In 1906, The Knickerbocker New York was opened for the very first time by the popular businessman John Jacob Astor IV. Following the example of the legendary, the designs freshened up the exterior to make the hotel look even more classic. After serving as an office building for many years, The Knickerbocker celebrates its comeback as a luxury hotel. The location right at the Times Square makes the place a unique place for every occasion.
Unquestionably, The Knickerbocker is a house with tradition. Located in the heart of New York with amazing views on the busiest square in the world, the luxury hotel may not have any better location. The rooms and public areas are designed in a puritanic and slim design, but were rebuilt with a lot of Carrera marble and gold leaf nevertheless.
The exterior in contrast looks sumptuous and reminds passers as well as guests of the great in the beginning of the 20th century when the Beaux-Arts palace was built for the very first time. Besides the design, there is one place that may not be forgotten to talk about: The rooftop bar, offering the best views over the Times Square in whole New York – an incredible place to sip a drink after a long working day.
The Knickerbocker is a hotel with a great history, but in the inside it does not remind guests of the early 20th century, but of the modernism of the 21st century. All rooms are designed extremely sleek without any stucco, plush or old materials.
On the contrary, the rooms in The Knickerbocker are filled with designer furniture and modern amenities. The bathrooms may even be the most modern and best designed in Manhattan. Each and every room got a bathroom with a bathtub and a detached shower.
With 35 square meters, the lowest room category, called “Superior Room”, is already really spacious compared to other luxury hotels in New York. What makes The Knickerbocker really unique is the fact that there are no opulent suites.
The biggest room category, a “Corner Junior Suite”, boosts 60 square meters and got a stunning view on the Times Square and the 42nd street, but is not designed as a place to held business meetings.
In hotel previews, we are always looking for a very special spot in the hotel. At The Knickerbocker, this definitely is the rooftop bar that may be a way better place for a business meeting than one of the rooms or junior suites.
“St. Cloud” is not only a place where guests can enjoy amazing drinks either in the indoor or in the outdoor area, but also may catch a spotless view on the lively times square while making oneself comfortable in one of the most amazing rooftop bars of New York. Guests searching for high-level cuisine may prefer having dinner at the “Charlie Palmer at The Knick”, where the Master Chef Charlie Palmer focuses on local cuisine with a modern touch.
Last but not least, The Knickerbocker integrated a concept that especially many four star hotels focused on in the last years: A coffee shop located right in the hotel. Guests may either enjoy a good coffee in a really unique atmosphere or just grab something to take away – in a really classy fashion.
Usually, we are focusing on the spa and recreation areas of a hotel in this part of a hotel preview, but at The Knickerbocker, there are more important things than a spa area. While the hotel offers a state-of-the-art fitness center and a spa with several treatments available, there is neither a pool nor a steam bath or a sauna. But honestly, who would expect something like that at a midtown luxury hotel with such a history?
More importantly, the concierge of The Knickerbocker is the guy who tries to make wishes of the guests come true. Be it a reservation in an amazing restaurant, tickets for a Broadway show or anything else – the concierge of The Knick is there to help every guest with every request.
The Knickerbocker is going to open on the 12th of February, but it may be a good idea to make a reservation in advance. Looking at the press, everyone is focusing on the re-opening of the old palace in new fashion. The budget for staying at The Knick definitely needs to be high as the rates for the lowest room category start at 425 US-Dollar (~ 375 Euro) excluding tax and services. Breakfast is for an extra charge, internet is included in the room rate.
The highest room category is available starting from 775 US-Dollar (~ 700 Euro) making it one of the cheaper suites in luxury hotels in New York. Even though The Knickerbocker definitely is a pricey hotel, it’s not as expensive as many other luxury hotels in the city. We at traveluxblog will have the pleasure to stay at The Knickerbocker in March when we are visiting New York. We’ll release a review shortly after, but I’m sure we’ll love the place. It looks just too amazing!