Last Wednesday saw one of New York’s oldest and perhaps its grandest of hotels, close its doors for the last time. The Waldorf Astoria had been an icon of old Manhattan glamour since it opened in 1931 as the largest, most spectacular hotel in the world. As opulent as it was luxurious, the Waldorf Astoria had played host to every President since Herbert Hoover, to British Royalty and Hollywood glamour.
Once, one time owner Conrad Hilton had called it ‘the greatest of them all’, but Hilton Worldwide sold the hotel to a Chinese Insurance Company for just under $2 billion in 2014, with plans to turn the Art Deco masterpiece into apartments.
So, here are a few pictures to revive memories for those of you who have been there.
Clancy's comment: I did visit it a long time ago, but decided not to stay.