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NYC’s Algonquin Hotel. Shopping Cheer Holiday package


 the When booking this package, guests will receive $50 room credit when bringing back a $100+ shopping receipt from a local NYC merchant.  Also included in the package are two complimentary cocktails. 


Booking window: now through 12/30/09

Stay window: 11/27/09 through 12/30/09


Additionally, for this holiday season the Algonquin Hotel has created festive and fun cocktails to accompany the regular menu.  Guests are welcome to choose any drink for their complimentary amenity, but the following four are extra special: Gonk Nog, Algonquin Punch, Algonquin Mistletoe, and Algonquin Christmas.  Drink ingredients are below!


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Algonquin Hotel’s 2009 Holiday Drink Recipes:


Gonk Nog: Ultimate Vodka, coffee liqueur, eggnog, nut meg


Algonquin Punch: Veuve Clicquot Champagne, lemon juice, simple syrup, Plymouth gin, Jamaican rum, fresh raspberries


Algonquin Mistletoe: Svedka blueberry, Midori melon, lemon juice, sprite


Algonquin Christmas: Jim Beam, cherry heering, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice







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On November 22, 1902, a small hotel with a red brick and limestone façade designed by Goldwin Starrett, opened its doors in one of the most fashionable areas in New York “in the very center of this town.” The two most popular restaurants of the era – Sherry’s and Delmonico’s – were located just up the street on Fifth Avenue and 44th Street. Five of New York’s greatest clubs – Yale, Harvard, Bar Association, New York Yacht and Century were neighbors. In 1905, the Hippodrome advertised as “the world’s largest playhouse,” opened across the street (now the site of the garage of the same name) and it was soon joined by a group of theaters – the Belasco, the Winthrop Ames, the 44th Street and the Broadhurst.


The visionary Frank Case


Legendary manager (1907) and owner (1927) Frank Case, who joined the Algonquin staff while the hotel was still under construction, believed that the original name – The Puritan – was too straitlaced. He changed it to the Algonquin, opting for an indigenous American name rather than a European name favored by the other hoteliers of the age. From the beginning, Case played an integral role in developing the Algonquin and positioning it as New York’s center of literary and theatrical life. Because he liked actors and writers and was always willing to extend credit to his favorites, Case attracted personalities like Booth Tarkington, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., John Barrymore and H.L Mencken, who called it “the most comfortable hotel in America.” The Algonquin welcomed women guests from the beginning, among them, Evangeline Booth, Lady Gregory, Gertrude Stein, Marian Anderson, Simone de Beauvoir, Helen Hayes, Eudora Weity, Nadine Gordimer, Erica Jong, Edna O’Brien and Maya Angelou. Three Nobel laureates visited on a regular basis – Sinclair Lewis (who offered to buy the hotel), most recently Derek Walcott and most memorably William Faulkner, who drafted his Nobel acceptance speech at the Algonquin in 1950.


The legend of the Round Table


The Algonquin Round Table – a group of New York-based writers, actors, critics and great conversationalists who favored the hotel as a daily meeting spot – set the standard for literary style and wit long beyond their ten-year duration together. It all began after World War I, during which time Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley and Robert E. Sherwood regularly lunched at the hotel because of its convenient location – just a few doors away from the offices of Vanity Fair, where they all worked. One memorable afternoon these three great thinkers were joined by several of their friends for a small party welcoming Alexander Woollcott back to his position as drama critic of The New York Times after he served as a journalist covering the war. Frank Case treated the talented but low paid young writers to free celery and popovers and provided them with their own table and waiter, thereby guaranteeing return daily luncheon visits. The group expanded to a core membership that included Edna Ferber, Peggy Wood, Franklin P. Adams, George S.Kaufman, Heywood Broun and Marc Connelly.


Most of the Round Table members were critics and as they lunched, they would exchange ideas and gossip which found its way into Adams’ “Conning Tower” column in the New York Tribune the next day. For one glorious decade beginning in June of 1
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