Fodor's Expert Review The Algonquin

59 W. 44th St., between 5th and 6th Aves., New York, New York, 10036, USA See on Map

One of Manhattan’s most storied properties, the Algonquin is a landmark of literary history—think oak paneling and pillars in the lobby—but with modernized rooms and contemporary comforts. Signed works of former Round Table raconteurs can be checked out in the library.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Standard rooms are a tight 165-square-feet (!!!).


Striking black-and-white photographs of old New York take center stage in the modern rooms, with tufted leather headboards, big work desks, and carpets with contemporary patterns.

The John Barrymore Suite is a big, split-level suite with a deep soaking tub and enough room for entertaining.


Renovated bathrooms have glass walk-in showers along with plush robes and towels plus Beekman 1802 bath products.


Leather couches, comfy armchairs, and oak paneled walls decorate the spacious lobby lounge. Snacks and drinks are served in this restored space.


Once the preferred gathering place of writers like Dorothy Parker, The Round Table restaurant is a literary landmark. Today, three meals a day are served, with plenty of space—in the longstanding tradition of the Algonquin—for animated conversation.


The hotel bar, Blue Bar, has been around since 1933. A renovation in 2012 brought a contemporary feel to the space, including a (very fitting) blue glow to the lighting.


Getting Around

Located on West 44th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue, this hotel is centrally located for exploring midtown Manhattan landmarks and for shopping along 5th Avenue. The subway is nearby with B, D, F, M, and 7 train service at 42nd Street/Bryant Park. Taxis and Uber are plentiful in the area but traffic congestion can be a problem.


Italian classics like spaghetti alle vongole are served at Osteria al Doge (3-minute walk), a cozy restaurant with a long bar and banquette seating. Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is behind the elegant Lambs Club (3-minute walk), a popular power lunch and pre-theater restaurant. For quality food, fast, check out the upscale food hall UrbanSpace Vanderbilt (8-minute walk)-- pizza, lobster rolls, ramen bowls, and more are all under one roof here.


For a quiet cocktail in a civilized space, make a reservation for a plush chair by the fireplace at Lantern’s Keep (1-minute walk). Experience midtown’s rooftop scene with a drink above the Refinery Hotel at the Refinery Rooftop (7-minute walk).


The Algonquin offers a nice mix of modern updates and historic roots in one attractive property. We love the clubby lobby lounge, the atmosphere of the Round Table restaurant, and the literary accents throughout.


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Phones: 212-840–6800;800-555–8000

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