HOTELS: No. 16

HOTELS No. 16

In forging his chain of 15 hotels, big, bounding Conrad N. Hilton, 62, bought such landmarks as Chicago's huge (2,700 rooms) Stevens, Manhattan's dignified old Plaza, and Los Angeles' flashy Town House. But Connie Hilton still wasn't satisfied. He wanted to own Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria.

Though the Waldorf is smaller (1,900 rooms) than the Stevens and short of the Plaza's leisurely charm, it is the greatest hotel in the world to Hilton, as to almost everyone else.

It is where the Big Four Foreign Ministers met in 1946, where the biggest conventions and...

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