See the rooms at the elegant old Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (1903)

The suite life: See the rooms at the elegant Waldorf-Astoria (1903)

See the rooms at the elegant old Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (1903)

About the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

THE WALDORF occupies the former site of the late Mr John Jacob Astor’s townhouse, northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and Thirty-third Street and was erected by his son, the Honorable William Waldorf Astor, for Mr. Boldt. Ground was broken November 1st, 1890, and the house was opened for business March 14th, 1893. The hotel derives its name from the little town of Waldorf, in the Duchy of Baden, Germany, which was the ancestral home of the Astor family.

THE ASTORIA occupies the former site of the late Mr William B. Astor’s townhouse, southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and Thirty-fourth Street, and was erected by his son, Col. John Jacob Astor. Ground was broken May 1st, 1895, and the house was opened for business November 1st, 1897. This hotel was named after the town of Astoria, founded in the year 1811 by John Jacob Astor, the first, at the mouth of the Columbia River, Oregon. The combined hotels are known under the title of The Waldorf-Astoria.

Waldorf-Astoria - The Waldorf and the Astoria hotels in NYC 1903

About the Waldorf-Astoria rooms and suites

The Bedrooms: There are in all about 1,300 sleeping rooms and 800 bathrooms; those in the Waldorf part of the hotel are mainly furnished after distinctive periods, while those on the Astoria side are treated in a somewhat lighter and more floral tone. All bathrooms face and ventilate to the open air.

The Fifth Avenue Corner Suites are arranged as complete private apartments, with dining room and butler’s pantries, the latter being supplied with electric heating apparatus.

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THE ASTORIA HOTEL SIDE OF THE WALDORF-ASTORIA
The Royal Suite – Louis Bedroom – The Astoria Hotel

The Royal Suite (two flights up), corner of Thirty-fourth Street and Fifth Avenue. This suite consists of a drawing room, dining room and seven bedrooms. The drawing room is furnished after the old Italian, and the bedrooms after the Louis periods, respectively.

The Royal Suite - Louis Bedroom - The Astoria Hotel


Fifth Ave corner suite – drawing room – Astoria Hotel

Fifth Ave corner suite - drawing room - Astoria Hotel - 1903


Double bedroom at the Astoria Hotel

Double bedroom at the Astoria Hotel - 1903


Bathroom in Waldorf-Astoria Hotel room

Bathroom in Waldorf-Astoria Hotel room - 1903


THE WALDORF HOTEL SIDE OF THE WALDORF-ASTORIA

Pomp and circumstance. The large Waldorf. The luxurious Waldorf. The glorious Waldorf.

How New York — huge, calm, sophisticated New York — gazed and gaped at the splendors of its newest tavern. People flocked to it by the hundreds and by the thousands; they engaged tables in all of its restaurants days and even weeks in advance. They filled its sleeping rooms.

When they could not do any of these things, they just came — open-eyed — to return, more open-eyed than before. For these last, professional guides were engaged; probably for the first time in the history of any hotel. These young men, glib of tongue and pleasing of manner, were hired to direct strangers through the hotel and to spare no details of information in regard to it.

A Louis XV drawing room at Waldorf Hotel

A Louis XV drawing room at Waldorf Hotel - 1903


Astor dining room at the Waldorf Hotel

Astor dining room at the Waldorf Hotel in New York - 1903


Double bedroom at the Waldorf Hotel

Double bedroom at the Waldorf Hotel - 1903


Empire Suite – bedroom – Waldorf

Empire Suite - bedroom - Waldorf Hotel - 1903


Empire Suite – Drawing room at The Waldorf

Empire Suite - Drawing room at The Waldorf


Greek Bedroom at the Waldorf Hotel

Greek Bedroom at the Waldorf Hotel - 1903 - Waldorf-Astoria


Italian Renaissance Suite – Drawing room – The Waldorf

Italian Renaissance Suite - Drawing room - The Waldorf - 1903


One of a series of Louis XV bedrooms at the Waldorf Hotel

One of a series of Louis XV bedrooms at the Waldorf Hotel - 1903


Pompeiian Bedroom at the Waldorf Hotel

Pompeiian Bedroom at the Waldorf Hotel in New York - 1903


Reception Room of Astor Dining Room at the Waldorf Hotel

Reception Room of Astor Dining Room at the Waldorf Hotel - 1903


Single bedroom at the Waldorf Hotel

Single bedroom at the Waldorf Hotel - 1903 - Waldorf-Astoria


East India Suite – Drawing room – Waldorf

Waldorf Hotel East India Suite - Drawing room - 1903


Waldorf State Apartments – Francis I bedroom

Waldorf State Apartments - Francis I bedroom - 1903


Waldorf State Apartments – Henry IV drawing room

Waldorf State Apartments - Henry IV drawing room - 1903


Waldorf State Apartments – Louis XVI – Music room

Waldorf State Apartments - Louis XVI - Music room - 1903


A Colonial bedroom at the Waldorf Hotel

A Colonial bedroom at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel - 1903

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