Roosevelt Hotel Celebrates 80 Years

Celebrating its 80th anniversary, The Roosevelt Hotel will pay tribute to
its historical heritage with special speakeasy-style drinks at its Madison
Club Lounge, swing dance lessons, 1920s movie nights, and value-added
packages with some of the best deals in town.
During March, New York`s “grande dame” pays homage to this landmark period
in American history turning the Madison Club Lounge into “The Roosevelt
Speakeasy” with “moonshine” drink specials at 1920s prices. The Roosevelt
swings into spring with April swing lessons in the ballroom and Monday
Movie Nights in May, hosting silent classics from the 1920s and
sensational “talkies” from the 1930s along with complimentary popcorn and

Still the “Cat`s Meow,” The Roosevelt hosts its 80th Anniversary Party in
June for top clientele, local celebrities and politicians, and extending
special invitations to couples who have honeymooned at The Roosevelt.
Guests are invited to stay two weekend nights from July 1 through August
22, Thursdays through Sundays at regular price and spend the third night
for the rock bottom price of $19.24, including a complimentary continental
The Roaring Twenties was a time of optimism with soaring highs—Lindberg
flights, short skirts and bobbed hair, Charleston parties at Prohibition
speakeasies and a building boom of immense proportions—including The
Roosevelt Hotel. Located on Madison Avenue and 45th Street, the hotel
opened its doors Monday, September 22, 1924 and quickly became known for
its gloved porters guiding pampered guests through a private underground
pathway from Grand Central Station. It was also the first hotel in the
city touting extravagances such as its own wellness institute, hospital,
spa and pet hotel.

The Roosevelt was put on the map when cherished Canadian bandleader, Guy
Lombardo and his band, The Royal Canadians, formed in 1924, began the TV
broadcast of “Auld Lang Syne” on New Year`s Eve here in 1929. The band
played at The Roosevelt Hotel from 1929 to 1959, and their New Year`s Eve
broadcasts became a paramount part of New Year`s celebrations across North
America. Today, the Roosevelt continues to entertain while serving as a
backdrop for popular movies including Maid in Manhattan, Boiler Room, Quiz
Show, Wall Street and The French Connection.

The Roosevelt`s original glamour thrives after recent and ongoing
renovations of its public spaces and 1,013 guestrooms. Upon entering the
Lobby, guests are greeted by a life-size statue of Theodore Roosevelt and
into a grand, towering space adorned with marble. The Madison Club Lounge
and Palm Room contain artwork that has survived over the decades, and the
Grand Ballroom retains four original Tiffany chandeliers. From the golden
era to the present, The Roosevelt continues to be the stage for major
business and social events in New York.

For more information on other special events and packages for 2004 and
reservations, call (212) 661-9600 or toll-free (888) TEDDY-NY, or visit
the hotel`s Web site at