Hamlet VIII – Resident cat of the Algonquin

Two hundred and seventy-six years after Peter Minuet bought Manhattan Island from the Lenape Indian tribe, a hotel was built on 44th St. named after a different Indian tribe, called The Algonquin Hotel. Located at 59 W. 44th St. in Manhattan, the Algonquin is now 120 years old, and a designated New York City landmark.

When the Algonquin first opened on November 22, 1902, a single room cost $2 and a three bedroom was $10. Today, you can get a single room for just under $300 or splurge and rent the Barrymore Executive Suite for about $600 a night.

The Algonquin Hotel is best known for the Algonquin Round Table: A Who’s Who of writers, playwrights, actors and critics that gathered daily for lunch between the years 1919-1929. To this day, the hotel still offers discount lunches to struggling writers. Some of the more notable members were Harpo Marx, Tallulah Bankhead, Dorothy Parker, Noel Coward, Blyth Daly, and Herman Mankiewicz. As the story goes, roundtable member Harold Ross founded The New Yorker magazine with money he won at a poker game there… hence its location at 28 West 44th Street.

Located just off Times Square, the hotel has also long been a favorite with the theatre crowd.

In 1981, the Oak Room opened for business, igniting the careers of artists like Harry Connick Jr., Michael Feinstein and Andrea Marcovicci, among many others. It’s also where the world was introduced to a $10,000 martini in 2004.

In 2012, the hotel underwent a $5 million renovation.

Other 44th Street venues include the Harvard Club at 35 W 44th, the NY Yacht Club at 33W 44th, the Yale Club at Vanderbilt & 44th, Condé Nast Publications at 19-25 W 44th, and the Society of Mechanics, founded in 1785 at 20 W. 44th.

If any tourists are looking for a hotel rich in Broadway, writing and/or acting history, The Algonquin Hotel is the place to recommend. Just warn them about Hamlet VIII, the resident cat who has 4,500 followers on Instagram… really.

In addition, some Algonquin tribes include the Mahicans (not the last of), the Montauk and Shinnecock tribes (where all new home purchases in that part of Long Island must live in a wigwam without public services for three years), the Narragansett, the Delaware (hey, Joe), and the Pequot (oysters for everyone). And now, straight from New York City, I bring to you… the Algonquin Hotel.