Among the many old grand old ladies I stayed at during the last 20 years, this one might be the one with the grandest aura. What comes on top: straight after walking up to the front desk I was given a major upgrade to a corner suite on the 5th floor. Given that I was offered such a generous suite I should not complain. Nevertheless, I will take the liberty to be frank and free.
I had to look for it all by myself since at midnight nobody was available to show me to my room or perhaps this much cherished service is no longer practiced at the Waldorf. Anyway, I literally was swept of my feet when I entered my room and slipped in the entrance hall of my suite. After that I had a sore back for serveral days... and was all the more happy to have a spacious room to stay in.
The look and feel of my suite resembled much of what we see in the movies of the 40ies and 50ies (as in "Week-End at the Waldorf" of 1945 for example); I would not have been surprised if Lana Turner or Ginger Rogers would have stepped out of my double winged bathroom doors... The comfortable bed and sofas, the pastel colours, the faux antiques - it's all there spread out before you with lots and lots of patina.
So one can definitely still sense the elegance and splendour of gone by days in the decor and furnishings - but as so many of my co-authors noticed - as of 2012 it's quite dowdy and in my case unfortunately also dirty (i.e. old tooth paste left overs on sink, sticky stains on coffee table, dust bunnies and even a broken cloth hanger lying on the floor in the hallway - it all seems to have gone unnoticed by the house cleaning staff. And yes, the plumbers have to be called whenever you want to fill that bathtub it seems... 18 (!) minutes cold running water until it turned warm (but not hot). The staff was in my case approximately of the same make.
So my "average" rating is mainly due to the still comfortable furnishings and well sized rooms as well as the excellent location - but definitely not for cleanliness or staff friendliness (except for a very gentle young Irish receptionist).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Waldorf Astoria New York is temporarily closed while undergoing a complete renovation and restoration. It is planned to reopen in 2019/2020. Waldorf Astoria New York will feature restored historic public and event spaces along with luxury condominiums and guest rooms and suites that will set a new standard for luxury and service in New York. ---- New York’s grandest landmark hotel, the city's first sky-scraper hotel opened on October 31, 1931, and is still delighting visitors with its elegant Art Deco accommodations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Astoria Waldorf
- New York Waldorf
- Waldorf Historia
- Waldorf New York
- Hotel Waldorf New York
- Waldorf Astoria Hotel New York
- Astoria New Waldorf York