Last weekend, I jumped on the Amtrak Acela from Washington, DC to New York City to for a quick two days. For this trip, I chose the Algonquin Hotel located near Times Square to serve as my home base from which to explore the city.
The hotel is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection and is a AAA Four Diamond property. There are 174 guestrooms, a fitness center, a business center, the Round Table Restaurant, and the Blue Bar. The hotel recently completed a major renovation and is what you would expect of a luxury boutique hotel in Manhattan. The location is very central and within easy walking distance of Times Square, the theater district, and shopping on 5th Avenue.
Originally built in 1902, the hotel is well known for its traditions, the most famous of which is hosting literary and theatrical notables over the years. In 1919, the hotel entertained the daily meetings of the Algonquin Round Table, where influential actors, writers, and publicists would gather for lunchtime discussion in the hotel’s restaurant. The outcomes of those daily meetings heavily influenced literary styles of the 1900s.
My room at the Algonquin was a typical size for New York and definitely small by other U.S. city standards. My view was the street below. There was a comfortable queen-sized bed, a walk-in closet, and a very tiny bathroom. I found the room was adequate, furnished well, and clean. Room rates start around $300 per night depending on demand.
I found the Algonquin to be a comfortable choice in a great location. My room was small but on par with expectations for New York City. The staff were friendly and attentive, but the concierge was often overwhelmed helping guests and it was difficult to speak with him for dining recommendations. I was surprised that the hotel doesn’t offer 24-hour room service given its AAA Four Diamond status.
I was shocked by the prices of drinks in the hotel’s bar, Blue Bar, where a cocktail costs $21. Tip: if you check-in using Foursquare on your smart phone, you unlock a coupon for half-off one drink. Definitely try this to avoid the outrageous regular price.
Exploring New York City
The weather in New York City while I was there was beautiful. I spent my two days wondering around different areas of the city and especially enjoyed walking along the High Line park.
For brunch on Saturday, I had a noteworthy meal at Chez Sardine in the West Village. It was outstanding and definitely worth a visit. Click here for the brunch menu – I really liked the Fedora Burger with smoked cheddar, cucumbers, and BBQ mayo.
There is always so much to see and do in New York City that it’s hard to really capture much in a quick TripBadger post. If you’re headed there and seek a convienent luxury boutique hotel, I would recommend the Algonquin Hotel. Don’t forget to provide your Marriott Rewards number at check-in.