Ahotel from the inexhaustible coffers of the Astors. Built in 1904, was one of the three great Times Square hotels that helped making the area a social nexus for high society. The Astor was famed for its public rooms and restaurants, with each room highlighting a different style and period. One room was done in an "Indian" style; another was decorated a la Chinoise, another in the Flemish manner, etc.