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The Wolcott Hotel History
Let's take a trip back through time at our historic hotel in NYC.
At the Wolcott Hotel, we pride ourselves on staying modern without forgetting our history. We have reproduced the original verbiage used in the 1904 hotel brochures and publications for your enjoyment.
The Wolcott Hotel is a hotel of extremes. New, but it isn't quite the biggest. Centrally located, but not quite in the center. High prices enough, but far from the highest prices. Well-served, but not over-served. Well-defined with guests who come again and again, but not overcrowded. The Wolcott Hotel is on the south side of West 31st Street, just a step from Fifth Avenue, near enough to Broadway but not too near Midway, between the Twenty-Third Street shopping district and Fortieth Street. Within an easy 10-minute walk, you'll find all the best theaters and the opera house (three or four minutes in a taxi).
Directly between the subway in Fourth Avenue and the Elevated Railway in Sixth, seven minutes from the Grand Central Station, and scarcely more to the 23rd Street Ferries, The Tube of Lackawanna and Erie. Nearer still to the new Pennsylvania Station. West 31st Street is a quiet street and no crosstown traffic passes through. Instantly accessible to the daytime and nighttime activity, the Wolcott is far from the roar and turmoil of the city.
New enough to be fresh and modern, the Wolcott is still historic at heart. Its public rooms are high and bright and spacious. There is a special entrance for ladies, but it is rarely used, as the main entrance is so free of crowds, so comfortable, so easy.
There is a bathroom with every suite and almost every room. Bathrooms, like the bedrooms, are open to the free air and sunlight. There are two courts, each bigger than two city lots, broad, brilliant and airy. The rooms are big enough, but not too big.
Comfortable, not barny. Most of the windows run from the ceiling to the floor. Plenty of closet room, doors with mirrors that run the full length, and lights comfortably placed by the dressing case, on bedside tables, as well as in the ceiling.
Not over-served, but there is always a servant glad to do just what you want to be done, in just the way you want it done, at your command, on the instant. Never a servant to annoy you with superfluous attention.
A valet always at hand to brush your clothes and press them. A ladies' maid deft in the hooking up of delicate gowns. If you like, your trunk will be unpacked when you come, and packed again when you go, with all the care that your servants might give it, and with the skill of more than your own servant's experience. And clean – oh! but the Wolcott is clean. Never a carpet, or rug, or piece of upholstery touched by a broom. Every particle of dust drawn by powerful suction cleaner every day. You may rub a fresh pocket handkerchief on any piece of woodwork, even on the tops of the simply framed pictures that do not over-decorate the wall, and never a smudge will show. The Wolcott is just big enough to afford the very best housekeeping superintendent in every department. Small enough so that no tiny detail escapes attention.
A room and bath at the Wolcott ranges from $3.00 upwards per day. A drawing-room, bedroom and bath from $8.00 up. Maids' room is $2.00 and Maids' board – an excellent board it is – $1.50. Special terms will be given to those who make long stays. The Wolcott is glad of permanent guests. Prices are as low as they can be to provide the very best of everything, but there are no "extras". Your "check" is always a little less than you expect.
The management treats every guest as a guest. Your comfort is the first consideration. You may telegraph from rooms at our expense. Mention of your train will bring a uniformed porter to meet you. He will take charge of your trunks and see that they reach the hotel promptly.
If you have not reserved rooms, bring your luggage checks to the hotel with you. Our porter will then take them in hand, and your trunks will be brought to you more quickly than if they were turned over to a Transportation Company for delivery.
There is never any possibility of dispute because whatever you say is right. Many conveniences have been provided that will not be found in most hotels. The valet and maid have supplies of little toilet articles, some one of which is apt to be forgotten. A white cravat… or hairpin… a toothbrush… or a welcome knot of fresh chiffon. A bathrobe or a night dress – all provided spick and span in a sealed envelope.
Fresh brushes and combs – indeed everything that the difficulties of one guest suggest – has been provided, against the possibility of a like difficulty again. An umbrella for a rainy day. A telephone in every room that carries your instruction to the office and connects with every other telephone everywhere.