This article was published on July 5th, 2015
There are a lot of hotel choices, especially in places like New York City. Sure, you could go for cookie-cutter, or turn to a budget-friendly hotel, but if you want an exceptional experience, sometimes you have to look for options that are a unique, fun, and different. Just steps from the top sites in Manhattan is the historic Algonquin Hotel.
Part of the autograph collection from Marriott, this hotel is rich in history and character. One of the older hotels in Manhattan, the Algonquin Hotel has been constantly innovating. They were the first hotel in Manhattan to allow single women to stay overnight, alone, the first to have an electric lift, and the first to have electronic keycard guest room door locks.
The property has been well maintained throughout the years. Much of the original detail can still be seen throughout the hotel, from the brass and iron railings and fixtures, to the wood and plaster mouldings and other wall decorations.
Upon arriving at the hotel, the friendly bellmen are ready to open the door with a giant smile. The front-desk staff, which there are always two on duty, are quick and efficient to get you checked in so you can get on with enjoying your stay.
The rooms are incredibly large for downtown New York City. This is because this is a historic hotel, when hotel rooms were quite large. From standard rooms to suites, there are a variety of room choices to choose from. Each room is tastefully decorated with modern furniture, but very respectful of its historic charm.
There are many modern considerations, including extra outlets near the bed for tech-friendly travellers, alarm clocks for iPhone 5 users, complimentary in-room Wi-Fi, two complimentary bottles of water each day, and fresh apples.
Recent renovations have had the guest room washrooms upgraded with beautiful tile and glass showers, pedestal sinks, and water-efficient toilets. There are premium bathroom linens and toiletries from L’Occitaine En Provence.
The hotel also offers a host of other amenities for travellers including a fitness centre, hot tub, and giant lobby perfect for relaxing and getting to know the other hotel guests.
The hotel also has the legendary Blue Bar, a traditional handcraft cocktail bar located just off the lobby. It gets its name from the giant blue bar top, which is illuminated with blue lights, and the blue lighting throughout the gentleman’s club style bar. Classic cocktails are their specialty, from Old Fashions to Gin Fizz’s. What’s more, is each cocktail is made to order, but made exactly as you like it. If it’s not perfect, they’re happy to tweak it to make it right. They use fresh, premium ingredients, ensuring a perfect cocktail every time. Each guest can also enjoy premium spiced popcorn with real butter.
On your next trip to New York, give the Algonquin Hotel a try. Not only is it rich in history, but it’s also located just steps from Times Square, Rockefeller Centre, the Empire State Building, and Central Park. If you are looking for more ideas of what to do in New York City or want to get a CityPass, visit NYC Go, New York City’s official visitor centre.