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The Legendary Algonquin Hotel Ready For Next Chapter

Simone McDermid


Multi-Million Dollar Renovations to Bring New Rooms & Suites, Public Spaces, Venues

NEW YORK, NY (February 2, 2012) – For more than a century, The Algonquin Hotel, located on Manhattan’s Club Row at 44th between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, has been home to famous literary gatherings (birthplace of the New Yorker magazine) and its resident feline Matilda.  This New York City and Literary Landmark will usher in a new era as the oldest operating hotel in NYC closes its doors for a make-over from guts to décor.

Already a favorite among discerning and knowledgeable business and leisure travelers who cherish its legacy, the millions of guests that have checked into the just-steps-away from Times Square gem, will find the new look and feel to capture a modern spirit without losing the original character and detail they adore about the property.

The Algonquin (a member of the Marriott International Autograph Collection) has collaborated with industry design experts from the award winning firm, Intra-Spec, Inc (credits include: The Muse Hotel in New York, Mandarin Oriental in San Francisco, Copley Square Hotel in Boston) to create sophisticated rooms that will bring guests an ideal escape from the busy, bustling city streets.  Guests will find the new rooms and suites design bring a peaceful ambiance using soft colors, plush amenities bringing to life the local flavor of the Big Apple.

With everything new, it was paramount the hotel remain timeless, keeping true to the provenance and distinguished attributes. Much of the original millwork on the first two floors will remain; the lobby will maintain its wonderful sense of intimacy with small seating groups featuring furnishings that are updated classics. The second floor will feature an art display of Round Table members and memorabilia, amidst more contemporary elements.

The once popular cabaret Oak Room will close to make room for an expanded Blue Bar which will still serve up its classic Dirty Martinis and Manhattans.  The extensive collection of original Al Hirschfield characters will reline the Blue Bar walls and an additional entrance via the hotel lobby will be added (to the existing separate street entrance).

Perhaps the most famous face of The Algonquin is Matilda the cat whom will again take permanent residency after returning from a vacation.

The Algonquin is set to re-open late spring and updates will be provided ongoing on the property website, Facebook page and Twitter page @algonquinNYC.

About The Algonquin Hotel

The Algonquin Hotel is located in the heart of midtown Manhattan on Club Row 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.

About Autograph Collection 

The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent luxury hotels. Each destination has been selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than completely unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit

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Dan Klores Communications