The Legend Behind
The Algonquin Cat

1923: Billy the hotel’s first cat resided here for 15 years.

One Hamlet was known to steal guest’s burgers right off the plate.

Hillary Knight illustrated The Algonquin Cat in 1980.

The Most Important Resident

Hamlet is back

Almost 40 years have passed since the hotel housed a Hamlet. He is the 8th Hamlet following three Matildas. Hamlet is named after famed resident John Barrymore, in honor of his greatest stage role.


Daily brushing, birthday parties, fashion show benefits. From Rags to Riches, Hamlet was found in a feral colony on Long Island and now delights fascinated guests of the Algonquin.


“When Alice de Almeida first answered a job ad for an executive assistant position at New York City’s iconic Algonquin Hotel, she thought her daily tasks might include answering the phone and keeping up with her boss’s schedule. But de Almeida’s job soon took on one extraordinary task: she became the hotel’s chief cat officer.”

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