Algonquin Hotel to undergo $3M refurb

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NEW YORK -- New York's legendary Algonquin Hotel will close for the first time in its 102-year history on June 27 to undergo a $3 million renovation.

It is scheduled to reopen at the end of July.

The Algonquin was made famous in the 1920s by the group of a dozen or so writers who lunched together daily at the hotel and came to be known as the Algonquin Round Table. The group included Dorothy Parker, Alexander Woollcott, Franklin P. Adams, Haywood Broun and Edna Ferber.

All 174 rooms will be updated with new furnishings and Internet connections, with most rooms getting wide-screen TVs and larger work areas. The hotel will throw its hat into the hotel industry's battle for "bed supremacy" with its own all-white Algonquin Bed with duvets and 350-thread count sheets. The beds will be available for sale.

Public spaces, including the Round Table Room and Oak Room cabaret, also will be restored. One of the additions to the lobby will be Wi-Fi. One thing that won't be changing, though, is the original New Yorker wallpaper custom-designed by New Yorker cartoonist Robert Mankoff.

"Staying open while completing this work would not have been consistent with the Algonquin's reputation as an oasis of quiet civility in the center of our bustling city," said general manager Anthony Melchiorri. "The closing also enables us to complete the work speedily and efficiently."

To contact reporter Jorge Sidron, send e-mail to [email protected].

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