Surrounded by ghosts of literary legends at The Algonquin Hotel, Manhattan

I somehow managed to bring the rain with me to Manhattan last week. As I arrived in New York and jumped out of my cab just off of 44th and 6th, I rushed into the place I would be calling home for the next 48 hours – The Algonquin Hotel.

Now I must plead complete ignorance here with the hotel. I’ve never stayed before but knew that I had recognized the name from somewhere. Making my way up to the Edna Ferber suite, my memory was all of the sudden awoken. The Algonquin, of course, is the famous literary hotel.  I suddenly remembered hearing about this famous establishment alongside famous literary names such as William Faulkner, Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley. The hallways leading to my suite were decorated with cartoons from The New Yorker alongside famous images of historic Manhattan. While my suite was full of modern conveniences to make the stay as comfortable as possible, I felt as though I had taken a step back in time. This is/was a hotel that celebrates the great literary minds of America. Even today, dozens of respected writers call the Algonquin home when they travel into the city.

It’s easy to see why this is a writer’s paradise. My suite featured a large living room where I could see myself holding my own literary discussions. Perhaps t
his is the perfect venue for a post fashion show analysis during New York Fashion Week? Or the perfect hiding spot in the city to write about the day’s events. The writing desk, complete with internet and plenty of rich stationery, was ready to help spark creativity. It’s easy to get lost in the magic of this hotel and forget about the world outside. But that’s the whole point, isn’t it really?… To find a sanctuary in the city where you are able to feel at home and also comfortable to work without interruption?

Should you find yourself staying at The Algonquin, I highly recommend you do two things. First, find your way to the Round Table restaurant. This is one of the most famous dining spots in the city with it’s fabulous retro menu and rich history. Secondly, make sure you have someone introduce you to Matilda. She is the hotel house cat and has been with The Algonquin now for close to seven years. She is quite famous in New York social circles and certainly acts as the grand dame at the hotel. But honestly, how cool is it in this day and age to have a hotel cat? I do believe every establishment should have an animal on staff. Talk about instantly making a hotel a home.


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