Apples, celery, walnuts and mayonnaise make a Waldorf salad. It is said to have been invented on New York’s Park Avenue in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and room service was added to it. Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Queen Elizabeth II and more than a dozen US presidents spent the night there and countless films were made.

«It’s a place where people have built emotional ties,» longtime hotel spokeswoman Shelley Clark told the New York Times. «People have memories of this place. They got married here, celebrated parties or went to their first big ball. It had an impact on many generations.»

In 1931 the house opened — at that time with more than 1400 rooms the largest, highest and most expensive hotel in the world. Now it’s time for the last time: Check-out.

In 2014, the Hilton hotel chain sold its flagship property to the Chinese insurer Anbang Insurance for 1.95 billion dollars (1.84 billion euros). Anbang Insurance has announced an extensive renovation.

This could take up to three years, it is said, and then almost nothing will be the same as it used to be: many of the more than one thousand rooms that were available in the cheapest price range from around 200 dollars a night are to be converted into luxury apartments. In future, the ground floor will primarily house chic boutiques.

If anything, only a small part will remain a hotel — just like the Plaza around the corner. The Art Deco façade and lobby must remain, they are protected monuments. When the new Waldorf Astoria will reopen as a hotel is completely unclear. Only one thing is clear: it is the end of an era.

Waldorf Astoria New York stats

There are 0 different types of suites at Waldorf Astoria New York. It is a 4.5 star hotel with a Tripadvisor rating of 4.0 from 11,521 reviews. has 0 pictures of Waldorf Astoria New York. Waldorf Astoria New York has 57 amenities.

Amenities at the Waldorf Astoria New York

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour health club
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Access to fitness center
  • ATM/banking
  • Babysitting or childcare
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Business center
  • Complimentary local newspapers
  • Complimentary newspapers in lobby
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Computer station
  • Concierge services
  • Conference center
  • Conference space
  • Conference space size (feet) — 60000
  • Conference space size (meters) — 5574
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Elevator/lift
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Full-service spa
  • Gift shops or newsstand
  • Hotel limo or towncar service
  • In-room accessibility
  • Laundry and dry cleaning service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Limo or town car service available
  • Luggage storage
  • Meeting and event spaces
  • Meeting rooms — 40
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Number of bars/lounges — 4
  • Number of buildings/towers — 1
  • Number of floors — 42
  • Number of meeting rooms — 40
  • Number of restaurants — 3
  • Personal concierge
  • Pets allowed
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Roll-in shower
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Safe deposit boxes at front desk
  • Shopping on site
  • Smoke-free property
  • Spa
  • Spa services on site
  • Total number of rooms — 1413
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Valet parking service
  • Valet parking (surcharge)
  • Wedding services
  • Year Built — 1931

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Waldorf Astoria New York Location

301 Park Ave New York, NY 10022 US