The Algonquin Hotel

Midtown, New York

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The hotel

One of New York’s prized historic buildings, The Algonquin first opened its doors to the public on November 22, 1902. Attracting the glitterati with its luxury accommodation and Time Square location, it’s been popular ever since and not just with humans! Yes, you read that right – several cats have also called The Algonquin home – each named Hamlet or Matilda according to gender and afforded the same hospitality as everyone else. Guest rooms are second to none in the city, effortlessly combining old world elegance with cutting edge amenities and stunning city views. There’s a fitness centre for the enthusiast or simply order a cocktail from the iconic Blue Bar, one of the most desirable meeting places in NYC and indulge in a bit of people watching instead. The Round Table Restaurant is another sought-after destination, once the haunt of literary and theatrical notables it is now one of the places to see and be seen.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Close to City Centre

Where is it

Just a block from Times Square and steps from Fifth Avenue shopping. Transfer time from John F. Kennedy International Airport: 45 minutes.

Hotel information

181 rooms and suites. All with air-conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, iPod docking station, iHome clock radio, mini-bar*, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe, hairdryer, and iron and board. Guest Rooms are approximately 165–190 sq ft with 1 queen-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Deluxe Queen Guest Rooms are 240 sq ft, with 1 queen-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

1-Bedroom Suites are 440 sq ft and have separate living room, with 1 king-size bed plus sofa bed in the living room, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Round Table Restaurant (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Blue Bar (open for lunch and dinner). Lobby Lounge (open for lunch and dinner). Fitness centre. Complimentary WiFi. Babysitting service* (on request). Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. 24-hour room service*. Valet parking $55 for standard vehicles and $65 for oversized vehicles, plus tax per day (payable locally, subject to change).

*Denotes local charge.

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Traveller rating

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May 3, 2022 D6566QYlindak

The character of the hotel appears to be changing with Marriott renovations. There was no restaurant or bar.... Fortunately, there are other choices nearby -- late-night places for a drink or early-morning breakfasts. One of our favorites is Un Deux Trois in the next block for dinner, breakfast, drinks late at night.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Small rooms but great location

May 2, 2022 divefan St. Helena, California

This was our go-to hotel in Manhattan when we would take the kids to NYC, back in the day. This was our first visit since it became a Marriott property. We stayed in a standard King. This a historic hotel, so the rooms and especially the bathrooms are small, but at least now they're cleaned up and modernized. Hint: The ice machine is on the… Read more
This was our go-to hotel in Manhattan when we would take the kids to NYC, back in the day. This was our first visit since it became a Marriott property. We stayed in a standard King. This a historic hotel, so the rooms and especially the bathrooms are small, but at least now they're cleaned up and modernized. Hint: The ice machine is on the second floor, in a small lounge area. There is bottled water in the fridge in the adjacent gym. This area also has two large, clean private bathrooms, if you want to escape from your cramped room space and have some privacy. Unfortunately, the bar and food services were closed during our visit. The coffee from the coffee machine in the hotel lobby was pretty awful. Better to go next door to the Red Flame. The ambiance of the lobby has changed. I sort of preferred to old-fashioned living room feel of the original, with its many private spaces. Now the seating has that open feel that appeals to the youngsters. The updated version is comfortable and as long as they don't start playing loud music when the bar opens, it should be OK. This location is a short walk from the Times Square craziness. It was an easy walk to Birdland, and to the Off Broadway New World Stages. The Algonquin cat is still in residence, but has had to be put on a diet, poor kitty. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Another great stay at the Algonquin

Apr 29, 2022 pknot Bedminster, Pennsylvania

I have been coming to the Algonquin for close to 30 years. it is a landmark hotel that always makes me feel good whenever I stay. The staff is among the nicest, and what amazes me that no matter how long it has been since I have been there, I am always greeted like a returning friend. Some even know my name. Because of the pandemic it has been a… Read more
I have been coming to the Algonquin for close to 30 years. it is a landmark hotel that always makes me feel good whenever I stay. The staff is among the nicest, and what amazes me that no matter how long it has been since I have been there, I am always greeted like a returning friend. Some even know my name. Because of the pandemic it has been a few years since I visited, but when I returned this year, each of my checkins have gone quickly and efficiently. I have stayed in three different rooms since my return and liked each one of them. The beds were comfortable, the closets just the right size. The desks are good and so are the chairs. On my last visit I stayed with a room that faced 44th Street, and while I did hear traffic at times, one has to expect this being right off Times Square. But that reveals one of the other things I love about the hotel, it is perfectly located. Not only are you close to the theater district, and a few museums, you are also close to the subway and bus routes so you can get anywhere in town pretty easily. I also love to invite people to meet me in the lobby of the hotel, one of the great experiences in NYC. The lobby has a great atmosphere, and is very comfortable. I have met some really wonderful people there who were also staying at the hotel, as the lobby seems to both give you privacy when you need it but can also be very social. Friends and business associates enjoy it as well. They have excellent free wifi, and now they have moved the Blue Bar into the renovated lobby, it saves us all a few steps and will make it all the more convivial. And there is delightful Hirschfeld artwork throughout the lobby and the renovated and expanded Oak Room. I love history and was initially concerned about the renovations, but it is better than ever. The expanded Oak Room is what the hotel was missing, as it now has a place one could have an event, dinner, wedding, or conference. I love the hotel's history and hope they continue to link to that history. With the renovation it is nice that that pay homage to the past, but they are clearly not beholden to it. I enjoy seeing the hotel's cat, Hamlet. The warm feeling in the lobby, the nice staff and rooms, makes for a very comfortable almost "homey" experience. it is a real home away form home for me, and judging by the people I have met in the lobby, they feel the same. Read less
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Apr 28, 2022 rainnovelli Fairfield, Connecticut

We had such a fantastic experience at the Algonquin! The check-in process was extremely efficient, and our suite was lovely with a great view. They have absolutely mastered the balance between vintage charm and modern comfort. Although our visit was quick, it was very enjoyable and I can't wait to come back!
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Apr 25, 2022 Michele C Rome, Italy

We have been there at the end of March, for our Anniversary. Among about 20 picture there are 7 images of the blue bar and the dining room, also described in the text as the main attraction. Indeed, the blue bar is under renovation since two years, The Magee said it is written in a banner… therefore you do not have breakfast and even a room… Read more
We have been there at the end of March, for our Anniversary. Among about 20 picture there are 7 images of the blue bar and the dining room, also described in the text as the main attraction. Indeed, the blue bar is under renovation since two years, The Magee said it is written in a banner… therefore you do not have breakfast and even a room service is missing (even for a bottle of water) , the laundry is not functioning and the housekeeping was not done both in the rooms (1017 and 1015) I had occupied with my family on the 27th, Sunday. The heating is unbelievably noisy (it seems to sleep close to a train station). Last, but not least, I just had the opportunity of reading the most recent traveller reviews on tripadvisor, many of them refer to the unfriendly staff, which was my experience too. In my particular situation I would have appreciated some attention during my stay, nothing at all. Read less