Famous Guest Buddy Holly
The Hotel Wolcott Buddy Holly story goes like this: During the fall of 1958 Buddy Holly stayed at The Hotel Wolcott in while a Lou Giordano recording session took place at the Beltone Studios [Beltone Recording Corporation, 4 West 31st Street, New York City]. Buddy Holly and Phil Everly co-produced the session. The two songs recorded were "Stay Close To Me" and "Don't Cha Know". Buddy played guitar on both songs.
The fabulous Wolcott Hotel turns 100 years old this year crowing a full century of quality service delivered in elegant surroundings, right in the heart of Manhattan. And, you'll be amazed at the economical pricing available while you enjoy the Wolcott's romantic history and charm.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Fifth Avenue was the home of the elite, but commerce and a number of theaters were invading the area. After the Astor Family built the Waldorf Astoria, hotels and apartments joined in the changing mix of NYC' lower Manhattan . An entrepreneur with a rather checkered history commissioned the construction of the Wolcott, truly one of the "Grand Dames" of historical NYC hotels built between 1900 and 1910.
The Wolcott, fashioned in big, bold, Beaux-Arts style, opened its doors on March 1, 1904 . The initial brochure describes it as "new enough to be fresh and modern" but "not offensively new" Its public rooms are "high and bright and spacious" with "a special entrance for ladies" which is rarely used as the "main entrance is so free of crowd, so comfortable, so easy."
In honor of the Wolcott's historical anniversary, NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a special proclamation praising the Wolcott as a reflection of the "grandeur of old New York " personified in its marble staircase, leaded chandeliers and ornate molding. Through the years famous persons have stayed at the Wolcott: Buddy Holly stayed here to make some of his best known recordings. In 1907, writer Edith Warton sent a letter to a friend from the Wolcott. After the enormous tragedy of the sinking of the Titanic, Dr. Washington Dodge, one of the survivors, found respite at the Wolcott and wrote an account of his experiences at being rescued.
Whether you've come to NYC for the sights, the sounds, the shows, and the excitement or with a business venture in hand, why not experience the elegant grace and sophistication which imbue the Hotel Wolcott's historical NYC reputation? Make your reservations today at a hotel known for its ambiance and romance as well as its service and affordability. At the Wolcott, a place of sensuous architectural beauty, you'll attain a much bigger slice of New York, the way it was and the way it is, today!