The Waldorf Astoria

New York City's most iconic hotel is closing indefinitely this month — take a look back at its star-studded past

The Park Avenue lobby entrance to the Waldorf Astoria hotel.Mark Lennihan / AP Images

The Park Avenue lobby entrance to the Waldorf Astoria hotel.Mark Lennihan / AP Images

A picture of the Waldorf Astoria hotel taken on February 25, 1953.AP Images

A picture of the Waldorf Astoria hotel taken on February 25, 1953.AP Images

Two waiters serve two steel workers lunch on top of the Waldorf Astoria in 1930.Keystone/Getty Images

Two waiters serve two steel workers lunch on top of the Waldorf Astoria in 1930.Keystone/Getty Images

New York City's Waldorf Astoria is one of the most legendary hotels in the world.

Its suites have hosted every US president since Herbert Hoover, and Hollywood legends Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, and Frank Sinatra have all at different times called the residential towers home. Countless lavish social events were held in its ballrooms, and its kitchens were the birthplace of red velvet cupcakes and the Waldorf salad.

The Famous Waldorf Salad, which typically contains apples, mayonnaise, celery, and walnuts. Photo Courtesy of The Waldorf Astoria

The Famous Waldorf Salad, which typically contains apples, mayonnaise, celery, and walnuts. Photo Courtesy of The Waldorf Astoria

John F. Kennedy talking with the daughter of the Italian ambassador to Germany, Maria Carmela Attolico.AP Images

John F. Kennedy talking with the daughter of the Italian ambassador to Germany, Maria Carmela Attolico.AP Images

Frank Sinatra, far left, and Barbara, his wife, far right, with President Ronald Reagan and Nancy, his wife, before a reception at the Waldorf Astoria on September 30, 1980.Charles Harrity/AP Images

Frank Sinatra, far left, and Barbara, his wife, far right, with President Ronald Reagan and Nancy, his wife, before a reception at the Waldorf Astoria on September 30, 1980.Charles Harrity/AP Images

And an honorary dinner for Queen Elizabeth II was hosted in the Grand Ballroom in 1957. Photo Courtesy of The Waldorf Astoria

And an honorary dinner for Queen Elizabeth II was hosted in the Grand Ballroom in 1957. Photo Courtesy of The Waldorf Astoria


Last year the hotel celebrated its 85th anniversary, but it will close indefinitely for renovations on February 28. The full article can be read on BusinessInsider.com