart from this, we were delighted with our six night stay at the famous Algonquin.