Waldorf=Astoria Collection customers are family, business, and casual travelers who are planning on having a luxurious hotel experience and wish to be surrounded by the ultimate in style, sophistication and luxurious amenities. It is also the perfect hotel brand for a traveler wishing to relax in luxury while immersing themselves in history. Waldorf=Astoria Collection hotels are impeccably styled and many of the resorts boast beautiful landscaping such as beautiful golfing greens and private beaches and pools.
The Waldorf=Astoria Collection is a member of the Hilton Luxury and Lifestyle Brands. The Waldorf=Astoria New York and The Waldorf =Astoria Orlando are both part of the Waldorf=Astoria brand. The hotel is branded with a double hyphen. Originally, a single hyphen was used, and was famously referred to in the popular song, "Meet Me At the Hyphen". The double hyphen represents the original corridor connecting The Waldorf and The Astoria hotels. In 2006, Hilton Hotels, Inc. announced it would launch a brand of luxury hotels called the Waldorf=Astoria Collection. The Waldorf=Astoria Collection hotels currently include Casa Marina Resort, Dakota Mountain Lodge & Spa, Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, El Conquistador Resort, El San Juan Hotel & Casino, La Quinta Resort & Spa, Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, Las Casitas Resort, Rome Cavalieri, Naples Grande Bach Resort, Saudi Arabia's Al Sharq, The Boulders Resort, The Bentley Hotel, The Reach Resort Triannon Palace Versailles, The Roosevelt New Orleans, The Waldorf Astoria and Waldorf Astoria OrlandoWaldorf Astoria New York. Plans are in the works to open more Waldorf=Astoria Collection locations in Florida, California, Chicago, Montreal, Berlin and Shanghai by 2014.
The Waldorf=Astoria Collection hotels and resorts offer locations, packages, and activities that appeal to everyone. At the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa guests can immerse themselves in the historic location by selecting an Arizona Biltmore History Package that includes a history tour of the Biltmore by a certified historian and a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Scottsdale School. The Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa is the perfect get away for any outdoors or golf lover or a romantic retreat.
The New York location of the Waldorf=Astoria hotel brand is a historic, luxury hotel located in Manhattan, and served as the inspiration for the Waldorf=Astoria Collection hotel brand. It is said that in 1932, Conrad Hilton himself was so inspired by the Waldorf Astoria New York that he wrote onto a photograph of the hotel "The Greatest of Them All" in 1932. Hilton realized his dream in 1949 when he purchased the Waldorf Astoria.
William Waldorf Astor opened the Waldorf Hotel on the site of his 5th avenue mansion in 1893. Immediately upon its opening, the Waldorf became the ultimate hangout for the world's elite and wealthy. In 1897, John Jacob Astor IV, Waldorf's cousin, built the Astoria Hotel, a 17 story building that stood adjacent to the Waldorf. The hotels were both grandiose and were actually designed by the same person, Henry Hardenbergh. Hardenbergh actually added a 300 foot marble corridor that connected the two hotels in an unbelievable act of foresight.
Presently, the Waldorf=Astoria New York is located at 301 Park Avenue. The hotel is 47 stories tall, occupies an entire city block and its beautiful art deco design by architects Schultze and Weaver has become a sight to be seen in Manhattan. In 1993, it became an official landmark of New York City. Recently, the hotel has undergone a $300 million renovation. The hotel offers 1,245 guest rooms. This includes 197 suites. Each room is individually decorated with elegant decor and have in room amenities such as high speed Internet, speaker phones, and premium cable. On the 26th floor of the hotel there is what is known as the "Astoria Level". This floor of the hotel has upgraded accommodations including deluxe bathrooms amenities, bathrobes, 24 hour room service, daily newspaper and concierge service. Guest on this level of the hotel receive exclusive benefits of the relaxing, private, and sophisticated, Astoria Lounge. These benefits include complimentary continental breakfast, beverages, and dessert. The hotel also offers a beauty parlor, four restaurants, and several boutiques located in the area surrounding the distinctive and luxurious lobby. One of the most unique features of the New York location is that the hotel has its very own railway platform as of the Grand Central Terminal. An elevator that was large enough to carry Franklin D. Roosevelt's car provides instantaneous access to the train platform. The train platform has been used by many celebrities and historical figures. The hotel is in walking distance from many other tourist attractions and landmarks, such as Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, shopping on 5th Avenue and St. Patrick's Cathedral.