The world famous art deco style luxury hotel Waldorf Astoria sits on Park Avenue just north of Grand Central Terminal and has played host to some of the world’s most famous visitors and dignitaries, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and Douglas MacArthur. It opened on October 1, 1931.
The 47 story 1500 room hotel was the tallest and largest hotel at a little over 625 feet tall at the time of it’s opening. Hilton acquired the management of the hotel in 1949 and later bought it in 1972.
The hotel was the first to offer room service. The hotel is also famous for Waldorf Salad which was first created in 1896 at the original Waldorf by hotel’s head chef.
The lobby features Cole Porter’s original Steinway floral print grand piano on the Cocktail Terrace, which was a gift to him from the hotel. Porter was a resident at the hotel for 25 years and composed many of his famous songs while living there.
The hotel was named an official New York City Landmark in 1993.