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The Algonquin Hotel Lures Arts Community

Legendary Property Offers Writers Block Rate and Entertainment Union Recession Cocktail Special Throughout 2009

NEW YORK, NY, March 30, 2009 -- In these economic times everyone seems to be a starving artist. The Algonquin Hotel -- where the famous scribes of The Round Table were inspired to create The New Yorker and where world-famous musicians, such as Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall, launched their careers – is offering economically-friendly rates for struggling authors and actors alike.

The Algonquin has introduced the Writers Block Rate for writers suffering from any kind of “block,” whether creative or financial. From poet to playwright, novice to novelist, scribes need only show proof of their written work in-progress or published manuscript to take advantage of the special Writers Block Rate of 25% off the best available rate on a two-night minimum stay.

The hotel has a long history of inspiring literary legends. The Algonquin Round Table was established in 1919 and included famous literary scions such as Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, Harold Ross, and Robert Sherwood, who lunched together daily for over 10 years. Literary guests who are seeking inspiration and creative vibes will find the same solace they did in the hotel’s cozy, oak-paneled lobby and the hallways showered with classic New Yorker cartoons.

Due to its location near New York’s Theater District and its storied ambiance, the hotel has always welcomed its fair share of Broadway and Hollywood legends, including Orson Welles, Angela Lansbury and Frank Loesser. In order to maintain its reputation as a place that actors go to unwind, members of any entertainment union (Writers Guild, Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild of America, Actor’s Equity, etc.) will automatically receive a 20% discount on drinks at The Blue Bar or the lobby when they present their union card. The “Entertainment Unions Recession Cocktail Special” at The Algonquin Hotel is applicable on all drink menu items.

To book the Writers Block Rate, guests should call 866-406-5341. Both discounts are available throughout 2009.

About the Algonquin Hotel: A New York City landmark recently named to the National Trust Historic Hotels of America, the Algonquin Hotel is located in the heart of midtown Manhattan at 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, just steps from Broadway’s Theatres and world-class shopping. Home to Dorothy Parker’s famous Round Table and birthplace of the New Yorker magazine, the Algonquin Hotel is highly regarded by travelers the world over. The recent $4.5 million renovation effort focused on refreshing the hotel lobby, upgrading all guest rooms, laying new guestroom carpet and introducing new bedding to the 174-guestroom hotel – creating a new era of elegance at the historically significant hotel. The hotel’s popular Oak Room, which has showcased musical talents such as Harry Connick, Jr., Andrea Marcovicci, Diana Krall and Peter Cincotti, serves dinner and offers cabaret performances Tuesday through Saturday. The legendary Algonquin Round Table of the 1920s is the inspiration for the current Round Table Room serving traditional American cuisine breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Blue Bar and Lobby also serve cocktails and other beverages throughout the day. The hotel features a fully-equipped fitness center and five meeting and function rooms, which can accommodate groups from 10 to 175. www.algonquinhotel.com

For More Information Contact:
Marissa Mastellone/Louise O’Brien/Tonya Fleetwood
Dan Klores Communications
212-685-4300