I stayed one night at the historic Algonquin Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Located near Bryant Park, the hotel was built in 1902 and was renovated in 2012. It's best known for the "round table" in the restaurant where writers Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley and Robert E. Sherwood met regularly, and were soon joined by others. These meeting led to the creation of "The New Yorker" magazine and influenced the writing of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.
Like moste New York hotels, the rooms are smaller than what you'd find in most American cities. Mine was about the size of a bedroom, with a double bed, night stands, small desk, arm chair, small dresser, and flat screen TV. There's a closet and bathroom with shower. For me, the size was reasonably comfortable. The shower stall was very narrow--about 2-1/2 feet wide, and a lot of water leaked out, drenching the bath mat. But other than that, I found the room clean and comfortable.
Being a historic hotel and in the heart of New York, though, the room is a reasonable size and met my needs. Theres an in-room thermostat to control the temperature, and complientary bottles of water. It's nicely decorated with modern Art Deco pieces, and even has built in book lights in homage to its literary fame. The staff was friendly, helpful and efficient. I requested a quiet room and was given exactly that. The 7th floor room faced the alley, and apart from the occasional distant siren or door closing in the hall, it was very quiet. Probably the most quiet room I've ever had in NYC.
I would definitely stay here again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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