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The Algonquin

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At a Glance

    Pros

  • free Internet
  • friendly, knowledgable staff
  • central location

    Cons

  • some small rooms

Fodorite Reviews

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The Algonquin Review

One of Manhattan's most historic properties, the Algonquin is a landmark of literary history. In 2012 the hotel completed a gut renovation that preserved its character—think oak paneling and pillars in the lobby—but modernized the rooms with contemporary comforts. Now this centenarian property features modern technology such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and iPod docks alongside striking photographs of old New York. Renovated bathrooms have glass walk-in showers along with plush robes and towels. Hordes of literary enthusiasts fill the clubby lobby; signed works of former Round Table raconteurs can be checked out in the library. The Round Table restaurant serves three meals daily with plenty of space for animated conversation while the Blue Bar has the type of cool, chic atmosphere that inspires you to order a martini.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 59 W. 44th St., between 5th and 6th Aves. Midtown West, New York, NY 10036 | Map It
  • Phone: 212/840–6800; 800/555–8000
  • Website:
  • Subway: B, D, F, M to 42nd St.
  • Location: Midtown West

    Hotel Details

  • 156 rooms, 25 suites.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 02-20-2014

Fodorite Reviews

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    Great Lobby & Bellstaff-Rude Concierge

    All that the Algonquin has going for it comes from the hotel's historical legacies -- the renovated architecture, the legends of the Round Table that the current managers have packaged with a theme park mentality instead of with the subtlety and taste that their previous literary clientele enjoyed at the hotel in its earlier years.
    Thanks to the historical sensitivity of new owners in the 1980's who did the hotels first major renovations, much of the hotel's architecture and style has been restored to period and remains intact. However the current owners have reduced the cosmetic decor to a caricature of the history by putting up wallpaper with "New Yorker" cartoons. Also the white paint in the rooms ruins any sense of the period of the hotel's glory days. The rooms are so small and dated that their charm and appeal only comes from their history, so this aspect has been damaged -- although it could be reversed with new wallpaper.
    The life of the hotel emanates from some of the legendary bellstaff, who have been with the hotel for decades. They are the best in NYC because of their personalities.
    Outside of the bellstaff, the front desk, and housekeeping, service is dicey. The hostesses and waitstaff in the lobby area were inattentive and patronizing. They seemed to focus on the late middle-aged men. This seems to be a hotel for the 55+crowd
    The concierge we encountered in March 2007 was rude, incompetent, and coarse.. She represented the opposite of the legendary Algonquin service and manners
    The rooms and bathrooms are miniscule compared to other hotels of comparable price in NYC. All that this hotel has to offer on a competitive basis is history and service. The management really needs to rethink its full utilization of the hotel's history -- changing its approach from exploitation to respect.
    And they need to retrain the hotel's waitstaff and find a new concierge.

    by JenniM, 3/14/07

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