An icon of New York hospitality, the Waldorf was among the first Select Members of The Most Famous Hotels in the World. Its first general manager, George C. Boldt, set new standards of hospitality in America. It started as two hotels: one owned by William Waldorf Astor, whose 13-story Waldorf Hotel was opened in 1893 and the other owned by his cousin, John Jacob Astor IV, called the Astoria Hotel and opened four years later and four stories higher. The hotel we see today is "new". It opened in 1931 as the largest hotel in the world and became a legend. It is a true icon of American hospitality.
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