The Big Apple has always been a place of drama and captivating stories. Some of the most fascinating scenes throughout history have played out in New York, many of them in the city’s most iconic and well known hotels. We delve into the history of some of New York’s most famous hotels.

The Jane Hotel

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This iconic West Village property occupies a prominent corner site on Jane Street. Completed in 1908, the hotel was designed by Ellis Island architect William A. Boring as the American Seaman’s Friend Society Sailors’ Home and Institute, a hotel for sailors with rooms that were reminiscent of ship’s cabins. The survivors of the Titanic disaster stayed at the hotel in 1912, and in the 80’s and 90’s it rose to prominence again as a venue for rock and roll events. It is also the former residence of RuPaul, who used to live in the hotel’s penthouse, now the Ballroom Rooftop.

 

The Algonquin

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This hotel has been making headlines since 1902, when it rented single rooms for just $2 a night. In 1919 it began to host the famous Vicious Circle writers group every day for lunch, who would continue to dine here for the next ten years. Harold Ross was able to start The New Yorker with winnings from a poker game with the Vicious Circle, and the hotel still gives guests free copies of the literary magazine.  Maya Angelou and William Faulkner both wrote some of their seminal work here, and the hotel is also famous for its furry inhabitants, three cats who call The Algonquin home.

The Marlton

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This incredible boutique hotel dates from 1900 and oozes turn of the century splendour and glamour. Inspired by the writing’s of F. Scott Fitzgerald, famous for writing The Great Gatsby, The Marlton is certainly a property that Gatsby would have felt comfortable in. The wood panelled lounges are peppered with Art Deco furnishings, and The Marlton was a favoured haunt of Jack Kerouac, who wrote some of “On The Road” in this famous hotel. Let’s take a look at a few other projects currently underway New York:Moxy Hotel Nomad

Excavation is well underway for the 37-story, Moxy hotel planned to rise at 105 West 28th Street, on the western side of Chelsea.   …[READ MORE]Virgin Hotel New York

Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels has announced that it will build a hotel in New York City. The company will build the Virgin Hotel on the northwest corner of 30th Street  …[READ MORE]Graduate Roosevelt Island

Graduate Roosevelt Island is a ground-up hotel development with panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline.   …[READ MORE]More information on hotel projects New York can be found in the TOPHOTELPROJECTS database. TOPHOTELPROJECTS is the specialized service provider of cutting-edge information of the hospitality industry.

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