Our Last Stay in New York's Most Iconic Hotel: Design Details We'll Never Forget

by Debbie

The grand Park Avenue lobby, which is decorated with an immense floor mosaic by the French artist Louis Rigal, installed in 1939. As described by early hotel publications as “modern with classic Pompeiian influence.” 

"The opening of the new Waldorf Astoria ... marks the measure of nation's growth in power, in comfort, and in artistry,"

– President Herbert Hoover
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Let's Meet At The Clock

A phrase you’d often hear the hotel guests say when meeting someone. The World's Fair Clock standing at 9 feet is located at the center of the hotel's lobby. Combining the Old World and the New in the bronze bas-reliefs surrounding its pedestal, this majestic clock was created in 1893 to commemorate Columbus' discovery of America, and acquired by the Waldorf in 1931 - an iconic symbol and inspiration to all Waldorf Hotels all over the world.

Peacock Alley Brunch spread in the 1970's. Photo from the Waldorf Astoria archives. 

Brunch at Peacock Alley

The lobbyside restaurant has become a staple through out the years with it's famous Sunday brunches where Frank Sinatra, a former hotel resident, dined regularly. Let's not forget the Waldorf Salad - this iconic dish was first created here by maitre d'oscar Tschirky in mid-1980's. 

The Silver Corridor

Located on the third floor of the hotel, the magical Silver Corridor is a mirrored hallway, featuring a black and white tiled checkerboard floor with grand chandeliers and murals by Edward Emerson Simmons. 

Photo from the Waldorf Astoria archives. 

It's All In The Details

Decorative metal grillwork and gold trimmings are found all over the hotel depicting known Art Deco visuals, such as the "Frozen Fountain" built in the staircases, found in the grand ballroom. While all main areas of the hotel are adorned with elaborate ceilings with chandeliers, panels, and murals - every detail is a dream.

Rooms and hallway snaps from our phones

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