By Laura, New York Guest Concierge
During the recent Hurricane Irene event in New York City I spent one night at The Algonquin Hotel. Here is my review of this magnificent “Grande Dame”.
Upon entering The Algonquin Hotel each guest is greeted by a friendly doorman and welcomed to proceed to the front desk for check-in. Staff is friendly,efficient,and very welcoming by explaining the history of the hotel as well as telling the “Matilda” story(I will get to that shortly). After check-in is completed, there is a bellman waiting to take luggage to your room. The amenities are explained and the bellman will answer any questions you have and will direct you for further information to the concierge in the lobby.
The Algonquin Hotel is the oldest operating hotel, dating back to 1902. Its “working lobby” is reminiscent of days when literary types like Dorothy Parker had working lunches here on a daily basis. Hence, the table used is now known as “The Round Table” and is now the name of the Algonquin’s restaurant.
Matilda III is the resident rag doll cat who roams the lobby and visits with each and every guest. She is also part of the hotel’s unique tradition dating back to when a cat wondered into the hotel and the owner decided to make her the Algonquin mascot!
The room was elegant and cozy with old fashioned decor as well as modern amenities. The literary theme was consistently present from the wall paper to the Dorothy Parker door plaques with engraved quotes. An extremely comfortable bed and ear plugs courtesy of Matilda made for an awesome nights sleep.
Even with the storm raging outside, my stay at The Algonquin was relaxing and stress free, all and more of what every guest desires in a hotel stay. The Algonquin is an amazing hotel with character and history of by-gone years.