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
I was here for two nights. Staff are incredibly nice and the hotel has a ton of charm. The lobby is very elegant. It would be nice for a more romantic get away. My room had a very musty smell. They did try to freshen it for me but it came back. The two important things for me are the bed and the gym and those both fell short. Water pressure was decent. They did try to off some points to make up for the issue Wich I greatly appreciate. If you like the boutique feel this is a good choice... I ended up here due to other coworkers picking it and it just isn't my speed.
I was here with a few relatives in March. Staff is highly attentive. The food is excellent and the cocktails are strong. I recommend planning on staying awhile and take your time to enjoy the atmosphere, menu and cocktails. This is a place to indulge yourself.
I love the AC brand and expect a really special, cool hotel and the Algonquin doesn't disappoint. Every person that helped me was incredible. The gentleman that helped me to my room pointed out all the historical details along the way. They have a cat! (It does not really interact with people, so I wouldn't base your decision to stay off of your cat feelings.)The rooms are small, but that's typical for NYC, and my view was internal (I could only see the creepy hotel center). The cost of breakfast hurts my soul, but it was the best omelette in have had in my life. Overall, it's a good hotel and I enjoyed my stay.
We had 2 rooms. 1 room was upgraded to a king suite. Very comfortable bed. We requested a refrigerator for each room which were promptly delivered. Our TV did not have Netflix or Amazon access. Our other room did. The bathroom is very nice except for showering. The water can take 5-15 minutes to heat up. Excellent customer service. Can't wait to plan another stay.
Conveniently located just a few block from Grand Central Terminal and a few blocks (in the other direction) from Times Square, the Algonquin is a great home base for a trip to the city. As a historic landmark, it has great charm and ambiance. The rooms are on the smallish size, but typical for New York. All the staff we encountered were friendly and helpful, from the front desk to the bartender at the Blue Bar. Had a great stay and look forward to coming back again soon.