Our first morning at the Waldorf, I woke up looked at the vaulted ceiling and said to myself, “I am at the Waldorf!” (My second thought was “Maybe now my mother in law will not think I am a such a loser.” A man can dream?)
OK, I am a Hilton junkie. I actually get a little misty eyed watching the Hilton family documentary on the Hilton welcome Channel on the guest room TV. I am also a history addict so the Waldorf Astoria has it all for me. During our recent trip to NYC we were very lucky to stay at both the Plaza and the Waldorf. (Thank you Hilton reward points). The Astoria is truly a timeless beauty. She is seasoned, smart, and beautiful. The Plaza on the other hand is gorgeous, and she wants everyone to know that she is the Prom Queen. From the guilded gold hand dryers in the lavs, to the multi-chevroned bell captains. Ok enough already, I get it, she is the super diva.
The Waldorf is encapsulated refinement. Deep rich silk carpets adorn the hallways. The woodwork is so ornate and intricate at times you feel like you are in a museum. Every step you take brings into view living history. Cole Porter’s Piano, the historic clock in the center of the inner lobby, and the spacious ballrooms. Even the hollows of the cavernous basement played host to the purchase of the Dead Sea Scrolls!
Waldorf is truly the enduring host to the powerful. Every US president since Hoover has been a guest. Kings, Presidents, and potentates have sought lodging and respite before facing the daily demands of Gotham. Songs, movies and poetry have been and continue to be produced singing praise to the Grande Dame of opulence.
The Waldorf is the place to celebrate life’s milestones. One telling observation, during our stay there was a number of 80th birthday parties and 50th wedding anniversaries being held in one of the private dining areas. Every night there were several going on at the same time. Even a couple of weddings! When the Blue Bloods of NYC, want to celebrate half a century with their spouse, they overwhelmingly chose the Waldorf.
The Waldorf Astoria defines sophistication, service and romance.
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