Love Happens at The Knickerbocker Hotel, Times Square

If you are looking for the perfect anecdote to the electric energy of Times Square then The Knickerbocker Hotel is it! As you step from the vibrant bustle of one of New York City’s main tourist centers into the iconic landmark hotel’s contemporary haven of serenity you feel yourself instantly enter a state of calm and relaxation. Boasting fantastic views, a delicious culinary experience, and state-of-the-art amenities, The Knickerbocker is definitely a top New York City hotel.

A Legendary Landmark in the Heart of NYC

The first luxury hotel atop Times Square, The Knickerbocker is literally in the heart of New York City. The property is conveniently located near some of the world’s most revered cultural landmarks. And while the bright lights of Broadway edge one side of the hotel, the other is bordered by the calm of Bryant Park making for an ideal setting.

Exterior of The Knickerbocker Hotel

The hotel’s home is inside John Jacob Astor IV’s beautiful 1906 Beaux-Arts landmark building. A structure which once housed The 42nd Street Country Club, a place frequented by names like Rockefeller, Fitzgerald, and Maxfield Parrish among other iconic figures and rumored to be the place where the first martini was ordered.

The Vibe at The Knickerbocker Hotel

knickerbocker hotel lobby

A sleek modern neutral space meets you as you walk into The Knickerbocker. Unlike most hotels where you are faced with check-in upon entering the lobby, at The Knickerbocker, you are instead met by the concierge desk, giving the air of arriving at a residential building. And again offering a more residential feeling approach, rather than standing at check-in the front desk staff sits and so can you.

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The Rooms

After a long day in NYC’s high-octane The Knickerbocker’s 330 guest rooms offer the perfect respite. Bespoke furnishings, lavish marble bathrooms, stunning city views and cutting-edge technology complete each of the hotel’s 27 Junior Suites, 3 Tribute Suites—Cohen, Martini and Parrish—and the expansive Caruso Suite.

Caruso Suite at the knickerbocker hotel times square
Caruso Suite

During Lh’s visit, we stayed in a Martini Suite. The modern room’s neutral tones were warm, welcoming and fabulously relaxing!

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Martini Suite

The Victuals

Jake’s Coffee Roasters

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Jacke’s @ The Knick

A stylish coffee shop and café set under a vaulted barrel ceiling in an interior fashioned in textural overtones and Breccia Capria marble, Jake’s @ The Knick is a perfect grab-n-go. Custom coffees and espressos by La Colombe Coffee Roasters are complemented with fresh croissants, pastries, fruits, granolas, and a menu of gourmet flatbreads. The venue’s namesake honors John Jacob “Jakey” Astor VI, son of hotel founder John Jacob Astor IV, born just four months after his father died on the Titanic.

Charlie Palmer at The Knick

Lh arrived late to The Knickerbocker after a long day of travel so escaping to the hotel’s elegant and serene fourth-floor restaurant, Charlie Palmer, was a delight. Glass, marble, and lighting playoff sheer chain-metal drapes in the understated yet ‘see-and-be-seen’ space. Named after the restaurant’s Chef Palmer, the space features an open action kitchen. The menu draws upon the local bounty of the Hudson Valley and North Atlantic. The shrimp risotto was delicious!

If you are a live jazz fan visit the luxurious lounge at Charlie Palmer at The Knick. Tuesdays through Thursdays from 6pm-9pm you will find some of the most creative and exuberant musicians in NYC today!

St. Cloud Rooftop Bar

Rooftop of the St. Cloud Rooftop bar at the Knickerbocker hotel

While Lh did not get a chance to enjoy one of St. Cloud’s fabulous looking craft cocktails, we did take a look inside the beautiful (and packed!) rooftop bar during peak hours. And oh the views!

St. Cloud Rooftop Bar Doorway to rooftop at the Knickerbocker hotel

Visit on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 5:30pm-11:45pm for curated music selections by great DJs. And if you are looking for a prime place for a private party check out the exclusive Waterford Crystal Lounge.

Club Macanudo Cigar Lounge

Club Macanudo cigar lounge the knickerbocker hotel st. cloud

If cigars are your thing then the exclusive rooftop cigar lounge, located within St. Cloud is a must. Curated by the experts of Club Macanudo the cigar menu is ripe with connoisseur selections. A great addition to the list of relaxing spaces at The Knickerbocker.

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