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Hotel Albert, "The Downtown Algonquin"

The original twelve-story Hotel Albert, a red-brick and cast-iron balcony structure, still stands on the southwest corner of University Place and 11th Street in Greenwich Village. It is now a residential cooperative. But the history of the Albert is much more complicated than the simple recitation above.

Hotel Nacional de Cuba

In April 2000, my wife, Professor Rima Sokoloff, and I visited Cuba with an educational study group. Our weeklong trip included visits to beaches, farms, cigar factory, schools, reforestation project, hospitals, historic sites and a Passover seder at a Havana synagogue.

Hotel History: The Knickerbocker Hotel

Did you read that the old Knickerbocker Hotel (1906-1921) is about to open again as a hotel on February 12, 2015?

This historic building opened as the Knickerbocker Hotel in 1906 with 556 rooms.

Lucius M. Boomer, George C. Boldt and Oscar of the Waldorf

Lucius Boomer, one of the most famous hoteliers of his time, was Chairman of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Corporation.

Hotel History: Liberty Hotel in Boston

The luxurious 298-room Liberty Hotel is part of the Starwood Luxury Collection. Its creation from a prison is one of the most creative and unusual conversions of our time.

Ellsworth Milton Statler

In 1950, the hotel industry picked the late E. M. Statler as the "Hotel Man of the Half Century," even though he had been dead for 22 years. Statler's impact on innkeeping was so great, no one else even came close.

Hotel History: The Opening of the Current Waldorf-Astoria

In 1931, the new Waldorf-Astoria Hotel opened at Park Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets under Lucius Boomer's direction. The Art Deco style hotel, designed by architects Schultze & Weaver, dazzled thousands of onlookers when it was unveiled. With 42 stories and 2,200 rooms, the building was the largest hotel in the world at the time of its opening.

Hotel History: The Original Waldorf-Astoria

Did you ever wonder about the hyphen between Waldorf and Astoria (Waldorf-Astoria). Here's how it came to be.

Hotel History: Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans

The original Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel was built in 1893 by Louis Grunewald, a German immigrant, as the Grunewald Hotel. In 1908, it was expanded with a fourteen-story 400-room annex. The expansion was designed by the Milwaukee architectural firm, H.C. Koch & Sons who also designed the Pfister Hotel and the City Hall in Milwaukee.

Hotel History: Hotel Dixie/Carter

A recent article in the New York Times (July 27, 2014) reported on the adventures of North Vietnamese businessman Truong Dinh Tran ("Mr. Tran's Messy Life and Legacy"):