NEW YORK— It’s goodbye for now to the grand Art Deco lobby and celebrities crossing paths en route to The Towers at the Waldorf Astoria: one of the world’s most luxurious hotels is closing for renovation. The main lobby to New York City’s Waldorf Astoria.-AFP/VNA Photo The legendary establishment opened at its Park Avenue location in midtown Manhattan in 1931 with more than 1,400 rooms, the largest — and tallest — anywhere at the time. It has hosted a stream of international political leaders, movie stars, tycoons and power players of all kinds for more than 85 years. From Marilyn Monroe to Grace Kelly, US presidents Herbert Hoover to Barack Obama, as well as global leaders in town for the United Nations General Assembly every year, the Waldorf Astoria has been the place to be. The hotel is massive, occupying a full city block of prime New York real estate. Famous for its upscale services, the Waldorf says it invented the concept of 24-hour room service. The Art Deco style is carried through details down to the door handles in the lobby bathrooms. However, the grande dame is showing her age. ’Very, very sad’ Guests have complained about dated rooms, peeling paint and issues with cleanliness. The hotel’s owner, Anbang Insurance Group, says it will close the hotel for major renovations starting Wednesday. The work is due to last two to three years. The Chinese company bought the historic gem in 2014 from the Hilton hotel chain for US$1.95 billion….