New York’s iconic Roosevelt Hotel has been in business for nearly 100 years, but is now closing its doors due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The hotel in midtown Manhattan has become an iconic building in the Big Apple, having been opened in 1924 and named after US President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Its swanky interiors and beautiful architecture have made it a firm favourite with visitors, not to mention it’s served as a filming location for the likes of Netflix’s The Irishman, as well as hit films including Wall Street, Malcolm X, Men in Black 3 and Maid in Manhattan.
Meanwhile, its location right by Times Square and Grand Central Station have made it a hit with guests.
Times Square and Grand Central Station, it’s become an iconic building in the Big Apple.
Unfortunately, the business, owned by Pakistan Intenational Airlines, has taken a hit due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused a drop in visitor numbers.
After 96 years of business, the hotel is expected to close its doors by the end of October.
A statement sent by a spokesperson for the hotel to CNN read: “Due to the current, unprecedented environment and the continued uncertain impact from COVID-19, the owners of The Roosevelt Hotel have made the difficult decision to close the hotel and the associates were notified this week.
“The iconic hotel, along with most of New York City, has experienced very low demand and as a result the hotel will cease operations before the end of the year. There are currently no plans for the building beyond the scheduled closing.”
At the time of writing, the USA has closed its borders to Brits during the pandemic, as you can’t visit if you’ve been in the UK within 14 days prior to a trip.
You can find out more in the latest FCDO USA travel advice.