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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Luxury

I have not done a posting on the Waldorf Astoria Hotel per se (I will do a more in depth piece in the future), but did feature their famed clock earlier this year - click here. The Waldorf epitomizes classic, iconic New York. If you want to see a place that just exudes old world charm and luxury, New York style, this is the it. The Palace of New York and art deco masterpiece. Of course the Plaza (no longer a hotel) and the Pierre give it a run for the money, but if I had to pick one hotel that says "New York" this would be it. There are so many historical associations including ringing in the New Year with dance band leader Guy Lombardo. Presidents, Queens, dignitaries, celebrities of all types - the roster, past and present, reads like a who's who. The hotel has the largest elegant ballroom in the city - four stories high. This is home to the annual International Debutante Ball. The U.S. government maintains a large suite on the 42nd floor as a residence for its United Nations ambassador. The presidential suite has been home to every President of the US when visiting New York since 1931. If, BTW, you have never been (whether resident or visitor), I highly recommend you visit and wander about. The main lobby is a must see. Have no concern about visiting as a non-guest - there is too much traffic for anyone to police. Act like you belong and you will ...

4 comments:

An Honest Man said...

Rather nice!!

Lucy said...

Like an old movie...

Greg said...

I look forward to your in depth posting on what is indoubtedly one of the great icons of New York City. New Years Eve, Guy Lombardo, and the Waldorf were at one time synonomous.....great memories.

claudine said...

Magnifique endroit ! Je ne suis pas sûre de pouvoir y entrer si je ne suis pas cliente de l'hôtel ! Si je vais à New-york, j'essaierai quand même !
Happy Thanksgiving !!