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
- 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
My family took a trip down to NYC for my wife's birthday weekend and cannot say enough amazing things about the Knick. We went in a bit blind and were repeatedly surprised by every experience at the hotel. We stayed in a Junior (2 queen) suite - my wife and three kids. The staff treated our family exceptionally well including such amazing touches as a birthday cake in the room for my wife as well as treats for our three kids - all laid out on separate plates! And we were very happy with the room and the amount of space to spread out (which was unexpected). The staff was amazing and the restaurant (Charlie Palmer) and upstairs roof bar were really exceptional. We even loved the little breakfast stop in the hotel for a quick coffee etc. The location was perfect as well. Highly, highly recommend and we will be back!
Fantastic hotel and even better location. This is my go to NYC hotel. Staff goes above and beyond. Times Square seconds Away. Theatres around the the corner. Food galore. Couldn’t ask for a better spot
The Knickerboker is situated Rick where the action is, yet just far enough away to be quiet and comfortable. With a stunning roof top bar, a subway station right outside the front door and the delightful Bryant Park around the corner; the ‘Boker is perfectly placed.
The staff are top notch and ever so helpful. The design is on point, is quiet and oh so comfortable. The beds are perfect and rooms are clean and full of all the facilities you could want to make your rest peaceful and comfortable so you’re ready to tackle the big apple the next day.
We just returned home from a weekend stay (March 15-17) at the Knickerbocker. We could not have been more pleased with our experience. We are three adults who traveled with our 14-year-old dog. Many hotels claim to be pet friendly but most do not allow pets to be left unattended in your room. We were able to enjoy two Broadway shows and breakfast at the hotel while our dog stayed in our room. What really sets this hotel apart is the level of service. Every single person we encountered was friendly and welcoming. They knew us by name and also inquired about our dog by name and made sure she was doing well. We got upgraded to a premier room with a view of Times Square from the superior room we booked. The room was spacious with comfortable beds and quite possibly the best hotel shower we have ever used (rain shower head with water pressure that rivaled our home shower, something that is usually lacking at hotels). We did not use housekeeping while we were there but did receive a call asking us if we needed anything and an offer to schedule a time for housekeeping since we were staying with our dog. This was not necessary for our needs since the hotel provides plenty of large towels but nice to have the option. We did run into one of the housekeepers in the hall who offered us the complimentary water that came with our room and asked if we needed anything. Paola at the front desk was especially helpful in explaining the pet fee ($300 per visit - worth every penny in our opinion) as well as ensuring that we could enjoy our shows while our dog stayed in our room. We did not get everyone’s names but we wish we could thank everyone individually. We truly felt welcome and would highly recommend this hotel to anyone, especially if you are traveling with your dog.
Stayed here 4 nights (Fri-Tues) New Years weekend 2018. This was by far one of the worst hotel experience I've ever encountered. Staff was unfriendly and customer service was non-existent. We waited for more than 2 hours for ice that never showed up. Waited more than 15 minutes for a elevator on New Year’s Eve. Only one elevator designated for hotel guests and the Charlie Palmer restaurant. Really?? $1400 for New Years night and they couldn’t designate a elevator for guest only. Shameful. Save your money, go somewhere else!!!