With the right management, hotels can be a lot more than just a place to sleep. In fact, some become a part of history. The Algonquin in New York City is one such hotel. The great singer Marion Anderson slept there. So did authors Gertrude Stein, Simone de Beauvoir, and William Faulkner.
But the Algonquin is most famous for the group of writers who lunched there daily for a decade beginning in 1919, dishing out sharp-tongued opinions about the world around them. While others called them the Algonquin Round Table, they called themselves the Vicious Circle.