About the Waldorf Astoria
Since the Waldorf Astoria opened on Park Avenue in 1931, it’s been called the “unofficial palace of New York.” Rising 47 stories and occupying an entire city block in Midtown Manhattan, the historic art deco hotel epitomizes the glamour and grandeur of early 20th-century New York.
The original Waldorf Astoria hotel was located on the site of the Empire State Building on Fifth Avenue¬– millionaire William Waldorf Astor opened the Waldorf in 1893 and his cousin John Jacob Astor IV opened the Astoria next door in 1897 (the buildings were joined by a hallway called “Peacock Alley”). In 1929, the original Waldorf Astoria was demolished and rebuilt at its current location next to St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church (aka St. Bart’s). When the Waldorf Astoria reopened during the height of the Great Depression, it was the tallest and largest hotel in the world.
The Waldorf Astoria’s posh Park Avenue location is ideal for high-endshopping on Fifth Avenue and exploring Rockefeller Center, Central Park, the Museum of Modern Art, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Theater District.
Chandeliers dripping with crystals, miles of marble and ornate coffered ceilings are just some of the hotel’s immaculate details. Known for its opulent art deco decor and regal amenities, the Waldorf Astoria offers a range of rooms from 200-square-foot Deluxe Guest Rooms to 900-square-foot Luxury Suites decked out with separate living rooms, one or two bedrooms with marble baths, plush bathrobes, refrigerators and views of Park Avenue. No two rooms are decorated alike.
In the Waldorf Towers, a separate boutique hotel located on the 27th to 42nd floors of the Waldorf Astoria, guests can stay in luxurious rooms or one of 123 suites that come with its own Les Clef D’Or concierge and private entrances. Celebrities, royalty and every American president since Herbert Hoover have stayed in these suites, which are outfitted with fine art and antiques. Amenities for Waldorf Towers include a separate entrance on 50th Street, fast check-in, complimentary access to the Astoria Lounge for continental breakfast and twice daily maid service with nightly turndown.
At the Waldorf Astoria, guests can dine at four restaurants, book appointments at Kenneth’s Salon and Guerlain Spa, shop at several of its high-end gift shops, such as Cellini Jewelers, or sign up for a tour of the hotel to learn about the building’s brilliant architecture, star-studded history and culinary legacy (tour fee includes lunch at Peacock Alley or Oscar’s Brasserie).
Did you know?
The first major film shot entirely in a hotel is Week-End at the Waldorf (1945) starring Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner and Van Johnson.
Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco held their engagement party at the Waldorf Astoria in 1956.
Every U.S. president since Herbert Hoover has slept in the Waldorf Astoria’s 35th floor Presidential Suite. The former Waldorf Astoria on Fifth Avenue housed President Grover Cleveland and his successors.
In 1969, the Presidential Suite (when available) could be rented for $800 per night.
In 1972, Hilton Hotel Corporation purchased the Waldorf Astoria.
In 1993, the Waldorf Astoria earned official New York City landmark status.
The Waldorf Astoria is credited with inventing room service.
The Waldorf Astoria will provide a memorable stay to any traveler with fine taste and a desire to bask in old-world New York City glamour and art deco opulence – and rub elbows with the rich, the famous and the powerful.
The Waldorf Astoria Location Information:
301 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10022
6to 51st St.; E, M to 5thAve./53rd St.
Peacock Alley Restaurant & Bar
Named for the hallway that connected the original Waldorf Astoria buildings on Fifth Avenue and 34th Street, this classic restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, small tapas-style plates from late afternoon to evening and a renowned Sunday brunch. Dress is “business, chic and elegant attire.”
Bull and Bear Steakhouse & Bar
At the historic restaurant, dine on seafood and USDA Prime steaks. Dress is “elegant casual.”
The restaurant is named for the late Oscar Tschirky, the Waldorf Astoria’s maître d’hôtel who invented the Waldorf salad (celery, apples, walnuts and mayonnaise) in the mid-1890s. Guests can enjoy a breakfast buffet and lunch and dine on other culinary innovations that “Oscar of the Waldorf”popularized, including eggs Benedict andThousand Island dressing.
Sir Harry’s Lounge
Sip on cocktails invented at the Waldorf Astoria, like a Rob Roy and Waldorf Sunset, as you mingle around checkerboard tables or at the elegant bar area.
Room service is available 24 hours a day – fitting, since the Waldorf Astoria supposedly invented it.
- Business Center
- Conference Facilities
- Exercise Gym
- High Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Smoke-Free Policy
- Wheelchair Access
- Wireless Internet