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
Nice friendly checked in, fabulously old authentic lobby area. Stayed here 5 nights in a suite before heading off to Miami. The Broadway Theatre Suite on floor 10 was OK in terms of space and global positioning! Not so good things - all the hotel doors “smash” shut very loudly, two small bottles of water every day, no kettle / tea / coffee making facilities in the room, no refrigerator or mini bar, no room service, squeaky bed, lumpy pillows, only two elevators which at times, seemed to take forever.... and overall, a little bit “tired”.
Now the lovely lady in the reception had an empty refrigerator delivered to the lounge area of the suite on the floor, and advised us there was complimentary tea and coffee in the lobby area... I like a coffee while I am waking up and getting ready for the day, and really did not want to walk downstairs with my night attire on.
Staff is the Blue Bar fell into very district categories - nice, or rude... When the rude staff were on we wouldn’t staff very long in there - there are plenty of nice bars around this place!Breakfast wasn’t bad at all and they serve until 11 AM - which suited our vacation sleeping pattern perfectly...
I was quite surprised to find the Algonquin was a Marriott Hotel. It’s unlike a Chain Hotel and I believe it was built in the 20’s.
It’s located in the perfect spot for Broadway and Times Square.
We drove to NYC for the weekend to see 2 Shows. We left the car with the Valet and never needed it again until we checked out.
The hotel is so centrally located that we walked everywhere that we needed to go.
The Decor is charming, rooms are Clean with just enough space for a weekend trip. The lobby is beautiful. We happened to be there just after Thanksgiving and before Christmas. There were beautiful trees decorated and the entire downstairs seemed to twinkle.
Very Friendly Staff.
We are headed back for the NY Marathon and we are staying here again.
Charming hotel with a cute lobby cat. This is a historical hotel and has charm but also some drawbacks. We were lucky enough to get a suite. However bathroom is still small. Windows should be replaced as they are thin causing noise and sleep issues. It would be nice to have coffee machines in the rooms but there is none. There is one in lobby but I went down at 2pm and was told it was closed? Good location and friendly staff, including Hamlet the cat!