Famous Guests

Want to know what it would be like to sleep in the same rooms as your favorite author or musician?
 
Reserve a room at The Wolcott Hotel to find out!
 
We offer affordable accommodations in the heart of New York City where famous guests spent many nights, including author Mark Twain, singer-songwriter Buddy Holly, writer Edith Warton, and Dr. Washington Dodge, one of the survivors of the sinking of the Titanic. Dr. Dodge found respite at the Wolcott after the tragedy and wrote an account of his experiences on the boat and during the rescue. Learn more about their time with us below.
  • Mark Twain

  • Buddy Holly

  • Edith Warton

  • Dr. Washington Dodge

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Only six months after the Wolcott opened its doors in 1904, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name “Mark Twain,” stayed here. Mr. Clemens was an American author and humorist that wrote The Adventure of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventure of Huckleberry Finn (1885). Below are some letters Mr. Clemens wrote from the hotel on September 9, 1904. The letters below are to Frank Seaman, an advertising agent whose office was on 34th Street.

Letter Mr. Clemens wrote from the Wolcott hotel to Frank Seaman.
Letter Mr. Clemens wrote from the Wolcott hotel to Frank Seaman.
Letter Mr. Clemens wrote from the Wolcott hotel to Frank Seaman.

Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly stayed at The Wolcott Hotel during the fall of 1958. He was visiting New York for a recording session with Lou Giordano, which took place at Beltone Studios. Buddy Holly and Phil Everly co-produced the session. The two songs recorded during this time were “Stay Close To Me” and “Don't Cha Know.” Buddy played guitar on both songs.

Letter Mr. Clemens wrote from the Wolcott hotel to Frank Seaman.
Buddy Holly, famous guest at Wolcott Hotel