History lives at The Roosevelt Hotel New York. You know that just by walking through the doors into the grand lobby. Referred to as the “Grande Dame of Madison Avenue”, The Roosevelt Hotel has been serving guests of New York City since its doors opened on September 22, 1924. That makes tomorrow our 85th anniversary!
Throughout the years, The Roosevelt Hotel New York has encompassed a variety of historic events and memories. What better time than now to take a walk down memory lane.
Named for President Theodore Roosevelt, the architects of the hotel designed its style in honor of the fondness for early American colonial times of which he had. Its grand façade occupies an entire city block in the heart of midtown Manhattan and was the first hotel in New York City to have street level shops. These shops were designed to offset revenue losses due to the Prohibition. At one time, the hotel was also linked with Grand Central Station by way of an underground passage.
Throughout the years, The Roosevelt Hotel has been host to many great events in history. In 1929, Guy Lombardo and his orchestra performed their first show at the hotels restaurant, the Roosevelt Grill. They continued to play here for the next 30 years and it was at the hotel that he first broadcast the playing of the famous New Years Eve tradition, “Auld Lang Syne”.
In the political forum, The Roosevelt Hotel was headquarters to Governor Thomas E. Dewey from 1943 to 1955. It was in Suite 1527 where he conducted most of his official business in the city and where he returned to in 1948 to hear that he had been defeated by President Harry Truman. This election was known as one of the greatest political upsets in American history. The Chicago Tribune was so sure of Dewey’s victory that it printed the false headline for the following day’s newspaper.
In addition to the luxuries of our 1,015 guestrooms and 52 suites, we have hosted tons of meetings and social affairs in the hotels Grand Ballroom. Its elegant design is the perfect backdrop for any affair and that’s exactly what Major James “J.J.” Walker thought in 1926. The Roosevelt Hotel was chosen to welcome home the crew of the naval ship the USS Roosevelt to New York.
After a few decades of accommodating guests, the hotel closed in 1995 for a $65-million extensive renovation. We maintained much of the original structure and restored the original historic feel with the addition of modern amenities.
The Roosevelt Hotel is in the business of serving our loyal customers day after day and has been doing so now for 85 years. It has been such an honor to give people a comfort during their travels for leisure or business and we will continue to do so for years to come.
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Happy 85th Anniversary to The Roosevelt Hotel New York!