Great weekend in NYC. Algonquin is a quaint, historic hotel with a literary past. The location is outstanding. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Rooms are small but well appointed. Recommend a high floor room to muffle street noise. Sipping a cocktail where the literary greats of years past mingled was amazing.
"Last time I give it a try"
This was my second stay at this hotel in the past few months. The rooms are unimpressive - either smelly of musty or bleach. Thankfully my second room was bleach. The hotels aroma though was so strong it gave me a headache and I was concerned my throats would close up. Not an impressive staff. Not worth the points.
Loved the history of the hotel and Patrick from the Round Table restaurant. He was very informative on the history. Our small suites were perfect but there were two BIG issues. We went for my daughters 21 st bday and I booked the hotel because of their connecting suites. Problem: The hotel could not guarantee that we would actually get the suites that connected. We had to move rooms after the first night which was a nuisance. Second problem: There is NO ROOM SERVICE. this is not advertised anywhere. I went to the hotel in advance (from CA) 2 weeks prior to make sure that everything would be in order. I told them of all my plans, which included mimosas upon arrival etc. I was never informed that they seized room service the year before and they did not tell me. I certainly would have chosen another hotel. Aside from that, if you are looking for a regular place to stay, longer term, this is your place (without room service). Although a fridge in the room would certainly be nice and was expected and we didn't even have that.
"Tremendous hotel with impeccable service, cozy lobby, and a cat"
This hotel is ideal in so many ways: it's large enough to justify having a nice lobby and facilities, but not so large as the big generic hotels. The lobby is incredibly cozy and welcoming, and I felt comfortable as soon as I sat down. My wife loved seeing Matilda the cat, who was sitting on the reception desk as we checked in. OK, so Matilda will take a nip at you if you try to pet her, but she sure looks pretty. The rooms were elegant and very solid. The furnishings are very nice without being fussy. The views are nothing to speak of, but how often do you have a great view from a NYC hotel' There were a few minor problems with the bathroom (shower handle fell off, door handle was loose), but I notified the from desk and they seemed attentive. I think I've found my new "go-to" hotel in NYC.
"Small -but nice- rooms and overpriced bar with dress code (I was asked to take my drink to my room)"
I chose the Algonquin since I am a Marriot Elite member and the location was excellent, close to Bryant Park, Times Square and Rockefeller Center. The rooms are very small but upgraded and nice. My room 1108 was right by the elevator and faced offices with little privacy. As noted by previous reviewers there is no room service or food options after 10pm. There are a lot of restaurants near the hotel but after traveling from the west coast it would have been nice to at least have a few snack options. I dropped by the Blue Bar in the afternoon for a glass of wine and paid $19 for an average glass of wine and was basically asked to take the drink up to my room. I was wearing a nice blouse and dark pants with flats so not sweatpants but not business attire. I have never been asked to leave an establishment before and it was embarrassing and I was honestly offended by the tone of the bartender. I can't recommend staying here to my colleagues, I would highly recommend the Renaissance Times Square instead. I stayed there last month and fully enjoyed their facility, big rooms, beautiful décor and much friendlier bar service. Worth the small extra price!
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard - American Express - Diners Club - Japan Credit Bureau (JCB) - Discover
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM