The Knickerbocker Hotel
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
I took my wife to NY and I chose The Knickerbocker because it was in Manhattan and it was 5 Stars. Never been before to either NY or Knickerbocker. It was an excellent hotel. It was beautiful modern and cozy. And incredibly reasonable in price. Basically in Times Square. Close to everything. They have a great breakfast and a rooftop bar. Very very cool. The staff was amazing and the concierge was able to score us tickets to Hamilton. Absolutely wonderful play that you just have to see. I've never been to a broadway show and fought my wife all the way. But I have to say, it was just plain awesome. Glad I went. Anyways, I would recommend this hotel and would stay again if given the chance.
Great location and comfortable stay. Sitting right inside Times Square with great food options. Convenient to anywhere. Also want to give my special thanks to great staff Ula, Mark and Faozi! Ula can speak great Cantonese!
We generally found the Knickerbocker a real disappointment. Both our room and hall had carpeting that was really worn out and it just didn't feel clean. There was not a coffee maker in the room and it was a real effort to get one as no one at the front desk was available to answer the phone. I actually had to go down to the Concierge to get help. We also were awoken by very noisy room service clerks both mornings. I would expect a bit more sensitivity to noise at 7am. When we shared our disappointment the front desk clerk suggested that we post the details on Trip Advisor because she said that the internal complaint system didn't work very well. It really felt like a 3 Star vs a 5 Star hotel and we will not go back.