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
Not worth the money. It says 5 star. Blah. Seriously. Choose a different hotel. I choose this hotel thinking we would feel the difference. Nope. We visited a couple other hotels during our visit. We should have chosen Marriott Marquis. It was less expensive but the property is much more spacious.
We stayed there for 7 nights last summer.
Very fency and modern.
Great location near Bryant park, subway and close to the Times Square and broadway shows.
.. Ate a few times breakfast at the hotel
It was buffet, quite expensive and not so
What a fantastic place to stay from beginning to end it was truly amazing the staff from the doorman to the management are truly amazing such kindness .the rooms are fantastic and as for the food wow you couldn’t ask for better .now for the best part the amazing roof top bar what a place and also staffed by amazing friendly people .if only every hotel was like the knickerbocker.but then again that is what makes it special .really guys you have hit the nail on the head can’t wait to come back .see you all soon