I can’t believe Josh and I just celebrated our three year wedding anniversary (on January 16), and that my flowers are still looking awesome. This year, we kept things local and celebrated our anniversary overnight at the Waldorf Astoria New York, so I figured I would share my Waldorf Astoria New York review & thoughts.
I have to admit, as amazing as our anniversary was, I didn’t think the Waldorf Astoria New York is worth the hype it receives. Don’t get me wrong, the lobby is amazing – filled with old world New York City charm and gorgeous details. However, the rest is sort of just “eh.” The service isn’t anything to write home about, but I can truly see how one day long ago, it was the it place to be and stay.
The items they have in and around the lobby are amazing, showcasing this once great hotel from its heyday.
For instance, did you know the original Waldorf Astoria was located on 34th Street, but was demolished in the 1930’s to make way for the Empire State Building? The hotel then moved to its current location on 50th street between Lexington and Park. This book (pictured below) details every single special event that took place in the hotel pre-1930’s…
Because all of this is featured just off the lobby, you don’t need to be a hotel guest to actually see it, and while the hotel’s history is great, I can’t help but feel the customer service and luxurious in room amenities are seriously lacking.
Yes, our room was historic, but it’s in need of some major updating. However, nowadays, you can get a room rate for under $300 per night, so don’t mistake the service of it’s “good old days” for the current service you’d receive staying for over double the price at New York’s Ritz Carlton, St. Regis, or Four Seasons.
However, we did particularly enjoy all the small touches, where the Waldorf Astoria incorporates their monogram, like on the elevator doors. Guests really feel like their stepping back in time in this flagship hotel.
To access the guest rooms, you need a room key, and while there are a ton of historic photos in the guest room hallways, really, a major portion of the “must see” is in the lobby.
We had a corner room, which featured a small bedroom, parlor area, and bathroom. It definitely had that old world charm, but, like I said above, it needs updating. It is in no way your standard “updated” luxury hotel room. So it’s important to note, stay here for the history, not the amenities. While the unique layout was enjoyable, the linens wonderful, and the bed comfortable, there was just something about it that seemed …old.
Side note: I love checkered floors! So old Manhattan!
For our anniversary dinner, we ate at Bull & Bear Steakhouse, located right inside the Waldorf Astoria. Holy amazingness! The food was delicious and the service impeccable!
We opted to do dessert in our room.
Can’t believe I’ve been married to this guy for three years already 🙂