As the holidays approach, hotels and motels are more in demand. An auction lot took me on a mental trip to New York...city of amazing hotels...in the midst of silver plate was a neat water pitcher...and signed...
And, in addition to the hotel silversmiths as they are penned, research on the Waldorf Astoria proved to be even more fascinating. It seems that a family feud was responsible for the construction of the original Waldorf-Astoria on 5th Avenue. It started as two hotels: one owned by William Waldorf Astor, whose 13-story Waldorf Hotel was opened in 1893 and the other owned by his cousin, John Jacob Astor IV, called the Astoria Hotel and opened four years later in 1897, four stories higher.
The new 13-story Waldorf Hotel opened on March 14, 1893, with 450 guestrooms and 350 bathrooms, each of these with an outer window- a feature which apparently made a tremendous impression upon the high-grade traveling public of the nineties.
The hotels were initially built as two separate structures, but Boldt planned the Astoria so it could be connected to the Waldorf by Peacock Alley. The combined Waldorf-Astoria became the largest hotel in the world at the time, while maintaining the original Waldorf's high standards.
So, as you plan your Thanksgiving dinner, give thanks for all that you have even if you are not at the Waldorf Astoria! And, from the past - a 1939 menu!
"Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were."