On March 24, 1893, William Waldorf Astor opened the 13 story Waldorf Hotel and four years later was joined by the 17-story adjacent Astoria Hotel built by his cousin, John Jacob Astor IV. It became known as The Waldorf-Astoria. After being demolished in 1929, Waldorf-Astoria was rebuilt and opened on October 1, 1931 becoming the world’s largest and tallest hotel. As a pioneer in hotel services, including the first hotel to introduce room service, it is still a world renowned hotel. Besides the hotel’s phenomenal surroundings and service, guests are also close to Madison Avenue shopping center, Lincoln Center, Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
There is a reason why the historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel has provided the backdrop for movies since 1945, including the legendary tango scene in the 1992 film Scent of a Woman. This landmark hotel is the ultimate symbol of New York elegance, luxury and prestige. “The original luxury hotel” has been an iconic fixture on the east side of midtown Manhattan since 1931, stretching over a full city block between Park and Lexington Avenues and 49th and 50th Streets. Featuring restored Art Deco architecture, a breathtaking front entrance and world renowned service, this legendary building is just a few blocks from the lights and excitement of the Broadway Theatre District, fantastic New York City dining and shopping, and many of the top midtown Manhattan landmarks and attractions.
The standard accommodations at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel feature flat panel televisions with premium channels, marble baths or showers, triple-sheeted pillow-top beds, work desks with two-line speaker phones and complimentary weekday copies of USA Today. In-room internet access is available for a fee, and Wifi is free in the hotel lobby. All the rooms and suites at the Waldorf are elegantly furnished and no two rooms are alike. Guests will enjoy a grand tradition of gracious service at this hotel, which is a Hilton property. Services include a multilingual concierge staff boasting an extensive knowledge of the city, state-of-the-art fitness facilities and in-room dining served by waiters in black tie.
The Waldorf boasts a rich culinary tradition, having created dishes such as Eggs Benedict and the Waldorf Salad. Dining options at the hotel include the Peacock Alley Restaurant, home of the celebrated Sunday Brunch featuring over 100 desserts arranged around a spectacular chocolate fondue fountain. Guests can also dine in style at the Bull and Bear Steakhouse or Oscar’s Brasserie.
The Waldorf-Astoria has also been featured in numerous films, such as Arthur, You’ve Got Mail, Maid in Manhattan, Scent of a Woman, First Wives’ Club, For Love of the Game, Analyze This, and Serendipity and episodes of Will and Grace and Law and Order.