Literary tourists traveling to New York have long been drawn to the Algonquin Hotel, the site of the famed Algonquin Roundtable. Full disclosure: "Literary tourists" include me -- I've been there more than once to have a martini in its lounge.
The Algonquin was where a group of writers, wits and key literary figures met starting in 1919 to eat, argue and, of course, drink. Dorothy Parker, the petite poet with an acid pen and a hollow leg, was one of its stalwarts. So was Robert Benchley, one of his generation's most popular humorists;
Although the Roundtable's run ended in the late 1920s, it has not been forgotten. The hotel has changed hands among various owners and gone through a number of renovations, but it has always held on to its literary legacy.
It expanded on that legacy this week, announcing a new partnership with publisher Simon & Schuster. On the literary tourist front, it includes a Simon & Schuster suite, a room that comes stocked with books -- it's safe to say, with a heavy Simon & Schuster emphasis.
The Simon & Schuster suite is on the seventh floor of the 12-story hotel, which is located in
The Simon & Schuster package -- which includes a complementary breakfast at the Round Table Restaurant -- starts at $459 a night.
Apart from the suite, the partnership with the publisher includes a speaker series featuring Simon & Schuster authors which is open to the public. First up is Chuck Klosterman, who will be launching his book of essays "I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling With Villains" there on July 8.
Will the hotel partner with other publishers? Well, there are plenty of rooms left.