Legendary setting in the John Jacob Astor–built Beaux-Arts Knickerbocker building dating to 1906, fresh off a multimillion dollar revamp
Sprawling rooftop bar with iconic Times Square views and Charlie Palmer–helmed restaurant
Guestrooms decked out with posh Sterns & Foster beds, Sferra linens, and Ploh pillows
Iconic views of TImes Square, Broadway and 42nd Street from many guestrooms
In-room beauty services by celeb-favorite salon Ted Gibson available on request
What To Know
Superior Rooms all have internal views, for the classic NYC street scenes, book a Deluxe Room (Broadway) or a Premier Room (42nd Street)
Guestrooms are well soundproofed, but rooms on the lower floors will hear some street noise
The hotel is pet-friendly and has kids’ amenities for family travelers
Parking on site
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Times Square landmark turned elegant urban sleep, with food by Charlie Palmer, a sprawling rooftop bar and iconic views
The new Knickerbocker hotel occupies a historic Beaux-Arts building constructed by John Jacob Astor in 1906 right on Times Square. Reborn more than a century later following a multi-million dollar revamp, the new-look Knickerbocker opened in February 2015 with its Golden Age roots on the outside and a stunning, modern look on the inside. The 330 rooms are enormous by New York standards, ranging from the 350-square-foot Superior Room with internal views, up to the nine Corner Junior Suites with space for a King bed, pullout sofa bed, coffee table and writing desk. All have posh Sterns & Foster beds, Sferra linens, Ploh down pillows, 55-inch flat-screen TVs and stocked minibars, plus ensuite bathrooms with marble vanities, walk-in showers and amenities by celeb stylist Ted Gibson. WiFi, bottled water and soft drinks are all free. Beyond the bedrooms, the Knickerbocker is a playground for foodies and night owls, with three drinking and dining options, including Charlie Palmer at the Knick, helmed by the Michelin-star chef. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (until 10 pm), and round the clock for room service, the restaurant serves chef Palmer’s signature modern American cuisine driven by market fresh ingredients. For lighter bites, there’s Jake’s at the Knick, a casual cafe for your morning cup and fresh pastries set in a quirky barrel ceiling space. But the hotel’s real showstopper is the sprawling rooftop bar, St. Cloud. Open from 4 p.m. ‘til late from Monday to Saturday, the 7,500-square-foot space comprises three corner Sky Pods with dead-on views of Times Square, an open-air cigar lounge, indoor/outdoor terrace seating and the Waterford Crystal Lounge. Martini fans must try one here — the Knickerbocker is the rumored birthplace of the legendary cocktail.
In the Area
Join the theatergoers for a Broadway show at one of the venues located next to the Novotel after scoring some same-day discount tickets at the TKTS booth. For a more interactive theater experience, attend Randy Weiner’s Queen of the Night, where the audience is pulled into a sultry scene of dancing, dining and acrobatics. Stroll to the iconic Grand Central Terminal and stop for a classic cocktail at Campbell Apartment or satisfy your seafood craving at chef Sandy Ingber’s Grand Central Oyster Bar. For a quick bite, don’t miss carnivore favorite, Shake Shack, or splurge on a bucket list meal at the Michelin-starred Le Bernardin. Le Bernardin fans should also try its oenophile sister, Aldo Sohm Wine Bar.