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Waldorf Astoria New York
The hotel from the north; you can see St. Bart's in the foreground.
The hotel from the north; you can see St. Bart's in the foreground.
Hotel facts and statistics
Location 301 Park Avenue
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates 40°45′23″N 73°58′27″W / 40.75639°N 73.97417°W / 40.75639; -73.97417Coordinates: 40°45′23″N 73°58′27″W / 40.75639°N 73.97417°W / 40.75639; -73.97417
Opening date 1893 (Waldorf Hotel)
1897 (Astoria Hotel)
1931 (Waldorf-Astoria Hotel)
Closing date 2017 (temporarily for renovations)
Architect Schultze & Weaver
Management Hilton Worldwide
Owner Anbang Insurance Group
No. of restaurants Peacock Alley
Bull and Bear Steakhouse
'La Chine
No. of rooms 1,413
No. of floors 47
Waldorf Astoria foyer
Park Avenue foyer (in 1988)

The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel is a famous luxury hotel in mid-town Manhattan, New York City. It has had two landmark buildings. The first was on the Fifth Avenue site of the Empire State Building. The present building at 301 Park Avenue in Manhattan is a 47 floor, 625 feet (191 m) Art Deco landmark, designed by architects Schultze and Weaver and dating from 1931. The Waldorf Astoria New York is a member of Hilton's Luxury and Lifestyle Brands with Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts and Denizen Hotels. The Waldorf Astoria brand is made up of the Waldorf Astoria in New York and The Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

The modern hotel has three American and classic European restaurants, and a beauty parlor off the main lobby. Several shops surround the lobby, which has won awards for its original period character. An even more luxurious "hotel within a hotel" in its upper section is known as The Waldorf Towers operated by Conrad Hotels & Resorts.

The hotel has its own railway platform as part of Grand Central Terminal, used by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Adlai Stevenson, and Douglas MacArthur, among others. People could go to the platform by using an elevator large enough for Franklin D. Roosevelt's car.

Notable residents

Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and Park Avenue with Helmsley Building and Met Life Building in background

Notable events

  • The investigation into the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 was held at the Waldorf-Astoria.
  • After a New York ticker-tape parade in his honor for winning four Olympic gold medals, Jesse Owens had to ride the freight elevator to attend a reception for him at the Waldorf-Astoria due to his being African-American because only white people could ride in the main elevators.
  • From 1960 until 1978, Guy Lombardo and The Royal Canadians televised their annual New Year's Eve show live (in the Eastern and Central time zones) from the Grand Ballroom.
  • The NASCAR Sprint Cup end-of-season awards banquet has been held at the Waldorf-Astoria every year since 1981.
  • The annual International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria is held to formally introduce young high society women to New York society.
  • The Bronx High School of Science, Stuyvesant High School, Xaverian High School and Syosset High School hold their Senior Proms in the Grand Ballroom of the hotel. Regis High School and Hunter College High School in Manhattan and Pelham Memorial High School have also held their prom in the Starlight Ballroom.
  • Since 2006, Russian Children's Welfare Society (RCWS) hosts black tie gala - the "Petroushka Ball" - to raise funds to support orphaned and disabled children in Russia.
  • St. John's University holds its annual President's Dinner in the grand ballroom.

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