Kelly added that the popularity of the Astor family brought a touch of New York class and elegance to the hotel.
Maribel Rosario, 54, of the Bronx, who worked at the hotel for 30 years as a sales representative, said those traditions have continued to this day as the staff has worked to make sure everyone, whether Brad Pitt or a foreign couple on honeymoon, feel at home.
Rosario, who hopes to get another hotel job, said she isn’t sure if the new Waldorf Astoria, after its planned two- to three-year renovation that will also shut down the hotel’s restaurants and bars, will have the same vibe.
A representative for Anbang Insurance Group, the Chinese-based owners who purchased the hotel for nearly $2 billion in 2014, said the exact number of hotel rooms that will be available after the construction hasn’t been finalized; however, the public spaces, like the Grand Ballroom, will reopen to visitors.
City Councilman Dan Garodnick, who represents midtown, agreed and has pushed the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to approve a plan to landmark the Waldorf Astoria’s interiors.