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This grandiose Waldorf property is regal throughout, but the movie-star-glamorous, block-long lobby is positively magnificent, and the history and pedigree equally impressive. Sizes and views in the well-appointed, traditional rooms vary: Luxury suites are more than ample, but the smallest rooms are simply too small for what you’re probably paying, even if the upholstery is striped silks and/or deeply tufted. Some have tubs (even clawfoots!); others on the upper floors overlook the city or the fourth-floor pool. All have luscious beds. But guest rooms really take a back seat to the exceptional lobby and other common areas: the sumptuous Waldorf Astoria Spa, Domenica restaurant, Sazerac Bar, and the historic Blue Room club. Service sometimes feels stretched. Check for occasional good package deals and seasonal rates. Holiday season here is dreamlike.