Situated in the heart of New York City, The Algonquin Hotel is one of the most storied of hotels in the city that never sleeps. Scores of luminous personalities provide the hotel with plenty of intrigue, while The Algonquin staff members provide this luxury hotel with disarming character.

Some famous patrons and their interesting stories:

  • Members of the legendary Algonquin Round Table like Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, and Edna Ferber made The Algonquin Hotel their daily meeting spot.
  • William Faulkner wrote his 1950 Nobel Prize speech in his Algonquin Suite.
  • The Algonquin Oak Room launched the careers of Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall, Andrea Marcovicci, Michael Feinstein, Jane Monheit, Peter Cincotti, and Jamie Cullum.
  • Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe wrote My Fair Lady in Lerner’s suite at the Algonquin.
  • Most frequent overseas visitors are from the UK, among them Gertrude Lawrence, Noel Coward (whose suite was dedicated in 2005), Laurence Olivier, Jeremy Irons, Graham Greene, Tom Stoppard, Charles Laughton, Diana Rigg, and Anthony Hopkins.
  • Harold Ross secured funding for the New Yorker from a fellow poker player in the hotel’s “Thanatopsis Pleasures and Inside Straight Club.”
  • Among teenagers who made the hotel their first home were Alabama’s Tallulah Bankhead and England’s Angela Lansbury.
  • Algonquin honeymooners include Douglas Fairbanks and Orson Welles.
  • Famous female visitors to the hotel range from Salvation Army Commander Evangeline Booth to Gertrude Stein to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

However, you don’t need to be famous or pedigreed to be embraced by hospitality at The Algonquin Hotel. Take for instance The Algonquin Cat, who is perhaps the most famous guest. The story goes, “In the late 1930s, a rather disheveled feline wandered into the hotel searching for food and shelter. Ever the quintessential host, owner Frank Case welcomed the furry traveler into The Algonquin and a tradition was born.”

The tradition continues with Matilda, the current resident cat at The Algonquin. Pet owners and their furry pets may take advantage of the Friends of Matilda Package. This package includes:

  • Two night accommodation in a queen room
  • Welcome amenity letter from Matilda, the resident feline
  • Replica plush of Matilda
  • Health & Beauty secrets for the pampered cat
  • Two cocktails to enjoy in our inviting Lobby
  • 10% discount off our best available retail rate
  • Two-night minimum length of stay
  • 156 Deluxe King or Queen rooms
  • 25 Premier Suites–featuring separate living areas with sofa beds
  • Complimentary WiFi, for high-speed Internet access
  • Dual-line speakerphone, with conference call capability and voice mail
  • Data ports
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • A signature pillow-top Algonquin bed
  •  Luxurious duvets, wool throw blankets, and 350-thread-count sheets
  • Flat-screen televisionPlush terry robes
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Electronic in-room safe
  • Signature bath amenities
  • Back-lit make-up mirrors
  • iHome clock radio with MP3 capabilities
  • Ample power access in convenient locations
  • Superior ambient lighting
The Algonquin Hotel 
59 West 44th Street, Between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, NY 10036
Hotel & Reservations: 212-840-6800
The Algonquin Hotel is a Marriott Hotel.


Photos are courtesy of The Algonquin Hotel.


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