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With such an iconic hotel, it’s almost saddening to write this post. The Waldorf Astoria’s current building history dates back to 1931 when the Art Deco building was designed by Schultze and Weaver and built at its current address of 301 Park Avenue.
The original hotel opened on the site of the current Empire State Building in 1893 but was demolished due to a number of factors.
Knowing the history of this hotel and getting a suite upgrade can lead to great expectations, until you actually enter the room and see the need for renovation.
I’ve stayed here a number of times and have noticed the need for renovations before. But you can see for yourself in the pictures below.
The living room is large with dated everything from furniture to drapes to carpet.
The wet bar is a redeeming feature and comes complete with countertops from the 1980s.
The bathroom is perfectly servicable.
The bedroom is good for sleeping but I definitely would wear slippers with the dated carpet. The furniture is a bit old which adds to the nostalgia, I guess.
I much prefer the St Regis New York when staying in the city. My past experiences at the Waldorf Astoria have all been pleasant, but in my opinion the hotel is due for a refresh.
When was the last time you’ve been to this hotel? What did you think?