Maya Angelou stayed at the Algonquin when visiting New York. She wrote the screenplay (adapted from her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings) on Algonquin stationary.
Curiously, the Algonquin’s been the abode of a resident hotel cat since the 1920s. Currently, an orange tabby stray named Hamlet (the seventh of his name) resides at the hotel, and there’s an annual cat fashion show for charity at the Algonquin.
One of the more extravagant traditions at The Algonquin Hotel is the $10,000 Martini, also known as the “Martini on the Rock.”
Ordering the $10,000 martini is not quite so simple as bellying up to the hotel’s Blue Bar and requesting one. Ordering the martini requires a 72-hour pre-order notice. Once the order is placed, customers visit to the hotel’s in-house jeweler, Bader & Garrin, to select their preferred diamond (and setting if desired). The martini is then served in the Blue Bar.