Famous and Fashionable Felines at The Algonquin Hotel

Famous and Fashionable Felines at The Algonquin Hotel

Vito Vincent basked in the attention of his fans at The Algonquin Hotel

Riddled with literary history and a feline-friendly atmosphere, The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection played host to a Broadway-themed cat fashion show this past weekend. In celebration of Matilda, the hotel’s current resident cat, the Barrymore Suite on the second floor was crowded with fashionable felines, while, outside the hotel, cat lovers were able to adopt pets from the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

Taking over a second floor suite inside the famed hotel, the fashion show featured a number of cats dressed as Broadway stars—like 80’s rockers from Rock of Ages and Elphaba from Wicked.

Tara the Hero Cat seemed a little shy

The biggest stars of the show were Broadway's Vito Vincent and Tara, the Hero Cat. Vito, a calm orange tabby, is an animal actor known for his roles in the 2013 Broadway show Breakfast at Tiffany’s as well as a few guest appearances on television. The star lounged near the suite's entrance amid the bustle of visitors snapping photos and scratching behind his ears. Tara, known as The Hero Cat for scaring away a dog that bit her owner’s son, sat atop a table in a side room with her owner, where she could entertain smaller crowds.

A cat dressed as Elle Woods from Broadway

Plenty of other cats and their handlers were spread out in the spacious Barrymore Suite. When not being used for events, the suite makes for a luxurious spot to stay in the city. It comes equipped with a king size bed, enormous flat screen, sunken living room and roomy dressing room leading to the bathroom. Guests are even allowed to bring their own pets, provided they weigh 60 pounds or less.

Unfortunately when I visited, Matilda was taking a break in a back room. Algonquin guests can expect to see her out in the lobby and fans of the famed feline are welcomed to send Matilda an email at matildaalgonquincat@algonquinhotel.com.

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