This news hasn’t been broadcast all over Facebook yet, possibly because it happened during the DNC and everybody’s talking about that instead.

The Waldorf=Astoria in New York is closing for renovations at the beginning of 2017. I’m shocked, but after reading this article, it makes a little more sense. They’re going to be renovating more than half of their rooms into luxury condos, and the rest will be made into high-end, 5-star luxury hotel suites.

In the "men's" lobby of the Waldorf=Astoria. Image taken by Jen.
In the “men’s” lobby of the Waldorf=Astoria. This is where the financial transactions take place. Obviously, women are now allowed to pay for their rooms, and this lobby is open to all. Image taken by Jen.

I visited the Waldorf=Astoria in November 2014, and was blown away by the grandeur of the main spaces, but the rooms, other than the penthouse, were standard. The hotel was definitely showing its age. So the upgrade makes complete sense, especially since The Plaza Hotel nearby had a similar upgrade recently.

So why is a Fandom Travel blog talking about a hotel in New York?

While not used in a “typical” fandom movie, this hotel has been a setting in many movies, including some old and some new.

Week-End at the Waldorf” (1945) with Ginger Rogers and Van Johnson.

The Out of Towners” (1970) with Jack Lemmon

The Great Gatsby” (1974) with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow – even though it is set before the hotel was completed…

Godfather Part III” (1990) in the scene with with George Hamilton

Scent of a Woman” (1992) with Al Pacino – not sure if I like that movie title…

Maid in Manhattan” (2002) with Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes – for the exterior shots of the hotel she works at

Alfie” (2004) with Jude Law

If you are interested in booking a trip to New York to see the Waldorf=Astoria before it closes. You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

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