My husband and I recently had the pleasure of staying at The Algonquin Hotel, home of Matilda the cat. I have wanted to stay there for years knowing that I could ha a cat to visit when I was on vacation, but was afraid it would be too costly. Luckily, it was off-season and they give Triple A discounts so we were able to stay there. Now I am spoiled and never want to stay anywhere else.
The Algonquin is a small hotel by NYC standards with 156 rooms and 25 suites. The staff were all nice and treated us like royalty. Well, everyone except Matilda, she was very aloof with every reason to be. She is a beautiful cat and very famous, she gets mail from all over the World. She is the reason we stayed there and I am sure she attracts many other guests to the hotel.
For those that don’t know the history, The Algonquin Hotel opened in 1902 and there has been a cat in residence since the 1930’s when the owner, Frank Case adopted a stray that snuck in looking for food. All males are named Hamlet and females are named Matilda. The current Matilda has been there since 2010.
When we checked in, I asked for Matilda and she went running by into the luggage storage area. I was told she comes out about 11 PM at night when the bar crowd dies down and she is always at the desk from 6 AM – 9 AM. She has a great cat tree/perch on the desk where she can snoopervise from a safe distance of her adoring fans.
Matilda did leave us a gift in our room, 2 apples, a fancy bottle of water and a cat faced sleep mask along with a lovely note:
If you plan to visit NYC,I highly recommend you stay at The Algonquin, it is conveniently located near Times Square and The Theatre District. For more information on the history of the hotel or to book a room: http://www.algonquinhotel.com/
Ellen from 15andmeowing
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