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The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection
Ranked #181 of 467 Hotels in New York City
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“You can do better for the money”
Reviewed August 1, 2007

My sister had to visit NYC on business and asked me to join her. She knows I visit NYC frequently and wanted me along to show her the town. Her company had booked her in the Algonquin because it was directly across the street from the offices where she was scheduled to teach seminars. We changed the reservation from a single to a twin and asked for an early check-in, 1 PM versus the 3 PM official check-in, and were assured they'd do their best to accommodate that.

We arrived shortly after 1 PM and our room was not ready, and the front desk would only tell us that they would "try" to get it done earlier, but that we should not expect it before 3 PM, and that they could not even estimate when the room might be ready. Hmmm.... So we checked our bags and went out to kill two hours. We returned after 3 PM and were shown to our room. The bell staff were, by the way, excellent. The front desk staff were usually chatting with each other and acted annoyed when they were interrupted to deal with a guest.

I stay in NYC, midtown, frequently. I have never seen such a tiny room for that price. There were two beds (way too soft for both our preferences, and I like a soft bed), a small night table which was already completely covered with a lamp and a phone, a very small desk, mostly occupied with promotional material and another lamp, and a tiny closet, made even tinier by the safe, telephone book, ironing board, and iron already crammed in there. Not a drawer anywhere to put anything except the one in the tiny night table, which already contained the requisite Gideon bible. There was hardly enough space around the beds to navigate without hitting a wall or furniture. And because we had to live out of our suitcases (since there was nowhere to put our things except the tiny closet), and the suitcases had to sit on luggage stands, that meant even less space. We were on the 4th floor, directly across from an office building, and the street noise (especially when they pick up the garbage late at night, every night, from the hotel's restaurants) was pretty loud.

The bathroom was similarly tiny (sensing a theme here?), with a narrow shelf over the toilet already covered with the kleenex and the complementary toiletries (from some Australian company I've never heard of). Another narrow, short shelf was over the sink. That completed the bathroom storage. We've got two women here for three days. You can imagine we were thrilled there was nowhere to put any toiletries at all. Additionally, there was a dark brown, nasty something in the toilet. When we complained, politely, to the front desk, a very nice maintenance man came right up, worked on the toilet a few minutes, asked for our phone, and contacted the front desk to ask them to give us another room. Sadly, they had no other twins available, or so they said. The maintenance guy did the best he could, but the toilet was disgusting the entire stay and never flushed properly. We were never offered any discount or even an apology by the front desk for the problem.

The A/C (it was extremely hot and humid in NY during our stay) was very loud. The free WiFi in the room was spotty and s-l-o-o-o-w. There was no coffee maker (besides, where would you put it?), and the free coffee in the lobby was only available up to 7 AM, at which time it promptly disappears. No coincidence that 7 AM is when their restaurant opens. Room service only provides liquor and breakfast, and that's it.

The good news is the gym on the 3rd floor, which is reasonably well equipped and FREE. We used it every day. Also, Matilda, the resident kitty, is a nice touch. And housekeeping was unobtrusive and thorough. Sheets on the bed were high quality.

We never ate at the restaurants, but were not very impressed by the menu choices and felt the prices were inordinately high. You can do much better with so many restaurants not far from the hotel. Red Flame is great for breakfast or other diner-type choices. Monster Sushi is a couple of blocks north, DB Moderne is two doors down (if you want to spend more), etc.

Frankly, we would never stay here again. For the money, you get nicer, larger rooms, more concerned front desk staff, and many more amenities at the Muse, Michelangelo, San Carlos, Benjamin, Warwick, Doubletree, or just about anyplace else I have ever stayed midtown.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Teeny tiny room with no storage
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 30, 2007

I love New York.
This hotel IS what's great about New York.

It is also NOT what most people expect from a USA hotel; including US citizens.

The rooms are adequate, clean and fairly small: but what the hell - if Allan J Lerner could write the lyrics of "My Fair Lady" here, surely I can compose a postcard on the rather nice desk.

The Oak Room restaurant is very well priced for a 'destination' dining room, and I ate the best steak I've ever had there.
The breakfast menu is good classic American hotel.

The lobby and the Blue Bar are possibly the best places to meet a date in Manhattan.

If you know, or care, who Dorothy Parker was then this hotel is for you.

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Reviewed July 26, 2007

We stayed at the Algonquin for five nights and after reading a few forum reports on the hotel, I was a bit nervous about what laid ahead of us.
But we were pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the staff from the room attendants to the front desk staff and bellmen.
My wife is a touch fussy but she said she would have no problems staying there again and we will probably do so next summer when we will be back to NYC. You can't beat the location and the room we had was spacious and very quiet.

So, in conclusion this hotel was perfect from our perspective.

  • Liked — The beds and pillows were so comfortable!
  • Disliked — The window air conditioner was a bit too noisy- we had to turn it off to sleep.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 21, 2007

My husband and I just returned from a week in NYC at the Algonquin. We LOVED this hotel from the second we walked into the gorgeous old lobby! What character this hotel has! The staff is just delightful - they go out of their way to be helpful and kind. The room was small, but all hotel rooms in NYC are small unless you're Donald Trump. The room was immaculate, as was the bathroom. The a/c worked great, shower was small but comfy and the water was nice and hot and had a good spray. The beds are amazingly comfortable!!! We were on the 7th floor on the back of the hotel so it was also quiet (no view, but we were only there to sleep). I will definitely stay there again when we go back! The location is perfect - 1/2 block from 5th Ave and just close enough to everything in Midtown to be convenient but still on a street that is quiet and peaceful. We did not order room service at all during our stay, but ate breakfast at the Red Flame just a couple of doors down the street every morning for a bargain (and it was delicious!). The first night we were there, there was a thunderstorm and we sat in that gorgeous cozy lobby and had a couple of glasses of wine and just absorbed the ambience. Lovely!!!!

  • Liked — Historic aspect and beauty
  • Disliked — Smallish rooms
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2007

My fiance and I stayed at the Algonquin one weekend night in July on a lark, to see what it is like to be a tourist in our own city. We were greeted by Matilda, the resident "rag doll" cat upon our arrival and found the deluxe room tiny but charming. (In New York, one shouldn't intend to spend much time in one's room anyhow.) The halls were decorated with New Yorker cartoons and the entire hotel was full of little nooks and crannies. It reminded me of the Claridge in Buenos Aires: gracefully aged. One thing that impressed me--the rooms are entirely soundproof. We could hear nothing of the street noises below, nor of any fellow guests.

Overall, the bed was a bit too soft for my liking and the view consisted of offices facing us across 44th street; however, the Algonquin Lobby served tasty breakfast and lunches and the overall ambiance is totally elegant.

One tip: ignore the dining advice of the concierge; instead, walk down the street to Akdeniz Turkish Cuisine on 46th between 5th and 6th, where a delicious Prix-Fixe Dinner can be had for $19.95.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 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
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 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.

Stayed June 2007
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Property: The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection
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:
#59 Green Hotel in New York City
#104 Family Hotel in New York City
#116 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#129 Business Hotel in New York City
#131 Luxury 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: 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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