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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
My wife and I stayed at The Algonquin on the evenings of June 7 and 8, 2019. We loved the hotel with all its old school charm and its proximity to the Theater District. The staff were charming and pleasant. The restaurant and bar were exceptional. Our room was clean and comfortable with one exception. The street noise was borderline unbearable. We had a window unit A/C unit that was not seated properly and made us feel as if we were sleeping out on the street. Improvements in sound insulation are sorely needed. If we return to The Algonquin, we will be asking for an interior room, far away from the street noise.
Absolutely terrible experience here. Checked out after first night of a three-night stay. Bad experiance Started at check in. Arrived around midnight and had to wait 20 minutes to check in. Refused to honor the booked rate, so at that hour I was just needing a room I accepted the higher rate and planned on speaking to the manager the next night but room was so awful it pointless as i would not stay due to the room. As a Titanium Elise pushing my 60th night of the year I was placed in what must of been the worst room available. I checked online and there were numerous better rooms available. Only positive was the service in the restaurant/bar was top notch. Will not be back.
This breaks my heart to write this but be warned: it’s not the Algonquin any more and it’s not even a good Marriott. Instead of the best martini in Manhattan I got one of the worst I have ever had and it’s in a champagne cocktail glass not a classic martini. This trip we chose the restaurant at the Algonquin specifically to celebrate what would have been our Dad’s birthday. We had been here before the 2010 take over and renovation. How disappointing! My husbands food was okay but my sister and I split a steak and ordered it rare. Big surprise: it’s over cooked. We send it back and then **the waiter comes back with the steak and yells at us that we are wrong **!! Can you believe? With an almost infinite number of choices of every possible kind of restaurant just don’t waste your time and money here. The first time I went to the Algonquin was magical but the last time was a nightmare. And although the marketing info claims they still have the “hotel cat” he’s not wandering the place like he once did he’s on display in a window 😿and you cannot interact with him. Just altogether awful.
Conveniently located for 2 night business stay. 3rd floor room facing 44th St. was compact, but nevertheless comfortable. All amenities (including free WiFi) were serviceable and in good working order. Because of scheduling, I wound up eating dinner in the hotel restaurant both nights. While this helped offset the mandatory resort fee upcharge, the range of menu selections is pretty uninspiring. To be clear, while the food was actually quite good, there just wasn’t sufficient choice to dine in 2 consecutive nights.
Overall value and restaurant disappointments aside, my rating is boosted by superior ambiance and a professional hotel staff that seemed focused on my comfort and the small courtesies. As with so many things, the human touch makes all the difference.
Can't speak highly enough about this hotel. Unique and full of literary history. Staff are professional, friendly and attentive. Rooms small but beautifully appointed. Location couldn't have been better for the theater. I'll be back!