The Waldorf=Astoria in Brief:
The famous Art Deco Waldorf=Astoria, first opened in its current location on October 1, 1931, and was, at the time, the world's largest and tallest hotel. The Waldorf=Astoria united two adjacent hotels (the Waldorf and the Astoria) that were built in the 1890s about 15 blocks south of the current location.
The Waldorf=Astoria & Waldorf Tower Amenities:
The Waldorf=Astoria and Waldorf Towers offers a total of 1,416 guest rooms and suites, featuring original Art Deco motifs. Each room is decorated differently; no two are exactly alike.
- Marble bathrooms
- Dual-line speakerphones with voice mail
- In-room premium cable
- Video checkout
- Internet Access (fee)
- Fax/printer/copy machines
- 24-Hour Room Service
- Plus One Fitness Center
- Waldorf Concierge Team
- Business Center at The Waldorf=Astoria
- Waldorf Wedding Salon
The Waldorf=Astoria Guest Rooms and Rates:
The Waldorf=Astoria features 1,235 single and double rooms, including 208 mini and one-bedroom suites, 17 of which are Astoria Level upgraded rooms and suites. Astoria Level offers deluxe amenities, daily newspaper and complimentary use of the Astoria Lounge, which offers a relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy complimentary Continental breakfast, afternoon hors d’oeuvre, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages.
The Waldorf Towers Rooms and Rates:
The Waldorf Towers, offers 181 rooms, including 123 suites, and occupies the 28th through 42nd floors of The Waldorf=Astoria. It is the preferred New York residence of heads-of-state, royalty, celebrities and corporate moguls. The opulent and spacious one to four- bedroom suites and deluxe guest rooms include The Presidential Suite, home away from home for every American President since Herbert Hoover when in New York, and The Royal Suite, a recently and lavishly refurbished former residence of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
Kids at the Waldorf=Astoria:
This elegant hotel caters to children with a Saturday children's tea served at the Cocktail Terrace, as well as room service offerings that take children's tastes into mind.
Spa at the Waldorf=Astoria:
Plus One Spa, a six-treatment room spa, is located on the 19th floor of the hotel, delivering high-quality spa and wellness services and personalized services, as well as treatments created exclusively for the Waldorf.
Meetings & Events at the Waldorf=Astoria:
The Waldorf=Astoria has approximately 60,000 square feet of distinctive and versatile function space, with 38 rooms capable of hosting gatherings ranging from small and private to the most grand and extraordinary. Outstanding facilities are complemented by the dedicated services of a sales, catering and culinary team with unrivaled events experience ranging from the World Economic Forum to exclusive weddings.
The Waldorf=Astoria Essentials:
Location: between Park and Lexington Avenues and 49th and 50th Streets
Neighborhood: Midtown Manhattan
Address: 301 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022
Telephone: (212) 355-3000
Interesting Facts about the Waldorf=Astoria:
- The Waldorf Hotel was the first to offer complete electricity & private bathrooms.
- Created the Waldorf Salad, Veal Oscar, Lobster Newburg & Eggs Benedict.
- The hotel popularized room service, Red Velvet Cake & Thousand Island Dressing.
- Famous cocktails first made here include The Robb Roy, The Bronx & The Robbie Burns.
- When it opened in 1931, it was the world's tallest & largest hotel.
- The Hilton Room – where the dancing scene in Scent of a Woman was filmed – helped create show business legends. Lena Horne broke the color barrier there as the first African-American to play such an establishment as The Waldorf=Astoria.
Restaurants at the Waldorf=Astoria:
- Bull & Bear: The only restaurant on the East Coast serving the prime grade of Certified Angus Beef®, the clubby, classic steakhouse attracts a variety of guests for lunch, dinner and cocktails. The elaborate and celebrated mahogany bar is a wonderful place for a cocktail.
- Cocktail Terrace: Overlooking the Art Deco Park Avenue lobby, the Cocktail Terrace and serves traditional afternoon tea and cocktails, Wednesday to Sunday, accompanied by piano music on Cole Porter’s Steinway piano.
- Inagiku: Classic Japanese ingredients are presented in novel ways, while familiar design motifs are theatrically reinterpreted. Lunch Monday through Friday; cocktails & dinner nightly.
- Oscar’s: The Waldorf=Astoria's casual dining option, Oscar’s offers comforting contemporary American dishes in an informal atmosphere. The menu boast a re-interpretation of Waldorf classics that made Oscar famous, including Veal Oscar and Eggs Benedict, as well as robust fare and international favorites. The bar at Oscar’s offers a menu of inviting appetizers to complement craft and micro-brewed beers and wines by the glass.
- Peacock Alley: Located in the heart of the bustling main lobby with its gilded ceiling, Deco design and frieze work, Peacock Alley offers neo-classic cuisine via a selection of small plates at lunch and the bar and an a la carte dinner menu.
- Sir Harry’s bar Subdued bar open daily from 1 p.m. - 2 a.m.