Happy Monday everyone! Today is fun and games day so I thought I would tell you more about my fun in NYC. As you know, I had the pleasure of staying in NYC recently. I had always wanted to stay at The Algonquin Hotel because of their resident cat. I never even imagined getting to stay unless I won the lottery, but I decided to check the rates and was pleasantly surprised at the pricing. I must note that when I just checked again for May, I was unpleasantly surprised.
Hubby and I always take the bus in from Springfield, MA to the Port Authority Bus Station right near Times Square. The Algonquin is only a few blocks away so it was perfect. It is a small hotel which makes check in extra quick. The staff treats you like royalty and they even hail a cab for you. They opened in 1902 and have had a resident cat since the 1930’s when the owner took in a stray. All males are named Hamlet and females are named Matilda. The current Matilda is a Ragdoll that has been there since 2010 and is quite the diva. She stayed up on her perch located at the front desk for hours. She wouldn’t get close enough for me to pet her, but she did let me get a photo. She also left some apples, fancy bottled water and a cute eye mask in the room with a note:
In addition to being known for Matilda, The Algonquin also has quite the literary history. Starting in 1919 , members of the “round table” had lunch their daily for 10 years. This group included several eiditors and critics from Vanity Fair and thr New York Times.
We were given a pre release copy of a book Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
If you want to know what it is about, Goodreads has the description and reviews: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23492284-eight-hundred-grapes. Just comment between now and Thursday, I will announce the winner Friday. You can comment daily for more chances to win.
I am off to buy a lottery ticket so I can afford to stay at the hotel again in May 🙂