The Algonquin Hotel, famed as the 1920s martini-swilling location of choice for some of the era’s great literary figures — Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley and “The New Yorker” founder Harold Ross — has entered into a partnership with the Marriott hotel chain.  Fortunately the hotel, which has a reputation for fostering an artistic environment, will retain its historic charm and unique identity.  Opened in 1902, it became an official New York City landmark three years ago. The infamous Algonquin Round Table of the 1920s set the standard for literary style and wit long beyond its ten-year duration.  After the first World War, Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, and Robert E. Sherwood regularly lunched at the hotel, located a few doors away from Vanity Fair, where they all worked. Eventually the group expanded to include around 30 editors and journalists who influenced the style of American literature by their debates and discussions, hang-ups and obsessions, bitter judgements and witty “sound-bites”, which spurred Dorothy Parker to refer to the group as “the Vicious Circle”.