Located in the heart of Manhattan, The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection is a true landmark, with a tradition of elegance that began over a century ago. From the day it opened its doors in 1902, The Algonquin has set the standard for luxurious Midtown New York hotels. Immerse yourself in Edwardian luster and the grandeur of a bygone era, while you enjoy exceptional Midtown New York City hotel value. Discover why The Algonquin is the hotel preferred by those who best appreciate New York – from literary and theatrical greats to a feline named Matilda.
Wit and Charm Distinguish Us From Surrounding New York City Hotels
Our landmark hotel in Midtown New York City was destined to be at the center of New York’s literary and theatrical life. In the early years, illustrious clients such as the Barrymores, William Faulkner, Gertrude Stein, Douglas Fairbanks, and Mary Pickford patronized the hotel and its eateries. The best known, perhaps, were the members of the The Round Table – who lunched daily at The Algonquin’s Rose Room for 10 years, beginning in 1919. Today, discover luxurious midtown New York City hotel suites that celebrate these literary giants. Members of the legendary Round Table included:
- Franklin P. Adams (1881–1960): Columnist at the New York Tribune, the New York World, and the New York Evening Post; wrote the "Always in Good Humor" and "The Conning Tower" columns. Always known as FPA.
- Robert Benchley (1889–1945): Vanity Fair managing editor, Life drama editor, humorist and actor in short films.
- Heywood Broun (1888–1939): Sportswriter at New York Tribune, columnist at New York World, author; helped found Newspaper Guild.
- Marc Connelly (1890–1980): Newspaperman turned playwright; cowrote plays with George S. Kaufman. Won Pulitzer Prize for play The Green Pastures.
- Edna Ferber (1887–1968): Novelist and playwright. Cowrote plays with George S. Kaufman, including Dinner at Eight. Won Pulitzer Prize for her novel So Big. Wrote Show Boat, Saratoga Trunk, Cimarron, and Giant.
- George S. Kaufman (1889–1961): Playwright, New York Times drama editor, producer, director, actor. Wrote forty-five plays (twenty-six hits), won two Pulitzer Prizes.
- Dorothy Parker (1893–1967): Vanity Fair drama critic, New Yorker critic. Celebrated poet, short-story writer, playwright. Wrote Hollywood screenplays. Champion for social justice.
- Robert E. Sherwood (1896–1955): Vanity Fair drama editor, Life editor, author, playwright who won four Pulitzer Prizes. Won Oscar for writing The Best Years of Our Lives.
- Alexander Woollcott (1887–1943): Drama critic for New York Times and New York World, CBS radio star as the Town Crier, model for the character of Sheridan Whiteside in Kaufman and Hart’s "The Man Who Came to Dinner".