Years ago, when I used to stay at the Iroquois Hotel just up the street, I always wished I could afford the Algonquin because of its fabled literary heritage (The Round Table). (I stopped booking the Iroquois about 1995 when the cockroaches got too scary.) Both hotels have now been renovated and the Algonquin is now part of the Marriott chain. My wife and I just spent a week there while visiting our daughter who was doing a summer course at Columbia. Marriott has done an excellent job with the upgrade -- the hotel maintains a good part of its charm and character while the "modern conveniences" are well handled. The rooms are small but tasteful with the always comfortable Marriott beds and great walk-in showers. We were also pleased with the service we received both from the front desk and especially from the restaurant staff. When we arrived just before closing time for the complimentary concierge lounge continental breakfast, we were invited to eat in the main restaurant and upgrade to a full breakfast for a nominal charge ($6-$8 for two!). Needless to say we were late for breakfast every day thereafter. But perhaps the best thing about the Algonquin is it's location. If you're in NYC to holiday, you simply can't be better situated than on 44th between 5th and 6th. So much is within walking distance -- MOMA, theatres, Fifth Avenue shopping. We didn't have to spend a lot on taxis. All in all, the Algonquin is a great New York hotel at a reasonable price.
- Also Known As:
- Algonquin Hotel New York City
- Algonquin Hotel
- Algonquin Hotel New York
- Algonquin New York City
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ultimate in civilized Manhattan accommodations, the Algonquin was the site of the legendary Round Table literary gatherings. ... more less
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