Journey Through Time
Waldorf Astoria has been synonymous with unmatched service, bringing together the social elite, and delivering unforgettable experiences for well over a century. The storied global brand has evolved from a single property in New York City to a portfolio of more than 30 iconic properties in the world’s most sought-after destinations.
The original Waldorf Hotel was built at 33rd Street and Fifth Avenue in 1893 by William Waldorf Astor. Four years later, John Jacob Astor IV, William’s cousin and familial rival, built an even taller hotel next door in an act of one-upmanship. The cousins finally agreed to a truce and the two buildings were connected through a 300-foot marble corridor known as Peacock Alley. The Waldorf-Astoria was born.
The Waldorf Astoria sets a list of global precedents: the first hotel to have electricity on every floor, the first to have en suite baths, and the first to offer 24-hour room service.
The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok opens as the first Waldorf Astoria in South East Asia. The Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa becomes the first hotel to join the Waldorf Astoria Collection after the flagship New York property became a brand.