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The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection
Ranked #195 of 468 Hotels in New York City
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

Being an author myself it was a real treat to be staying at the Algonquin and enjoying the literary atmosphere that is still there after as I understand the quite recent refurbishing . The hotel - with its exceptionally friendly staff - sure is taking care of its literary history, complete with a painting of Dorothy Parker and her friends at the round table, and literary quotes at the doors of each room. And the tags to put on the doorhandle are fun, too. If, for instance, you want cleaning, it's because you're out looking for ideas, and if you don't want to be disturb, it's because you're busy writing The Great American Novel.

The rooms were reputed to be quite small, so I decided to upgrade a bit, which gave me a very comfortable normal sized room with a queen size bed. The bathroom was in fact a bit small but quite adequate. To make it even better, I would suggest fluid soap in the shower and not just soap bars.

The bar is to die for and I spent many hours there - before or after Broadway shows. If you are on your was to one of these, the Algonquin is perfectly located, only a few second from, for example, The Belasco Theatre and less than five minutes from Boothe theatre.

Highly recommended!

Room Tip: Since the rooms are a bit on the small side, you may want to upgrade a bit in order to get a somewha...
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

Always wanted to try the Algonquin and it lived up to all my expectations. Really a lovely hotel, helpful staff and a big fat cat...maybe the 4th or 5th generation of the original Matilda that greeted the writers and artists that participated in the Round Table back in the day.

My room was small but well designed and efficient to use. Free coffee in the lobby plus the gym and business center made for a great business experience.

Would recommend!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

I had walked past this hotel on many many occasions and always been tempted to use next time I was in time and I finally did just that in late January. I had become disillusioned with my usual midtown hotel, the Sofitel. Anyway I really like the Algonquin, very old school, small rooms, but great charm and nice people. If I had to pick one thing out that was negative it was the very noisy lifts/elevators. I bell sounds every time one of them arrives at a floor and it can be heard throughout the floor. My room was some distance away and it was clearly audible all through night. Advice for those booking is to request a room away from the elevators as there are some right by them and that must unacceptably noisy. But other than that I was very happy with my stay and will definitely be back to stay next time I am in town.

Room Tip: A room away from the elevators is my strong recommendation unless you can sleep through the constant...
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

The only way to get more old school New York is to go back in time. This place has been well preserved and updated, similar to that of one it's most famous outcomes, the New Yorker. This midtown hotel owns and celebrates its traditions (Algonquin Cat, Roundtable, etc.) with the requirements of modern day travelers.

The rooms are TINY, yet perfectly fit every traveler need. From a proper desk, closet, and bathroom, to high def tvs and food service.

A great way to spend a night whether for work or vacation.

Now a part of the Marriott family as one of their ever expanding and pleasing Autograph Collections.

**Note if you are travelling with family of 3 or more, grab multiple rooms or check out the residence in**

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

We decided to stay over in NYC following a dinner and theater date. First we had dinner in the Round Table restaurant, on the main floor of the hotel. The restaurant has a long history with famous literary figures. Great menu selection, excellent service. Check in at the hotel was cordial and efficient. And there was Matilda, the hotel mascot cat. Beautiful is the best way to describe this fluffy, photogenic cat. Fun!
The rooms have all been renovated, modern with traditional touches. AMAZINGLY comfortable bed. It's been said that the bed is the most comfortable of Ny hotel bed. I wholeheartedly agree.
We had a great "staycation" in a beautiful hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

Just spent 5 wonderful days at the Algonquin. As you can gather from the title I had a nice suite on the 8th floor. Very comfortable seating area with a big TV and fast wireless internet. The bedroom was also quite roomy with a soft bed and yet another nice TV. Some traffic noise during the day but peaceful (for NYC) at night. The bathroom featured a stall shower which was a great touch to me. Room cleaned and towels replaced daily.

The hotel itself has a great film noir vibe. You can just feel history dripping from the walls. It even stirred the writer within me - this is my first ever TA review. Free coffee and papers available in the lobby.

Had room service a few nights as it was just to cold to venture out. A tad pricey, but what the hey, it is New York and I didn't have to go out in the 10 degree weather. There is a nice diner a few doors down that is quite reasonable and pretty tasty. Across the street is a nice coffee bar that also sells pastries.

Easy trek to Time Square and the Theaters. I walked to the Ambassador and Majestic with ease.

In short, a great place to stay. And where else do you get to say hello to Matilda?

Room Tip: I would highly suggest a suite, even traveling solo.
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

We're exManhattanites and spend frequent nights in the city--an Amazon deal for two nights at this newly renovated historic, famed hotel with breakfast, drinks and a queen sized room, something too good to be true, was--our first room may have been the smallest room in the hotel, the window opened onto the airshaft, the door directly onto the stairs--the queen bed looked very small, I called and asked, is this really a queen or has it shrunk. It's really a queen I was assured. Outside the window was a loud compressor noise. I went to look Opps. It wasn't outside, it was inside. Our radiator. We became acquainted with the handyman. One of the nicest I've encountered. You have to change rooms, he muttered. The helpful desk assured us, we have a nice king. It was the handicapped room. Too bad for anyone handicapped. This time we had time to measure--Marriott's standard for a king is actually a queen--60 inches. the distance between the wall and the bed, 36 1/2 inches, handicapped standard 36 inches. And it would be almost impossible to maneuover a wheel chair for the sharp left turn into the bathroom and to add insult to injury the quote on the door (all the doors have quotes from the famed denizens of the round table) is one from Robert Benchley about patients in hospitals who leave his books behind. The handyman returned because those high tech overhead lights MacWilder writes about in his review didn't work nor could we get channel 5 on our t.v.--not a problem for us but it could be next week for super bowl fans. And the heat didn't work once it was lowered to 72. At 76, it was a sauna. At 72 the airconditioner roared. Outside temp, 18 degree. I would repeat MacWilder's review, he captures most of the problems of this unfortunate hotel. I discovered the trick about the one bar of soap that everyone mentions-- you can't ask for another one but if you unwrap it and put it in the shower--a second one appeared the next morning. There's no real maid service, don't expect luxury amenties like turn downs, extra towels, robes, and don't order the continental breakfast--our vouchers were worth $24, the price of a continental breakfast--for packaged croissants and muffins and some kind of off the shelf danish. Our waiter who told us he had worked there for 36 years seems to have been relegated to Saturday a.m. service--if you can't get rid of a union waiter--give him a bad shift--too bad, full of personality and he knew what he was doing--the weekday waiter was clueless. Ditto MacWilder's comments about the doormen, bellstaff that seem to spend most of their time hanging out around the desk--there's rarely anyone at the door to get luggage, hail a cab, or watch who is coming in or out. There's a sense that everyone is really nice and nobody is in charge. Security is non existent. Anyone can walk in, wander through the lobby-bar, get on the elevator and roam freely through the halls. There's a notice in the rooms about not responding to calls from someone claiming to be the desk asking for credit card info. And the lighting in the public areas downstairs is terrible. They either need younger guests or better lighting especially in those elevators where you can't see the floor buttons.

There's no indication it's a Marriott. The sign outside says Autograph Collection. Are they too embarassed to put their name on it? This is not a luxury hotel. But neither was the old Algonquin. It made its reputation by being rakish, off beat, shabby and affordable. The Time Square area has always had its share of tourist hotels. Why try to raise expectations about the Algonquin? The renovation, the rooms, the furnishings, the amenities (two bottles of water and an ice bucket) the services, the restaurant don't meet the standard for a luxury hotel. Why the misleading marketing? I think it was Dorothy Parker who put in many years at that famed round table (where did it go by the way? it was no longer in evidence) who said "you can't make a pig's purse out of a sow's ear." Or whatever happened to truth in advertising?

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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GJBudge, General Manager at The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2014

Greetings and thank you for taking time to express your candid opinion about The Algonquin Hotel, thank you too for your business.

The Algonquin is always open to feedback and The Algonquin takes great pride in the hotel, its team of associates and the service style offered to the many guests who have visited the hotel over the past number of years.

While it likely will not change your opinion of The Algonquin, it is worth noting:

The Algonquin was the tallest building on the street when it opened in 1902, as time progressed other buildings were built around the hotel and views did become limited.
When a mechanical error is identified, the hotel does move a guest to a different location whenever possible. In your case to an accessible room, which was built to Americans with Disability Act standards, including clearances. All ADA guest rooms have king size beds in the room, 72” wide, queen size mattresses do measure 60” wide. The Algonquin rooms are not large and are well appointed with ample receptacles for recharging personal devices found at convenient heights, there are a number of other features and amenities as well.
Algonquin ADA rooms have had high praise from guests with disabilities for not looking like an institutional space, rather one that incorporates the necessities with a sense of style.
Guests who desire a second bar of soap usually call guest service to make the request and a second bar is delivered.
Guest rooms are serviced daily and turn-down or twice daily housekeeping is not part of the hotel’s standards.
The Algonquin is a part of Autograph Collection, one of the brands of Marriott International. You are correct, there is no visible Marriott signage in the hotel, and instead Autograph Collection marking is used.
The hotel does have the benefit of the Marriott Reward loyalty program at its disposal for qualified guest use.
The hotel does not bake its own pastry for breakfast, breakfast product such as Danish and croissant are delivered daily by Balthazar Bakery located in the Soho area of the city, a well respected member of the city’s culinary scene.
The waiter to whom you refer is a long term associate who has received compliments and accolades from around the world during his storied career.

Thank you again for sharing your opinion and for visiting The Algonquin.

Gary J. Budge
General Manager

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Address: 59 W 44th St, Between Fifth & Sixth Ave, New York City, NY 10036-6613
Region: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#60 Green Hotel in New York City
#103 Family Hotel in New York City
#114 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#126 Business Hotel in New York City
#144 Luxury Hotel in New York City
Price Range: £196 - £511 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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