The Knickerbocker Hotel: What was Old is New Again
The terrycloth bathrobe that beckons. The only other place to outdo that view is the rooftop bar. And as the only rooftop bar in Times Square, it’s a fantastic place to people-watch. The soaring skyscraper views are well worth the soaring cocktail prices. Fitzgerald and Rockefeller once hobnobbed here, so it’s wise to follow their lead, if only as a creative exercise.
Enjoy recreation amenities such as a 24-hour fitness center or take in the view from a rooftop terrace. This Beaux Arts hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel’s restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café, and room service (during limited hours) is provided. Relax with a refreshing drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges. American celebrity chef Charlie Palmer has his restaurant encased inside the hotel, overlooking Broadway and 42nd street. His eclectic menu ranges from the tenderest fried chicken to sea scallops that almost melt on the tongue. The hotel has a legendary reputation for extravagant food and drink, so while at the Knick, do as the Knickerbockers do.
During New Year’s Eve, staying at the Knickerbocker will put you above Times Square and below the ball drop. It’s an unbelievable way to see one of the world’s most famous countdowns.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, limo/town car service, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Planning an event in New York? This hotel has facilities measuring 2200 square feet (198 square meters), including meeting rooms. A round trip airport shuttle is available for a surcharge.
John Jacob Astor IV first built The Knickerbocker Hotel in Times Square in 1906, averaging a rate of $3.25 a day. Don’t pack your bags just yet: prices have risen considerably. Surprisingly, this is not a gingerbread house; it’s the exterior of The Knickerbocker. Although a financial crisis didn’t keep the Knickerbocker in the hotel business for long, it did become the location for Newsweek Magazine and was designated a New York City landmark by 1988. There are even rumors that this was the birthplace of the martini, which is reason alone to justify a cocktail at any time of day.
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