Algonquin Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The Algonquin Hotel was the site of the famous Round Table meetings in the 1920s. A group of writers, critics, and actors, the Round Table — including names like Robert E. Sherwood, Dorothy Parker, George F. Kaufman, and Edna Ferber — met for lunch daily to discuss everything from literature to politics. They also collaborated on a revue titled No Sirree! to jump-start the Hollywood career of fellow Round Tabler Robert Benchley. This group is also responsible for founding The New Yorker, which is free for hotel guests.

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 The Algonquin Hotel was the site of the famous Round Table meetings in the 1920s. A group of writers, critics, and actors, the Round Table — including names like Robert E. Sherwood, Dorothy Parker, George F. Kaufman, and Edna Ferber — met for lunch daily to discuss everything from literature to politics. They also collaborated on a revue titled No Sirree! to jump-start the Hollywood career of fellow Round Tabler Robert Benchley. This group is also responsible for founding The New Yorker, which is free for hotel guests.
More like a French B&B than a Midtown East hotel, the 103-room Elysee boutique comes with large, unique rooms, elegant decor, and a colorful history; many recognizable names–Joe DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, Ava Gardner–have called Hotel Elysee home, but possibly the most notable resident is playwright Tennessee Williams, who lived in the hotel for fifteen years until his death in 1983. Williams wrote all of his later works in his suite (named the Sunset Suite in his honor) and guests were known to complain that they could hear his typing late into the night. Tennessee Williams’ final play, A House Not Meant to Stand, is a dark comedy set in rural Mississippi (where Williams grew up). He wrote it in his suite at Hotel Elysee and it was produced in the final years of his life at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. However, it wasn’t published until 2008. Nowadays, free breakfast, free wine, free coffee, free Wi-Fi, and free passes to the New York Sports Club make this low-key hotel a midtown favorite. More than a century old, the once-bohemian Washington Square Hotel now attracts NYU parents and tourists with its prime Greenwich Village location, stunning art-deco-style furnishings, and free continental breakfasts. On his first tour of the United States, Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas lived in the Washington Square Hotel (then the Hotel Earle) after being kicked out of his previous hotel for his loud, late-night partying and outlandish room service requests. Thomas liked his new location because of the easy-going staff and its proximity to his favorite Greenwich Village bars. Speedy and friendly, this affable staff loves to recommend the best things to do in the Village. While there is not a full-time concierge, the doorman is quick to offer tips and the in-room guest-service directory comes with an extensive list of bars, clubs, and shops to visit nearby, carefully subdivided into sections (gay bars, music clubs, gourmet food stores, four-star restaurants, seafood, etc.). The century-old, 282-room Plaza is a New York landmark. It has been the site of extravagant weddings (Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones), Oscar-winning movies (Almost Famous), and A-list parties (Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball). After the success of In Cold Blood, Capote threw a lavish party, called the Black and White Ball, at The Plaza in honor of his book and The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham. Invitations were highly sought after and only the most elite of the “in”-crowd were on the guest list. A $400 million overhaul in 2008 gave the huge rooms gold-plated bathroom fixtures, but it also converted most rooms overlooking Central Park into privately owned residences. Still, the beautifully restored Oak Room, exceptional spa, and 24-hour butler service make it worth the splurge. A 174-room Midtown West landmark, the Algonquin uses old-world style, tuxedo-clad waiters, and an in-house cat to attract quiet couples, business travelers, and the occasional Nobel laureate -- William Faulkner wrote his acceptance speech for the 1949 Nobel Prize in the hotel’s lobby. The Algonquin has hosted many other notable literary minds as well — one of the first hotels to accept single female guests, the Algonquin has hosted the likes of Gertrude Stein and Maya Angelou. The Algonquin Hotel was the site of the famous Round Table meetings in the 1920s. A group of writers, critics, and actors, the Round Table — including names like Robert E. Sherwood, Dorothy Parker, George F. Kaufman, and Edna Ferber — met for lunch daily to discuss everything from literature to politics. They also collaborated on a revue titled No Sirree! to jump-start the Hollywood career of fellow Round Tabler Robert Benchley. This group is also responsible for founding The New Yorker, which is free for hotel guests.
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