The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- The 1902 building dripping in literary history (and dressed up by a 2012 renovation)
- Broadway cartoons by bar regular Al Hirschfield lining the walls of the Blue Bar
- A central location steps from the theaters of Broadway
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What To Know
- The hotel’s mascot, Matilda the cat, presides over the lobby; feline fanciers will be delighted, cat-haters should look elsewhere
- As in most hotels in New York, rooms are on the small side
- Valet Parking is $55 daily, on-site self-parking is $35; you won’t need a car anyway
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Like New York itself, this hotel is both historic and of-the-moment. The site of the famous Algonquin Round Table, where assorted wits and journalists met for lunch in the 1920s and 30s, the Algonquin still has a scene-y restaurant, plus the art-filled Blue Bar and a midtown location that’s steps from Grand Central Station. Since its 2012 renovation, it’s also got all the modern conveniences you’d hope for, from free WiFi in the rooms (in case you want to become the next Algonquin wit) to a 24-hour fitness center that, like the city itself, never sleeps.
In the Area
Care to take in a Broadway show or a concert at Radio City Music Hall? An exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art or the American Folk Art Museum? Want to ride up to the top of the Empire State Building or stroll up Fifth Avenue to window-shop at Tiffany’s (no, you can’t really have breakfast there). Well, put away your cab fare because all of those sights are within walking distance of the hotel. So is Central Park, and, should you feel the need to hightail it to the country, Grand Central Station.
How to Get There
This historic hotel is beautiful and comfortable. Yes, the rooms are small, but the hotel was built in 1902. People didn't have or need as much back then. Besides, if you go to NYC and stay in your room much, you might want to reconsider why you go to NYC. The entire hotel was very clean. The staff was friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable. The location was blocks from Times Square, the theatre district, and 5th Ave shopping. It is central to everything. Bryant Park and the library are right around the corner. The hotel restaurants are incredible. I can't recommend this hotel enough if you want a central location that is comfortable and well-appointed.
We have spent many vacations at Marriott Autograph Collection hotels and hoped that this property would be on the same level as those other properties. While not everything measured up to Autograph stature, much was made up by the historic ambiance of this hotel. We want to give the greatest accolades to the staff. The bell man that took us to our room was so very proud to talk about the lovely history of this hotel as we went to our room. With the exception of our first encounter with the front desk agent, all others were exceptional staff. As a platinum premier member of Marriott, we expected to receive the best accommodations available when we checked in. We saw on the Marriott website that there was a one bedroom suite available for the second and third nights of our three day weekend. When we asked the desk clerk for this upgrade (as is always available to Marriott premier members) we were told that it was not available. Rather we were given a fourth floor king room facing the dumpster of the neighboring hotel. Okay, the room was roomy enough for a NYC hotel and was quiet and had everything we needed, but we had hoped for more as Platinum Premiere member. The following morning, we checked the website again, and the same upgrade was still showing as available, so we stopped at the desk again. This time, the woman explained that the one bedroom suite had recurring problems with bathroom flooding. It is unfortunate that a hotel of this quality has recurring problems with their most desirable rooms so that they are not available due to their inability to fix their problems yet remain as available on their website.
That being said, the historic nature of this property is outstanding. With few exceptions, we found the staff to be amazingly courteous, helpful, and had customer service at the forefront. We loved the Blue Bar, and had a nice breakfast each morning in the dining room. The elevators are both functioning now, so that is no longer a problem. The housekeeping staff did an excellent job and we liked greeting Hamlet, the cat, when he was nearby.
We loved the location and would consider returning to the Algonquin due to it's historic nature, however we will probably choose other Marriott properties for our future visits to Manhattan.
Love the history in this beautiful building! The staff knew all of the history and were very obliging when I asked to see The Oak room, which was the location of “The Round Table” of famous authors. Great wine and light munchies.
The Algonquin is a classic hotel, a bit old but filled with history and well appointed. The lobby is gothic. The room is a bit small but it fit a king size bed and typical by NYC standards - although the bathroom is very small - good thing I’m not big. You can see from the pic even the toilet roll was crunched over the toilet. Shower was 3x3x3 triangle? Actually the closet was about the same size as the bathroom. Air conditioner worked which was important the day I was there. Room was quiet but there were some little ones on the floor- family, not the hotels issue. Oh the elevator is a slow.
Breakfast was really good (simple bagel and lox but tasty) and the staff is super friendly.
This is a historic hotel, right off of Time Square. You can walk to all of the Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway shows in less than 10 minutes.
Historic Hotels are an acquired taste. If you like big box Hotels, this is NOT the place for you. The hotel was built in the 1920's, so do not be surprised when you get there. It has a smallish lobby, tight stairwells and only 2 elevators. The rooms are huge by NYC standards, but all the rooms have a single bed. Doubles are not a thing. We got a free rollaway and that made the room tight, but workable. We did not come to New York to stay in the room, we came to see shows and visit attractions.
Daniel and Eddie were extremely helpful in getting us settled and gave expert advice to get us where were going. My goal is stay in as many iconic Hotels as I can, and this one fit the bill. The only hitch was the elevator was pretty temperamental and slogging up and down 7 floors was a hell of a work out after walking for miles to see sites. All and all a memorable stay in great old hotel. Hey if ti was good enough for Dorothy Parker and George F Kaufman, who am I to complain?