Times Square Glamour
Step away from the tide of humanity and into the refined elegance of The Knickerbocker Hotel
Review by Justine Gosling
Times Square in New York City may not be trendy, but it really couldn’t care less. Comparable to London’s Leicester Square on steroids and about 10 times the size, it is loud and proud. Times Square refuses to go unnoticed, sirens blare, busy people jostle for space and the perfect selfie spot, the billboards are so large running the length of the skyscrapers with their flashing ads, it simply won’t be ignored. Like moths, people are drawn to the square and are dazzled by the lights and intoxicated by the buzz. Walking through it is a completely immersive experience in sights, sounds and motion that you simply cannot miss.
Step off the street and through the doors of the Knickerbocker hotel, the first luxury hotel atop Times Square and calm descends. The Knickerbocker is a haven of refined elegance, created by John Jacob Astor in 1906 and now reimagined into a sophisticated urban sanctuary.
The Knickerbocker has a rich history as one of the most luxurious hotels in NYC. The likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald hobnobbed with opera stars, journalists and politicians, and it was here that John D. Rockefeller ordered the first-ever Martini. Today, that legendary history lives on in the Knickerbocker’s style, which embraces the past while looking towards future. Whilst historic details like the hotel’s Beaux-Arts facade remain unchanged, a soothing new luxury aesthetic is offered within.
The stunning transformation of this treasured Manhattan monument invites discerning travellers to discover 330 luxe guest rooms and suites over 16 floors boasting incredible views and bespoke furnishings. All accommodations boast a sleek and contemporary style, with customised floor plans, soaring 12-foot ceilings, eight foot doors and six foot windows creating an indulgent sense of space. Bespoke furnishings, oak wood finishes, richly textured fabrics and intelligent lighting add to the sublime ambiance.
The hotel restaurant, The Charlie Palmer, is guided by a passion for market-driven ingredients and vibrant, unexpected flavours in its American cuisine. The best feature of the hotel is the St. Cloud rooftop bar. From here you can enjoy an attentive waiter service offering handcrafted cocktails and small plates whilst appreciating the elevated views of the Times Square rooftops in a chic, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.
Situated in the heart of Times Square, New York’s most iconic attraction, the Knickerbocker places guests within reach of everything New York City has to offer. Broadway Shows, the Rockefeller Centre and shops are just a short walk away. The hotel is superbly connected to the transport system as twelve subway lines connect Times Square to destinations further afield. The nearby Bryant Park is within five minutes walking distance and is a perfect escape from the lights and crowds of Times Square. In winter, an ice skating rink replaces the grass.
The concierge we had were always very helpful, hailing cabs, suggesting activities and even drawing maps as I prefer to walk around new places to enhance my sightseeing. My only complaint is the wifi. At times it was too weak to download documents and regularly lost signal.
My stay here was effortless, its central location made it so easy to explore the vibrant city and was a retreat to come home to. The chilled roof top bar and spectacular views really added and element of city glamour and the service was impeccable.
Enquiries: The Knickerbocker Hotel, 6 Times Square, New York NY 10036 / 00 +1 212 204 4980 / https://theknickerbocker.com/