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The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection
Ranked #198 of 469 Hotels in New York City
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Reviewed November 15, 2006

Famous hotel with less than professional standards. Cell phone was missing/stolen from room during our stay. Reported upon leaving, two days later, management had "NO RECORD". Four weeks later after several phone conversations to the hotel to determine what had been done and requesting an insurance claim be placed, they said they would take care of it. I was never contacted again. Room cost over $300 and the curtains were filthy, rug tattered. History at a cost!!!

  • Stayed: August 2006
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Reviewed October 25, 2006

My husband and I just got back from a 1 night impromptu stay at the Algonquin. We try to get into NYC a few times a year for a quick overnight, and always get great deals on Priceline. For some reason, there were no deals to be had at this time. We paid full price for a room, which is a first for us, but we had a babysitter lined up and we weren't going to pass this chance up! The rooms, as warned, are very small.....however, they are very clean and tastefully done. The ceilings are real high, so you don't feel like you are boxed in. The location is great. What really turned me on to the place was the excellent service. We were able to check in early when we arrived. The front desk, doormen, and bell hops were so nice and helpful. One of the best perks was that when we got back to the hotel from dinner on Saturday night, it felt too late to trek out to another place. I was so happy to find a nice cozy couch in the lobby lounge and have a few drinks before we turned in. It was perfect. I would definetely stay there again.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 24, 2006

We stayed at the Algonquin after much searching on the internet, it was our first visit to New york, Our first requirement was a hotel centrally located for all the sights and also very important to us was the welcome we were given by the staff of the Hotel. We live and work in the hotel trade ourselves and know how important this can be.

We arrived after a long flight and were shown to our room by a wonderful porter who took time to give us advice about the surrounding area as well as the facilities which were offfered at the Hotel. At this point could I mention a wonderful person called Johnson who prior to arrival I had contacted to ensure that our two boys had a room close to ours, he not only arranged this but also we were upgraded and more importantly he had left a message of welcome on the telephone as he was off duty when we arrvied (above and beyond the call of duty, but very much appreciated, Thank you) We had drinks and food in the lobby that evening due to the lateness of our arrival and found all of the staff extremely helpful and pleasant.

The rooms were spacious and comfortable, we had not expected so much room as everyone advised that New York rooms are on the small side, not in our experience at The Algonquin. Also it was ideally situated for all of the main sights, Times Square, Central Park, Rockafella Centre, Grand Central Station and the Empire State building also all of the shops, we walked every where, even back from the financial district one afternoon, we were feeling energetic. I would love to go back to New York and staying at the Algonquin would be the bonus. Oh yes and the beds are far too comfortable!!

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 24, 2006

Having read reviews on here my wife and I headed for NY ( Our 3rd visit ) in high spirits , this continued after we checked in right up to opening the room door! BUILDING SITE ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALL ROOMS ON THE BACK OF HOTEL ARE FACED WITH MASSIVE BUILDING SITE WORKING 7AM TIL 6 !!!!!!!!!!!! No this wasn't mentioned at all on the website of the algonquin /expedia or even in any chats with staff there prior to our stay . They are basically keeping quiet about it until the work is done.

We complained threatened to go elsewhere and got moved to a "quieter" room , over an air con vent and looking at a dilapidated office block.

Having stayed in the Sofitel and Iroquois before this was a huge let down , it cam across as pretentious and over rated . The lobby is nice but Agatha Christie like , dated and again very stuffy . Not NY , its for people who like to pretend they are something they are not.

My advice stay in the Sofitel its £50 per night more on av but worth it!

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2006

Just back from two nights at this property. Booked a suite - it was a smoking room(s) - We had booked no smoking, when I called the Front, they first offered to send up a ionizing machine -
didn't think that would work on the infused drapes and linens so I iinsisted on a non-smoking room - They finally complied, with "the last non-smoking room" available. Not the kind of dog and pony show you would expect at this level.
The 'Thurber Suite' $504 per night has a view of an air shaft and a crane doing a demolition job.
We had a departing flight from Newark early Sunday so we were to meet our car at 7AM - you cannot get coffee/room service prior to 7AM and there is no coffee maker provided in the rooms. When I mentioned our situation to the bellman he said they could provide us with a coffee pot for the room. The front desk told my wife - No...
Over the past twenty years of travel to NYC this is by far, the worst property we have stayed in - It is tired, dull and way past its prime.
If you are looking for a 'close to theatre' hotel, try elsewhere.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2006

Nice atmosphere, good and personal service. The room was more than satisfactory considering the price level - clean, nicely fitted out etc. Beautiful 'old style' decoration and a homely atmosphere, including Matilda, the hotel cat. Certainly more value for money than similar priced NYC hotels I've stayed at.

  • Stayed: May 2006, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 5, 2006

We just got back from the Algonquin, having spent Labor Day weekend there. It's a wonderful old hotel with a great location and staff. We stayed in a roomy suite which is great for families as the sofa folds out. The bathroom was great with a deep soaking tub and top notch toiletries. The best: location for theater (just close enough), is beutifully kept, charm to spare and we loved entering the lobby and being greeted by the friendly resident feline. If you prefer modern, stay away, but if you want to experience old style NY class, this is your place.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled with family
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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
#146 Luxury Hotel in New York City
Price Range: $236 - $686 (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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