List of Famous Hotels in New York
City is full of hotels. If a visitor wants to live the life of luxury for a few days, the city is a great place to do so. Of all the hotels in the city, there are a small group that can be considered classics. Here are four from that famous group that are well worth a visit.
The Waldorf-Astoria is a landmark hotel built in 1931 in the Art Deco style. The building sits at Park Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets, but this is actually the second hotel of this name. The original hotel was at the present location of the Empire State Building. The current hotel has a subway platform beneath it that for years was a secret to most. It was built specifically for President Franklin Roosevelt a frequent visitor to the hotel.
The Plaza Hotel is named after the plaza on which it stands, Grand Army Plaza, a monument to the Civil War. A landmark building, designed in the French Renaissance chateau style, The Plaza sits on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Central Park South (59th Street). The popular 1960s band, The Beatles, stayed at the hotel on its first tour to the U.S.
The Algonquin Hotel
Also a landmark hotel, The Algonquin was completed in 1902 and it took its name from the area's first inhabitants, The Algonquin tribe. Located on West 44th Street, the hotel is famous for two things. First, for the Vicious Circle, a group of writers, actors and journalists who met regularly here in the 1920s. The second is the hotel's resident cat, which can be found nonchalantly holding court in the lobby of the hotel. It is said that hotel guest John Barrymore remarked, upon seeing the cat, that his name should be Hamlet. Thereafter, every feline occupant that is male has been named Hamlet and every female, Matilda.
The New York Palace
The New York Palace blends two structures, the Villard Mansion, a landmark building, with a modern structure 55-stories tall, rising behind and over it. The former building was built in 1882 in a neo-Italian Renaissance tradition, while the latter was erected by Harry Helmsley in 1980. His wife, Leona Helmsley, was nicknamed the "Queen of Mean" by employees who found her management style somewhat abrasive. The Villard Mansion boasts a design based on the Palazzo della Cancellaria (the Papal Chancellery), in Rome.
Claire Taylor is a health, wellness and travel writer with credits in publications such as "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." Taylor is also a seasoned independent traveler, as well as a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant.