History Lives On at The Hotel Wolcott

by Carrie with Children with 13 comments

There is just something special about historic hotels.  The Hotel Wolcott, just blocks from the Empire State Building in New York City, is an affordable home away from home, filled with rich history.

Since opening in March 1904, the historic Hotel Wolcott has welcomed numerous famous guests including musician Buddy Holly.  In 1907, author Edith Warton stayed at the historic property and not long after surviving the Titanic tragedy, passenger Dr. Washington Dodge was also a guest at the Wolcott.

With it’s spacious rooms and grand decor, I can certainly understand why they chose the Hotel Wolcott – it’s beautiful!

Hotel Wolcott Lobby

Prior to the hotel’s grand opening, Architects’ and Builders’ Magazine boasted that the hotel was “Modern French” and offered “elaborately sculptured decoration”.  I especially love that the hotel boasted its own laundry, power plant and ice making machines!  I can only imagine that must have been high luxury items back in the early 1900s.

John H. Duncan was the lead architect for this historic property.  As one of the most famed architects of his time, Duncan was most widely known for his work of Grant’s Tomb.

Hotel Wolcott marble staircase

I enjoyed my stay at the Hotel Wolcott – perfect location, affordable and filled with fantastic history.  And while I was there, I couldn’t help but imagine the earlier days of this historic spot in New York City.

Visit www.Wolcott.com to learn more about this great property.  Be sure and “like” the Hotel Wolcott on Facebook and follow them on Twitter at @WolcottHotel.

What are your favorite things about historic hotels?

** I have received complimentary accommodations for my trip, in exchange for sharing news and my experience at the Hotel Wolcott, .  Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own and not influenced by others. **


  • Hanan

    Isn’t fun to almost feel the history in old landmarks!

    • Carrie with Children

      Yes! It’s fun to imagine what times were like back then – especially the clothes!

  • Lolo

    Hotel Wolcott is gorgeous! I am glad to hear it is affordable too!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks for reading, Lolo! It’s a fantastic hotel!

  • Nichol

    Modern French is a great word. Very beautiful hotel!

    • Carrie with Children

      It’s a very fancy word, isn’t it?! It describes this hotel so perfectly. Thanks for reading, Nichol.

  • Kristi {at} Live and Love Out Loud

    The architecture is fantastic. So ornate! I would love to stay there sometime and will keep them in mind. It looks like I may be going to NY next month.

    • Carrie with Children

      The attention to detail in the decor is amazing! Hope you have a great time in NYC next month, Kristi!

  • Melissa

    Wow, how gorgeous and such a good price for NYC! I love the history behind it too – so wish I could have been there!

    • Carrie with Children

      This hotel is filled with great history and so pretty! Thanks for reading!

  • Tara @ MHA

    What beautiful pictures! I love historic hotels, If I ever make it out there, I will have to check it out!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks for reading, Tara! I really enjoyed my stay at the Wolcott.

  • Emily @FamilyNLifeLV

    That hotel is stunning! I really love older hotels with history! It makes staying there so much more fun!