Details of famed Algonquin renovation emerge

Details are being revealed for the multi-million dollar renovation of New York City’s iconic Algonquin Hotel, which is slated to open in late May, joining Marriott’s Autograph Collection.

The renovation being lead by design firm Intra-Spec will honor the artistic heritage of the hotel, while highlighting a new sense of freshness and modern Manhattan.

Each of the 181 Algonquin guestrooms, including 25 suites, will be updated to reflect a New York residential feel. The focal point will be customized “picture window” headboards, featuring backlit black and white 1920’s photographed by Irving Underhill. New silk-screened damask chandeliers and lights brighten the space, showing off new tones of gold, black and tan in the rooms.

Each room and suite will feature Roman shades, European pillows and custom-made noise reducing heating and cooling.  Rooms with bay windows will include a built-in reading seat. All bathrooms will feature luxury black and white Italian tiled floors, frameless glass shower stalls replacing the original bathtubs, contemporary lighting and a back lit vanity mirror.

The new Barrymore Suite, the largest of the suites in the hotel, will feature a sunken living area, an expansive bathroom and dressing room as well as street views out onto Manhattan’s Club Row. The famed Dorothy Parker Suite, once home to Dorothy Parker herself, has been given the royal treatment with its own art collection features some specially commissioned pieces that revolve around her life and literary works.

The historic Blue Bar will be expanded and don new lighting and banquette seating that sports sparkling black, white and navy fabrics, all atop a jewel-toned blue carpet. The lobby area will retain its grouped seating, updated in luxurious patterns and fabrics, where people can gather for cocktails or simply settle in and read.

In the rear of the Lobby, the Algonquin’s iconic Round Table restaurant will retain its former state with the dramatic wood paneling and a mural of the renowned Vicious Circle.

Algonquin guestroom rendering
Algonquin guestroom rendering