Wolcott Hotel Famous Guests

When staying at The Wolcott Hotel, sleeping in the same room as your favorite author or musician isn’t out of reach. Not only do we offer affordable accommodations and prime location, but we’ve also had famous guests at our hotels, guests such as author Mark Twain, singer-songwriter Buddy Holly, writer Edith Warton, and Titanic survivor Dr. Washington Dodge. 

Buddy Holly and Mark Twain

Buddy Holly stayed at The Wolcott Hotel during the fall of 1958, while visiting New York to record “Stay Close To Me” and “Don't Cha Know,” co-produced with Phil Everly and recorded with Lou Giordano at Beltone Studios.

Six months after the Wolcott opened in 1904, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, stayed here. Twain is the celebrated American author such classics novels as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). Below are letters Mr. Clemens wrote from the hotel to Frank Seaman, an advertising agent, on September 9, 1904.

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