Algonquin Hotel

, New York City, United States
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Algonquin Hotel

, New York City
4 star

Rooms: 174

59 West 44th St - New York City - New York - 10036 - United States 212/840-6800
630 Traveller

Reviews - Algonquin Hotel

Tattered Gem
Submitted by: Ann Bradford in 27/06/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
The service was great. Very friendly staff. Wonderful boutique hotel feeling, needs updating.
From Disappointing to Pleasant
Submitted by: Anna Kindl in 23/05/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
I booked the Hotel because I knew about his reputation from an old relative who had been one of your faithful guests of your hotel in the past. I booked through the web, however I will never again go through that method. As soon as arrived and for a few days after, we had the most uncomfortable, small and gloomy room we ever experienced in an hotel. Finally a
normal room became available looking at the front of the hotel and our stay became more pleasant. We found the staff very kind and helpfull, the atmosphere quite pleasant and the location wonderful. We did not have a very pleasant and welcoming experience with the staff of your restaurant. As a matter of fact, after the first 2 attempts, we decided to go elsewhere for our breakfast.
The bar was quite pleasant and we often enjoyed our evening drinks there.
This is quite sincere, even if at times harsh evaluation of your hotel. Personally I would stay there again, not so my husband.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Algonquin Hotel

How wonderful

from A TripAdvisor Member
Unlike any hotel I have stayed in--It's an oasis in the midst of the hussle and bussle of Manhattan-the charm, the convenience and the service all make the Algonquin the place to be in NYC!

Charming and elegant

from peroxide_steam
Just returned from a lovely trip to New York. Booked the Algonquin because the friend I travelled with fancied the sound of it. Some of the reviews on here were a bit off-putting, but we were very pleasantly surprised. We booked a twin room and asked if we could possibly have a quiet one. The room was described as 'cosy' on the web site, so we had no grand expectations. As it happened we were very pleasantly surprised, the room was plenty big enough, quiet, had a lovely window seat, built in wardrobe and shower room. It was neither musty nor stale as one of the other reviews said. The staff were great, really friendly and helpful. If you prefer atmosphere and class over soul-less and sterile, then this is definitely the place for you. We also got a really good rate by booking directly from their own website.

stay here to live history

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Algonquin last fall when switching up my routine from the usual large hotels in NYC. The Algonquin is not the place to go when looking for big time amenities and the hustle and bustle of the city. One has to appreciate this gem for what it really is. A historic site! You will have to contend with smallish rooms and somewhat outdated and worn interiors. To me that didn't matter as the hotel's atmosphere is one of a kind. The staff truely bends over backwards if you give them the deserved respect and I think most have worked there forever. I also got to see the house cat (forget its name) which is just another one of many traditions. The adjacent hotel bar offers stiff drinks (at equally stiff fare) mixed by bar tenders that seem to be part of the antique interior. If you are looking for a truely unique hotel with great service and don't mind a small room the Algonquin is a great place to stay during a visit to the big apple.


from A TripAdvisor Member
Wonderful hotel, excellent location, lovely, friendly staff. Would definatly stay here again!!

Quaint, Friendly, Perfect Location, Delightful

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed at the Algonquin 12/19/03 to 12/16/03. The staff were outstanding, the lobby, bar, and dining were superior. The room was cozy, clean and charming with down pillows (at my request). A very European hotel in the center of the action in New York City. I loved it!

Musty and Stale.

from A TripAdvisor Member
I had high expectations since Orbitrz and Expedia had it a notch below the Plaza. It is not even close. The people there are nice and the common areas are comfortable and warm. Unfortunately the room was a disappointment. It was worn and tired, as well as musty. I prefer clean and fresh. I could see where some old blue blood might like it but not me. The decanter was full upon arrival but it was also dusty. Not very appealing. Had high expectations but its reputation is hard to live up to.

Loved the Algonquin.

from A TripAdvisor Member
To all those people who are planning a trip to New York, My best suggestion for a hotel stay is The Algonquin Hotel. I have never seen more of a beautiful hotel with such lovely staff especially Mike the door man, he is the nicest and kindest person you will ever meet in life. The front desk was so helpful in getting me checked in and out. I can't believe there speed and efficiency. The reservation department gave me the best rate out there helped me understand how to use there internet website and had a very friendly personality. If I had a chance to live there I would, cause the staff made it feel like I was apart of the family.

t understand rating

from travlmarge
Granted, the hotel has history, but trying to get a good nights sleep is a whole different story. The windows are single pane - I think they built a building next to us during the night. It was soo noisy you could hear honking and noises the entire evening. The room was tiny even for New York standards. The lampshade was actually torn and stained and looked like it belonged in a shady hotel(looked worse than a salvation army lampshade). This was evidence of how clean the overall room was with black hairs in the bathtub...yuk. The beds were small hard and uncomfortable. We changed hotels for the remainder of nights.
Extremely disappointed, especially after the good reviews here.

Over rated and shabby

from Dallerton53
I expected the Algonquin to be a classy hotel full of charm and character. How wrong was I ! The suite I stayed in was in serious need of refurbishment, grubby carpet and grubby walls. There were two large windows in the suite but they opened up onto 3 very tall walls , I had no idea from looking out of the window what the weather was like or even what time of day it was. I found the staff - especially reception - to be offhand to the point of rudeness. Although this area of NY has apparently been 'cleaned up' over the past few years, I still found it a little on the sleazy side. Not unlike London's Soho. I definitely would not stay in this area or at this hotel again BUT I loved New York and will return next year.

The Great Algonquin...Like no other!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Fantastic experience!! The service was excellent and Matilda - cat, was absolutey gorgeous!!! I just want to share with everyone that everything was perfect. My partner and I also attended Oak Room for a fabulous show - Stacie Kent was just awesome. I will definitley come back to stay at The Algonquin - you just can not find better services here than the brand name hotels. I can't wait until I go back to NYC soon!!!

Top Local Tips for New York City

Don't forget to picnic Check out those little convenience store-looking places - there seem to be two types. The ones that have steam tables and pannini (sp?) really do have great lunch dishes. Just don't be dumb like us and try to eat inside the stores! They usually have tables - but you're supposed to get it to go and then find one of New York's endless parks, pocket gardens, etc. to people watch and browse the sights while dining. I had the best salads - and ate vegetarian to my heart's content - and I am not a stickler for veggies, it's just a preference. Hmmm. Good food. I'm used to L.A.'s endless chain cafes in strip malls - this was so much better. Anyway, we found two that we liked a very great deal - and while you're there, be sure to stock up on whatever it is they don't have at your hotel or that's too expensive to get from room service. We found we needed batteries, matches, etc.

BIke taxi is too expensive. Definitely go to Museum of Natural History! Don't take a bicycle taxi. Dangerous and very expensive, like twenty dollars for a block and a half. I just didn't want to walk in my high heels that far to our Chicago Broadway show. New York Museum of Natural History is fantastic.

Going to a Broadway show? Check out for discounted tix!


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  • Address: 59 West 44th St - New York City - New York - 10036 - United States
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