One of the top historic hotels in the US, I found that the Algonquin was oozing with great character and friendly staff. I was traveling on business by myself and they made me feel really at home. My room was super clean and comfortable…not a bug in sight (as I know this can be a concern now with hotels in big cities). I thought the bed was pretty amazing and I slept very comfortably. They provided L’Occitane toiletries, so I wouldn’t have had to worry about bringing my shower supplies from home. The food in the restaurant was very tasty and they had a very comfortable business center where I was able to print my return ticket. Free Starbucks coffee 24 hours was a good perk too. I should add the hotel was in walking distance of a 24 hour pharmacy and a 5 minute walk from Times Square…very useful since I was under the weather during my visit. If I had to find a negative for myself, I did think the cocktails were overpriced in the bar, so I just didn’t have any, but that may be reasonable pricing for New York. My meal was only a few dollars more than a martini, so I felt the food was decently priced by comparison. However, breakfast was too expensive there for me to justify so I just walked over to the diner next door. I would stay here every New York trip if I could though. I think it’s just wonderful and I love the history of the place. If you’re looking for a big room, this is not the hotel to pick, but if you’re a history buff like myself, this was right up my alley. I found the room perfect and cozy and opted to walk down the beautiful marble staircases every morning instead of bothering with the elevator. I felt sure that was the way John Barrymore would have taken too and I just ate that thought all up. There’s also Matilda, the resident ragdoll cat. It’s been a tradition in the hotel since the times of the elder Barrymore to keep a feline roaming the corridors. I think that’s fantastic and it was a nice bit of whimsy to add to my stay. She’s gorgeous, but not all that sociable. My advice would be to stay here at least once. I can’t imagine anyone not loving it, but I’m not everyone. I think it’s a great bit of historical New York that needs to be experienced at least once if you’re given the chance.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Algonquin Hotel New York City
- Algonquin New York City