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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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Ranked #145 of 458 Hotels in New York City
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Blue Bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2007

Didn't stay in this hotel but visited it's bar (The Blue Bar) Only one thing to say get the raspberry and chilli cosmo. Mmmmmmmmm!! Oh and some of the other cocktails are good too.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2007

This is a really quirky hotel, just right for guests who hate high rise, plastic style hotels! Old world comfort, excellent staff, small but comfortable rooms, plus the hotel cat, Matilda...who even has her own website! One tip, no food available after about 11.30 pm, so if you are have a late arrival, don't expect to be fed.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2007

I got a $199/night room special at the Algonquin's website. The hotel is gloriously old fashioned and located just a few blocks east of Times Square, with a parking garage across the street. A very convenient midtown location.

The hallways are narrow and the room i got was quite small (10x12') with a small bathroom (stall shower), wall mounted LCD TV, a small desk and a view of a brick wall. Definitely fine for the reasonable price but not a room to hang out in, just one to sleep, shower and launch from. A nice touch- on the first night they threw in a complimentary continental breakfast (why only one night I'll never know but it's better than none!)

Two sore spots: no written info on WIFI internet was available in the room, though there was an ethernet cable in a box. Thank god I called the front desk and found out the WIFI was free but plugging in to the ethernet was $10 /day. A simple sign on the ethernet cable box would be a nice idea! Then I asked for a NY Times in the lobby and they said they only get 50/day and they run out early. Hmmm....how about ordering 75 papers then?

All in all, a fine hotel for $199/night. If I had to pay more I would look elsewhere, though.

  • Liked — It's history and location
  • Disliked — Small rooms, cramped hallways
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tennessee
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2007

Great location and clean. The main floor lobby is the place to be after work hours. Nice evening crowd having drinks and great jazz music. The staff is top notch. The room was small but comfortable - we only slept there anyway. We stayed out in city all the time.

  • Liked — the style and decor
  • Disliked — tiny tiny room
  • Stayed July 2004, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2007

Negatives

The reception staff are a little pretentious and don’t make you feel very welcome.
The rooms are tiny. We had to shuffle around the end of the bed sideways to get to the bathroom in order to avoid bumping your head on the plasma TV.
The bathrooms are very dated and look grubby.
The first evening we were there my 2 year old son picked up a tablet (liquid capsule) from the floor (left by another guest) and bit into it so we spent the first evening in A&E. My partner checked the floor after this and we discovered old crisps, coins and thick dust under all of the furniture and bed. The hotels compensation for this was to offer us breakfast on them which I was appalled with.
We were woken by the building work at the back of the hotel at 7.30am every morning.
We ordered a bottle of wine one afternoon in the lobby bar. When we got the bill we were shocked by the cost as it was double what we had expected. It turned out that there were two versions of the wine and the waiter had automatically brought us the vintage bottle. We felt it was bit of a sly trick.


Positive

The hotel lobby is lovely
The location is central

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Lack of cleanliness of rooms
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Durham, North Carolina
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2007

We booked our room here on a discounted package through Travelzoo. The hotel has a great location - 44th St between 5th and 6th Avenues, which was convenient to Times Square, the Theatre District, and Grand Central Terminal. The hotel itself is very distinguished looking...the bellmen and concierge were great, although the front desk people really didn't seem very friendly.

Our room had a king size bed - which was great! Problem was, there is only about 12" clearance around the bed, which makes it very cramped. The bathroom is postage-stamp sized, and the closet is small. You have to call room service for ice, as there are no ice or soda machines available to guests.

Some other things you should be aware of:

1. When you get the confirmation from the hotel and it indicates a total price of $xxx.xx, don't believe it; they add $60/day for "incidentals" to the amount they guarantee your card for. While it's customary for hotels to swipe cards for slightly more than the actual room costs for things like long distance, etc, I thought $60/day was excessive.

2. Wi-fi is free, but connectivity is nearly impossible. If you can actually GET connected, it'll cost you $9.95/day for broadband access.

3. Skip the ridiculously overpriced meals and go out. Breakfast was especially very overpriced; go to the diner next door. Food was good, service was lightning quick, and very reasonable. If you're going to the theatre, Carmine's is very close by and the food is amazing. Bring a HUGE appetite, though. There are several restaurants on the same block as the hotel.

4. The hotel doesn't have a shuttle service to the airport (or anywhere else), but the bellmen will be happy to arrange a car or hail a taxi for you. Expect to pay around $35 (including tip) between the hotel and LaGuardia.

  • Liked — Location, historical significance, great bellmen, sweet kitty
  • Disliked — Cramped rooms, poor modern conveniences, overpriced food/amenities
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Portland, Maine
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Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2007

I stayed for 1 night a few weeks ago and I have to say that I was impressed with the decoration and cleaniness of my room.
I got a great deal through a search engine and based on some reviews here I was expecting the worst. But on the contrary my room was superb! Flat screen TV, small but cozy room, free wi-fi and brand new bath!
Location is fantastic, few blocks from Grand Central and right at midtown.
If I get the same deal again I will definetly stay at Algonquin on my next visit.

  • Liked — Room comfort
  • Disliked — Older crowd at the bar
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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
#97 Family Hotel in New York City
#98 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#124 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#163 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):
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