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The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection
Ranked #196 of 469 Hotels in New York City
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Reviewed November 3, 2007

very smart and clean place, friendly and informative staff. Good location.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 31, 2007

We have used Priceline to book a room in NYC and when we first saw the hotel we have gotten this way, we were quite pleased with the choice. But then I read the more actual reviews and unfortunately we have to give the Algonquin a rather mediocre review.
The ambience is great and the rooms are very nice. The dark atmosphere in the lobby is not our taste, but we also have not to work there. We had a room in the 3rd floor so we could take the stairs which was a great advantage as wating for the elevators sometimes seemed to be an endless task. I a lot of of points we have to totally agree with the review of StevieH.
In addition we have to warn everybody of the hotel, which has issues with noice in the night. The a/c is certainly one problem, but if you have a room towards the back, you can live experience how the hard rock of Manhattan island is drilled for a new construction. If you the ask to get a different room and get a room facing the street, you find out when exactly the trash is picked up and all other truck activities for the ongoing construction next door is happening....and this starting at 3am, when for us the night was over. We only stayed there 3 nights, so there was no point in fighting it an switch rooms again.
The main problem is the old single glass windows, that do not absorb any noise and the window a/c, where a lot of noise also can pass through. It usually takes a lot to wake me in the middle of the nigth (we have 3 small children, so we are used to sleep with a lot of background noise), but the 3 nights in the Algonquin were certainly not worth the money.
If the construction behind the hotel is done, it will be more attractive again, but I am sure that it will also be booked better then and not available at a lower budget.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2007

We had a very comfortable stay at the Algonquin, which, for us, was ideally situated near to the Broadway theatre area. Our rooms were spacious and clean and the beds were superb.
Reception and other staff were helpful and friendly, although some of the information they gave us was incorrect – our guide book was more reliable.
We had booked an Expedia deal, including flights, so for us it was very good value. Had we paid the full published room rates, we might have been less forgiving. For example:
- 4 months before we travelled we had requested a room with a bath, which was confirmed. When we arrived we were given a room with a shower.
- There was complementary water in our rooms on arrival, but every day we had to ask for it to be replenished, until one day the supply ran out.
- The room air-con was unbearably noisy, but we managed to make do with a ceiling fan. Had we been there a week earlier, when it was very hot, things would have been very different.
- The Algonquin website says there are laptops for guests to use. When I asked, I was told that all the laptops had been withdrawn because of technical problems and they didn’t offer even a single terminal to guests for Internet access. As the New York public library was nearby, we used their free Internet access. There was a wireless Internet connection in our room (assuming it actually worked), but you would need your own computer with wireless interface.
- There are 2 lifts (elevators), and only in the lobby is there a display for which floor they are at. Otherwise, you stand there waiting for ever not knowing if they are coming or going! We regularly gave up waiting and used the stairs (what hardship!).
- The entrance lobby and the Oak Room merge, making the entrance permanently dingy. This isn’t a problem, but in the morning, it would be nice see what you’re doing!
We didn’t try the Algonquin breakfast, as it was about $20 per person. Instead we went next door to the Red Flame Diner – not exactly the Ritz, but it did the job very well for just over $20 for all 4 of us.
Any hotel that publicises it is the home of the $10,000 Martini as a claim to fame, must be short of worthwhile claims, which I believe is true of The Algonquin.
In all, a comfortable and satisfactory stay, but I wouldn’t have been happy paying the full published room rates.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 11, 2007

We'd stayed at The Algonquin over 20 years ago & we were pleased to go back as we had fond memories of our time there.

The first thing we noticed (how could you not) is that it is now attached to a building site. The noise starts at 7.15am & goes on most of the day. It is incredibly noisy & we were lucky we were on the other side of the building from the works.

Our one bedroom suite was spacious & clean. However, the air conditioner was so noisy it was like having a combine harvester in the room.

The bed was classified as a queen but it was closer to a double & was soft & we kept rolling into the middle so we had 5 terrible nights sleep.

The plumbing was antiquated. The bath plug is outside the bath & very unhelpfully the instructions on how to use it were by the television in the sitting room ?

The shower ran hot & cold & so for 5 days we were either scalded or frozen by the shower. The toilet required an engineering degree to work - if you didn't operate it properly effluent came back up - really distasteful. There was no ventilation in the bathroom & it felt airless & unpleasant. the products were awful - infact we went out & bought some for ourselves.

The staff with one of two exceptions (the doorman on the morning shift, our cleaner & one of the bellmen) were completely uninterested & unhelpful.

The food was only ok.

Oh & I almost forgot for most of our stay only 1 elevator worked.

The hotel needs a complete overhaul & management needs to remember it's in the hospitality business.

Stayed: October 2007
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Reviewed September 17, 2007

We were meeting friends of ours who used to live in NYC for a long weekend. They never stayed at the Algonquin but it was in a convenient location and had a long reputation so they reserved their room and a room for us. We got a confirmation of the reservation with specifics including a king size bed as we are both very tall.
We arrived around 11:20pm since we just flew into the city. The clerk was polite but not particularly pleasant. We were shown to our tiny room which did not have a king size bed but a double. The bathroom was very dirty and the light fixture was missing with the lightbulb dangling down. The room was hot. There was an air conditioning unit in the room but the room never got cool. For four night I barely slept because of the heat. I even asked the housekeeping staff to keep the blinds closed to hopefully keep the room cooler. Our friend's room was the same. Good thing we didn't spend much time there.
We had to put towels on the bathroom floor because the floors were so dirty. There was no place to store any tolietries in the bathroom and no ventalation. We were right across from the elevator so we heard it all night too. Every morning we were awakened by the construction noise from next door.
The hanger in the closet had a lovely little sign for the bathrobes that were provided, the only things missing were the bathrobes!
The only friendly staff members we found were the bellmen. The front desk and concierge were totally uninterested in assisting us and not very knowledgable.
I will say, the tiny, little bed was comfortable. Too bad it was so hot and noisy in the room we couldn't sleep!
I've traveled all over the world and never paid so much for little. I will not make that mistake again and hope to keep someone else from having this unpleasant experience.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 16, 2007

We have just returned from a long weekend in New York with and other couple, staying at the Algonquin Hotel. We really enjoyed our stay there. It is very well situated... 3 minutes walk from Time Square. What really impressed us is the fact that it was pretty quiet considering the location.
We could walk to the shows on Broadway, to the restaurants, as well as to Central Park through 5th Ave.
We had dinner at the Hotel, in the Oak room, and where very satisfied even if the service was not that courteous.
If, like us, you are going with an other couple, don't try to save money by sharing a Premier Suite, because the pull out bed is really unconfortable... or if you choose it, you better put the mattress directly on the floor.
However, the master bed was very confortable, the room well equiped and giving little extras that makes the experience very enjoyable!

We recommend it for sure!

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2007

My husband and I spent 5 days in NYC for the purpose of exploring, seeing, and a short get-away! I got the Algonquin through Priceline at a price I was happy with. Had hoped to get a Hilton, Marriott, or other in that category. The Algonquin met our needs. The room was small, but king sized bed very comfortable. Staff were very kind and helpful. It is a historic hotel, which I'm not really in to, but we spent so little time there. Had looked into staying in New Jersey, because hotels were cheaper, but looking back, staying a couple of blocks from Times Square is the way to go. When we got tired, just walked back to hotel for a rest. Lots to eat everywhere. We found average restaurants and take out places to be very reasonably priced. I love the pulse of the city. What a great place to visit!

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Address: 59 W 44th St, Between Fifth & Sixth Ave, New York City, NY 10036-6613
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#60 Green Hotel in New York City
#103 Family Hotel in New York City
#114 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#126 Business Hotel in New York City
#143 Luxury Hotel in New York City
Price Range: $236 - $685 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection 4*
Number of rooms: 181
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection(R), is an AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel located just a block from the lights of Time Square and steps from Fifth Avenue shopping. We are one of the most distinct boutique hotels in the Midtown area thanks to our rich history and impeccable hospitality. The historic Algonquin Hotel provides the allure of New York City charm and has created a tradition of meticulous and prodigious service with more than a century of playing host to influential guests. Our guest rooms offer luxurious features and amenities, including complimentary wifi, 37-inch flat-panel TVs, backlit mirrors, iHome clock radios with an iPod docking station and Beekman 1802 bath amenities. Our Times Square hotel's dedicated staff will carefully note your individual requirements and preferences upon arrival to best attend to your needs and wishes while traveling. We also offer a prime location near the theater district on Broadway, fashionable NYC shopping destinations and endless attractions. ... more   less 
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