1,232 Rooms / 208 Suites
Editor’s note: Waldorf Astoria New York is closed for a two-year restoration project.
Opened in 1893 by millionaire William Waldorf Astor, this grande dame of New York hotels moved to its present location in 1931 from one a little further south on Fifth Avenue, and it still retains some of the original space’s Art Deco interior. The lobby has the decadent feel of a ballroom with its sweeping marble staircases, and glamour seeps from every crevice of the hotel, which sits on a full city block.
As you would expect from such a historic hotel, every room located in the Waldorf Astoria and Waldorf Towers (which has a separate lobby, concierge, long-term leases and roomier suites) is adorned with thick draperies and ornately carved furniture, though some rooms are quite small.
Dining at the Waldorf means partaking in a celebrated history of culinary firsts — Waldorf salad and veal Oscar are just two of the dishes reputed to have been created here, along with Manhattan and Rob Roy cocktails. Don’t miss the 1860 Manhattan at Peacock Alley, the hotel’s lobby bar and restaurant; crafted with 12-year single barrel bourbon, sweet vermouth, Grand Marnier and housemade bitters, it’s authenticity in a glass.