The Knickerbocker Hotel is steeped in history. Built back in the 1900’s, the Knickerbocker Hotel hosted many meetings and gatherings of celebrities like Rockefeller and Fitzgerald and their friends. With comfortable rooms, modern amenities, and fantastic dining options, it’s a great place to stay when visiting New York City with your significant other or girlfriends.
Take a Step Back in Time at The Knickerbocker Hotel
The moment I walked in the door at The Knickerbocker Hotel , I knew it was something special, not just because it made me feel like I’d stepped onto the set of Newsies. Although I was solo for this night earlier this summer, I wish I’d had my husband with me to enjoy the timeless luxuries the Knickerbocker provides to all their guests.
The Knickerbocker is a piece of history right on the corner of Times Square. While the rest of the buildings are corporate, flat, and undistinguishable, The Knickerbocker stands out like an architectural beacon taking us back in time to 1906 when the hotel was built.
And while other NYC hotels are filled with bright spaces, bright colors, and modern designs, The Knickerbocker maintains a sense of elegance, sophistication, and comfort with its warm colors, purposely dimly lit rooms, and cozy furnishings. Perhaps a little too fancy (and pricey) to bring my 3-year-old. But a stay here is definitely the perfect place for a girls weekend or a romantic weekend away with your significant other.
The Knickerbocker Hotel Guest Rooms
At first glance, the only part of the actual guest room that impressed me was the massive bathroom area. My first glance was so wrong. As I wandered around the room taking in the details, I realized that The Knickerbocker is truly as modern as it is historical. And they thought of everything a modern guest could ever need — a full bathroom kit, doorbell, master light so you never have to get out of bed, tablet with weather, and an alarm clock. Even a full-size pull-down ironing table and iron (like I want to iron on my vacation, right?). It’s timeless luxury brought into a modern-age.
The Knickerbocker Hotel Dining & Amenities
The charm of The Knickerbocker doesn’t end with its guest rooms; the rooms might actually be the least exciting part of the hotel. On the roof of the hotel is St Cloud, one of the hot spots in Times Square, a rooftop bar where you can enjoy a drink while looking down at Times Square below. And just a few floors lower is the renowned Charlie Palmer at the Knick restaurant, a fantastic location for a romantic meal, or to enjoy apps before a nearby Broadway show.
I tried a bit of everything at Charlie Palmer’s and can tell you from my experience that you’ll likely be just fine ordering anything from the menu. The crispy artichokes with a lemon aioli were addictive; the gnocchi perfectly crisp and tender; and the bananas foster dessert decadent without being too rich. Even the basket of bread provided at the beginning of the meal had me wanting more.
If you’d rather grab something quick, The Knickerbocker also has a built-in coffee shop, Jake’s where you can grab a quick coffee and muffin in the morning or some macarons before returning back to your room. Breakfast, lunch or dinner — the Knickerbocker has something for you.
The Knickerbocker Hotel for Families
What Works for Families:
- Comfortable rooms, large bathrooms, separate shower and toilet areas
- Quick breakfast option available with the cafe
- Great Times Square location
- Many rooms have suite options that come with couches where kids can sleep
What Doesn’t Work for Families:
There’s not really anything that doesn’t work for families other than the price; this hotel just seems more sophisticated and not somewhere I would bring my toddler. I don’t actually remember seeing a single child, or even teenager, anywhere in the hotel or its restaurants, which tells you a lot. Staying at The Knickerbocker is an experience. An experience best enjoyed with other adults who can appreciate the luxury. If you’re traveling with a family, check out these free things to do in NYC instead.