The most legendary landmark on Park Avenue, the Waldorf Astoria New York is an iconic hotel that inspires the world. An art deco masterpiece, and a New York City Landmark since 1993, The Waldorf Astoria brings together New York’s social elite, the world’s leaders, captains of industry, and travelers from every nation for the most memorable occasions and unforgettable events.
The Waldorf Astoria Archive
The mission of the Waldorf Astoria Archive is to collect, organize, preserve, and make accessible records of historic and intrinsic value related to the history of the hotel; to provide research support; and to further enhance an understanding of the hotel’s history within the history of New York City.
The Waldorf Astoria New York has an unparalleled international reputation shaped by the illustrious and ordinary who have passed through its doors. The digital archive represents a selection from the archives of the Hotel with collections and exhibits, where the heritage of not just a hotel, but a cultural and historical landmark is to be discovered.
Hollywood at The Waldorf
The Waldorf Astoria New York has provided a fantastically romantic backdrop for films dating back to 1945. More than 20 movies have been filmed at the hotel, including the first on-location movie, the romantic comedy Weekend at The Waldorf.
• The City Within—1935 • Nothing Sacred—1937 • Week-End at the Waldorf—1945 • The Great Gatsby—1974 • Broadway Danny Rose—1984 • Coming To America—1988 • The Godfather Part III—1990 • Scent of a Woman—1992 • The Cowboy Way—1994 • Crimes and Misdemeanors—1989 (Mention) • You’ve Got Mail—1998 (Mention) • Random Hearts—1999 • Analyze This—1999 • For Love of the Game—1999 • Isn't She Great—2000) (Mention) • Serendipity—2000 • The Royal Tenenbaums—2001 • Maid in Manhattan—2002 • Two Weeks Notice—2002 • End of the Century - The Story of the Ramones—2005 • Mr. and Mrs. Smith—2005 • The Pink Panther—2006 • The Hoax—2007 • Taking of Pelham spring—2009 • Jack Goes Boating—2011 • The Adjustment Bureau—2011 • Side Effects—2013 • The Other Woman—2013 • The Intern—2015
The Waldorf Hotel (1893-1929) was the first hotel to offer complete electricity and private bathrooms. Since then, a long list of firsts evolved. Notably, the hotel was first to create many classic culinary delights, including dishes Waldorf Salad, Veal Oscar, Lobster Newburg and Eggs Benedict. The Waldorf also popularized room service, Red Velvet Cake and Thousand Island dressing. Lena Horne broke the color barrier in The Vanderbilt Room, a private event space at the hotel, as the first African-American to play in such an establishment as The Waldorf Astoria New York.