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
We’ve had two short stays at the Knickerbocker Hotel and found the Hotel staff were really helpful, especially in the Resturant. The Breakfast Menu was excellent and a relaxed ambiance for Dinner. The Rooftop Bar overlooks Times Square and was often very busy with non residents. Rooms are well equipped with a modern contemporary feel, however very surprised not to have a Coffee Machine in the room. If you want to be in the middle of New York’s hustle and bustle the Knickerbocker ticks the box, if you want piece and quiet, seek out a more relaxing location away from Times Square. Fantastic broadband speeds though!
We loved our stay at the Knickerbocker Hotel this past week. The staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating, there was plenty to do in the area (Time Square and Bryant Park, where there's a great Whole Foods around the corner), and the room was lovely. The in-room lighting features stood out, as well as the large bathrooms. The only drawbacks were that we received a wheelchair accessible room where the shower had no glass, only a curtain, and the room lacked natural light from a window. (possibly b/c we booked last minute via Hotel Tonight) Other than that, it was great! Our 10 month old baby tagged a long and had a blast. They provided a crib and kettle as well. Everyone was super friendly! I'd definitely stay again.
The famous Knickerbocker of the last century was renewed in a very pertinent way, to make an Hotel with modern commodities, but where you can breath the tradition. The rooms are large and comfortables, with separate shower and toilet. The restaurants can be recommended for cocktails (The Cloud) and dinner. The only negative point concerns the express breakfast that was included in our package: one has to chose between coffee and juice (I took a juice and paid separately a Cappuccino). Thinking to the price of the room this is not acceptable.