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
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
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."
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