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The Roosevelt Hotel Celebrates 80 Years
As A New York City Landmark 
NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2004 - 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.

The Roosevelt and The Roaring Twenties

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.

Retaining Its Grandeur Eight Decades Later

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.

New York City's Roosevelt Hotel lobby today, 80 years after opening.
The hotel began welcoming guests on September 22, 1924.

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 soda.

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. 



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