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December 15, 2014updated Dec 20, 2023

The Algonquin Hotel – A Living Legend

By Neharika Padala

The Algonquin Hotel, Times Square, opened November 22, 1902.

The hotel is the oldest and longest operating in the city and is located on historic Club Row, West 44th Street. The 181-room hotel is known for its rich history, famous clientele over the years and is located just a block from the lights of Times Square and steps from the shops of Fifth Avenue. Other iconic New York attractions that are within walking distance include: Rockefeller Center, New York Public Library, The Diamond District, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Guest accommodations include luxury amenities: L’Occitane bathroom toiletries, complimentary wifi and flat screen televisions. The hotel’s premier one-bedroom suite is named after one of the hotel’s most famous resident, John Barrymore. Other accommodations range from one to three bedroom suites and deluxe rooms.

The hotel is known for the famous Round Table that dined for 10 years in the restaurant. These literary greats would exchange jabs and jokes and the most notable included Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley and Alexander Woollcott. Most of the Round Table Members were critics but also included legendary editor, Harold Ross. He secured the funding and struck the deal that created The New Yorker in the hotel. The hotel provides a complimentary copy in each room.

The Round Table Restaurant, located in the lobby, serves New American Cuisine. Highlights of the menu include grilled duck breast glazed in a blood orange glaze, served with wild rice pancake; and Old Bay seared shrimp with house-made gnocchi served in whiskey butter. Blue Bar and the Lobby Lounge offers light fare, pre theater dining and prohibition style cocktails.

The Algonquin is also home to New York City’s most famous feline, Matilda. She comes from a long lineage of cats that have resided at the hotel since the 1930’s. Matilda can be found welcoming guests as she perches on the Front Desk.

The Algonquin is a member of Autograph Collection Hotels.

(Source: The Algonquin Hotel)

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