Waldorf-Astoria

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

The Waldorf is undeniably historic, and while we'd definitely recommend a cocktail at the classic Bull and Bear Bar downstairs, a night in one of the small standard rooms can feel a bit oppressive (and quite out of date) due to extensive use of floral patterns.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.

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

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical, Pet Friendly
Sophisticated
Central
Grande Dame

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 212-355–3000 | 800-925–3673

HOTEL DETAILS

1,027 rooms, 208 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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