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Waldorf-Astoria

  • 301 Park Ave. Map It
  • Midtown East
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Pros

  • Historic Art Deco building filled with NYC's aristocratic, gangster, and jazz histories
  • Best Waldorf salad in town
  • Knowledgeable doormen

Cons

  • Rooms not up-to-date
  • More about the name than the experience
  • In-hotel Starbucks costs twice as much as those around the corner

Published 06/26/2015

Fodor's Review

The Waldorf is undeniably historic, and presidents usually stay here thanks to the security of the drive-in entrance, but we'd recommend a cocktail at the classic Bull and Bear Bar downstairs rather than a night in one of the small standard rooms, which can feel a bit oppressive with their extensive floral patterns. The lobby of this landmark 1931 Art Deco masterpiece, full of murals, mosaics, and elaborate plaster ornamentation, features a grand piano once owned by Cole Porter. The pricier and more luxurious Waldorf Towers (28th floor and up) has a separate entrance and management. The Waldorf is famous for its former residents; besides Porter, these have included Herbert Hoover and Nikola Tesla. The luxurious and modern Guerlain Spa is a perk.

Hotel Information

Address:

301 Park Ave., between 49th and 50th sts., New York, New York, 10022, USA

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Phone:

212-355–3000; 800-925–3673

Hotel Details:

  • 1,113 rooms, 300 suites
  • Rate includes: No meals

Published 06/26/2015

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