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August 20, 2009updated Jul 17, 2015

The Waldorf-Astoria Ramps Up Its Web Experience

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

The Waldorf-Astoria has introduced a variety of new contemporary ways for hotel guests and Manhattanites alike to explore and experience the historic property. From a revamped Web site,, complete with virtual photo and video tours to the recently released history movie and original video podcast tours, the property offers more than just a comfortable night’s sleep in midtown Manhattan.

In addition to the standard information offered on most hotels’ Web sites, The Waldorf’s new Web address provides a detailed preview of the elegant, Art Deco property. Visitors to the site can scroll through both exterior and interior images as well as videos for a sneak peak at some of the hotel’s most luxurious rooms, suites and public spaces. History buffs can enjoy extensive online archives complete with photos and anecdotes of the original Waldorf=Astoria as well as the design, architecture and interior spaces of the current property. Photos of the many royalty and statesmen that have visited the hotel are also featured in the online history archive.

For all Waldorf enthusiasts, a namesake history documentary entitled “The Waldorf-Astoria – Host to the World” is available for purchase on the new Web site ( ) and on The film explores the past and present of the New York City landmark, illustrating how the hotel has become one of the city’s most beloved and utilized institutions. Through the use of historic photography, eye-catching video footage and exclusive interviews, those watching will receive a true behind-the-scenes look at the Manhattan treasure. Available for shipping or download, the film is approximately 50-minutes long and costs $20.

Visitors to the property can experience The Waldorf through a self-guided video podcast tour that invites guests to discover the history behind the venues and services that have made the hotel a popular and iconic destination for more than a century. The podcast tour leads visitors from the Park Avenue entrance, where 15 large windows display the history of the hotel, to Lexington Avenue with a stop at the hotel’s small museum adjacent to the grand lobby. Available for download at, the podcast can also be viewed on The Waldorf’s new Web site by those who cannot make it to the property for a walking tour.

Guided history tours are also available to guests every Thursday at 11:30 am. The tours start at $50.00 per person, with accompanying lunch at Oscar’s, the property’s contemporary American brasserie. All prices are inclusive of taxes and gratuity.

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