Waldorf Astoria Closing For Renovations

Waldorf Astoria is one of the most well known high end hotels in the City of New York. Aside from celebrities, the hotel suites have been a temporary home to American presidents since Herbert Hoover. The residential towers used to be the home of some of Hollywood’s legends like Sofia Lauren, Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor.

Last year, the Waldorf Astoria celebrated its 85th anniversary however; by February 28 it will be closed for renovations. A major overhaul was in the horizon after a Chinese insurance company Anbang bought the property from Hilton Worldwide for $1.95 billion. Bloomberg has reported that Anbang is ready to comply with the request of New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to preserve several parts of the interior.

Originally, Waldorf Astoria was two separate hotels born from a feud between two cousins. The two hotels were next door to each other on Fifth Avenue and 33rd Street. When the two cousins agreed on a truce, they connected the hotels with a hallway. In 1929, the hotels were demolished to give way to the construction of the Empire State Building and the name Waldorf Astoria was sold for $1 to Lucius Bonner who built the hotel at its present site.

When the new Waldorf Astoria opened, it was considered as the largest and tallest hotel in the world. According to President Hoover, Waldorf Astoria “marks the measure of the nation’s growth in power, in comfort and in artistry.”

Soon after the hotel opened, it introduced for the first time 24-hour room service. Excellent service has been the trademark of Waldorf Astoria. Maitre’d Oscar Tschirky put his work before everything else. He is known for creating the Waldorf salad that is still served today at the Peacock Alley. The movie “Week-end at the Waldorf” reported grossed $4 million and ranked 7th at the box office.

The hotel near Bangkok subway may not be as iconic as the Waldorf Astoria but it is prepared to offer the best experience for its guests. The modern boutique hotel was designed for travellers of all ages. Each of the rooms is furnished with all the modern conveniences including free Wi-Fi.

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