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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.

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The Most Important Resident
Matilda

Hamlet, Too

In addition to the 3 Matildas, 7 male cats – all anointed “Hamlet” by legendary thespian John Barrymore – have ruled the roost at the Algonquin.

A CAT’S LIFE

Daily brushings, birthday parties, fashion show benefits. From shelter adoptee to queen of her Algonquin kingdom, Matilda embodies a feline Cinderella, always to the delight of fascinated guests.

“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.”

Conde Nast Traveler

ONE COOL CAT

Get social with Matilda, or email her at matildaalgonquincat@algonquinhotel.com.

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