We just walked in, sat down and ordered a cappuccino. Barely thawed from the outside, we turned to our left and were surprised to find a lump of fur luxuriously sprawled in the middle of the corner couch, firmly dreaming some lovely kitty dreams. Eventually we had to wake her up as another, more impatient guest was threatening to shoo her away, and we couldn't have that. So we patted her and talked to her and...she still didn't wake up. No worries thoughMatilda III is just a deep sleeper.
Here's the story, via Gothamist, of why the hotel always has a cat in the first place:
The tradition began at The Algonquin in the 1930s when a straggly stray cat wandered in through the hotel’s front door looking for food and shelter. Owner Frank Case, 'the consummate host most famous for first welcoming Dorothy Parker and her friends to start the legendary Algonquin Round Table in the hotel’s bar,' gladly welcomed the cat inside
Stop in and see the new Matilda whenever; she seems to favor the people furniture, so watch where you sit.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for HotelChatter]