Algonquin Hotel, New York, New York
A hotel which exudes sophistication and elegance for over a century, the Algonquin Hotel also has its share of ghost stories. The members of the Round Table who were primarily critics and writers is still said to make their presence felt in the hotel. Some employees and guests have reported seeing members of the Round Table walking in the bar, lobby and the dining room.
One guest experienced two haunting incidents in the hotel. The guest was billeted on the ninth floor and he was awakened by a tapping sound from the bathroom. It was the like the sound of razor tapped on the side of a porcelain sink. The guest turned on the light and saw a completely empty bathroom.
The next incident occurred when the guest just came back from a cruise the following night. He took the elevator to his room on the ninth floor at almost 2 am. While he was walking to his room he heard footsteps coming up the stairwell. The sound got closer and closer but when he looked, there was no on one on the stairs.
When the hotel opened in 1902, it had 174 rooms. The hotel is best known for housing some of the best literary and theatrical minds. The most prominent of these geniuses was called the Algonquin Round Table. Frank Case, the hotel’s original owner established some of the hotel’s traditions. One of these traditions is to keep a cat. Male cats are named Hamlet and female cats are named Matilda.
The recent multi-million dollar renovation has upgraded the hotel’s amenities. There are also additional services which make the guest’s stay even more delightful. The Lobby has also been renovated. The Lobby serves cocktails, snacks and appetizers. Although it has been years since the original Round Table disbanded, the restaurant for which they were named after still exists. It still continues to be one of the most sought after restaurants today.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Blue Bar is a place where guests can enjoy ideas and cocktails together. The bar is enveloped with artworks from al Hirschfeld. The bar also offers a menu which will compliment the fine selection of wines, beers and cocktails.
- Wireless internet connection
- Flat-screen television
- Iron and ironing board
- Electronic in-room safe
- Plush terry robes
- Signature bath amenities
- Complimentary newspaper
- 350-count thread sheets
- Data ports
- Speakerphones with conference call capability
When staying in the Algonquin Hotel, you can be in the middle of it all. The restored hotel is smack in the middle of the excitement of the city. The city offers various attractions which everyone will enjoy. The Bronx Zoo, located in Fordham Road at the Bronx River Parkway is a great place to take the children too. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is also another great alternative.
The Carnegie Hall has been the home of great music for a very long time. Guests can listen to classical music, pop, rock and jazz. The Lincoln Center for Performing Arts located on Broadway and 64th street is also a must-see. Radio City Music Hall also features entertainment for both locals and guests. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a treasured landmark in New York which is currently in restoration.
The Statue of Liberty is also a landmark which must not be missed. It is the nation’s classic neoclassical sculpture which is located on Liberty Island.
- Rooms with queen beds start at $224
- Deluxe rooms with queen beds start at $249
- Suites start at $300