Located in trendy Manhattan, the Waldorf Astoria is a historic Art Deco landmark whose roots go back to the 1800s when it was first built on Astor family properties in Fifth Avenue. But the hotel's current incarnation as a 13 storey behemoth, was a result of a complete renovation which was designed by the esteemed Henry J Hardenberg in a newly built property in Park Avenue during the year 1930.
The hotel has a record of over 1400 suites and rooms with many of the luxury suites being inspired by, and bear the names of famed patrons such as Cole Porter, the Duchess of Windsor , Winston Churchill, with the White House inspired Presidential Suite having once played host to former American president Herbert Hoover. The hotel is so prestigious that guests even receive a complimentary tour in order to take it the grandeur of this, the headstone of one of the World's most iconic global brands. Other notable amenities include a business centre, ballroom, professional concierge, 16 spa treatment rooms and 2 relaxation lounges.
A variety of cuisines are served on the hotel through its three landmark restaurants, mainly the Peacock Alley, The Bull and Bear Stake house, the Chinese eatery, Le Chine, and the famous Sir Harry's Bar which serves some of the best cocktails in Manhattan.
The Waldorf is synonymous with beauty and opulence, and to call it iconic would be an understatement, and it is naturally a member of Historic Hotels of America. However, it is also the modern designer's muse and has played host to events like the elaborate April in Paris ball where only the most affluent patrons attended, from JFK and Jackie Kennedy, Marlyn Monroe and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The hotel has also hosted numerous high profile guests such as monarchs, politicians, world leaders, entertainers and socialites alike. And when walkign through it's hallways, you can literally feel the presence of its historic culture pulsing through its veins.
The hotel is currently undergoing restoration which will take a couple of years to complete. And we're sure that by the time this Grand Dame re-opens it's doors to the world, it will reclaim it's title as the most coveted hotel on Park Avenue, New York, once again blazing the trail for a new standard of luxury and hospitality for the new age.