Wyndham New Yorker, New York City – Hotel Review
The stylish New Yorker, known for its distinctive red “New Yorker” sign atop the building, is a part of the city’s rich history. From its opening on January 2, 1930, the hotel was one of the city’s most fashionable, not to mention the largest with 2,500 rooms, a trend that continued through the 1940s and 1950s. In addition to the elegant ballrooms and five restaurants, the Art Deco hotel housed the world’s largest barbershop, sporting 42 chairs.
As the city’s fortunes declined, so did the hotel’s. By the 1960s, it was outclassed by newer and more modern properties and it closed its doors in 1972.
It gained a new lease on life in the 1990s, with several top-to-bottom renovations, and has been a part of the Wyndham chain since early 2014.
Over the years, the hotel has been host to a number of prominent guests, including Fidel Castro, Muhammad Ali, and Joan Crawford. Nikola Tesla even lived there during the latter years of his life. All of this and more is detailed in a small museum, in the lower levels of the lobby, dedicated to the hotel’s history.
I walked through the hotel’s revolving doors and felt transported into the 1930s. While everything in the lobby evoked the day the hotel opened, that didn’t mean that the property was bereft of twenty first century conveniences. It didn’t take very long to check in and get my room key and, as I walked to the elevator lobby – equally frozen in time – I could just imagine Clark Gable and Greta Garbo standing there, waiting for the next car.
My newly-renovated Executive Queen room included a sleeping area and workspace, although there was not much open floor space available.