New York City is as much a travel destination as it is a place to conduct business. With its reputation for being the home of hard-hitting hustlers and fat cats in business suits, it attracts people from all walks of life. Sitting at the crossroads of the world, The Knickerbocker makes a grandiose statement as Times Square’s very first luxury hotel. Highly accessible yet elegantly furnished, it seeks to be an oasis of peace among the streets that never sleep.

A rich history

Built in 1906 by John Jacob Astor IV (who sadly perished on the Titanic in 1912) as a symbol of prosperity, the original Knickerbocker Hotel has seen many famous guests including legendary Italian opera tenor Enrico Caruso. While the building did not remain as a hotel for several decades, it did enter the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 due to its impressive Beaux-Arts architectural style. After being purchased by a prominent real estate investment trust, it was finally redeveloped and reopened in 2015 under its original name.

At the crossroads of the world

There is no better location to fully experience Times Square. Standing squarely on top of the Times Square Subway station, the property overlooks the flashy high-def panels and flickering lights of the famous intersection. But don’t worry, curtains fully black out the busy air to allow for a restful night’s sleep! From well-appointed guest rooms to spaciously designed suites, no expenses are spared to ensure an amazing stay regardless of the room choice.

A place to indulge and celebrate

No other property can boast the fact that it is the closest live view of the famous Times Square Ball Drop in the world. Indeed, the hotel is home to St. Cloud, an ultra-posh, ultra-luxury rooftop bar where the world’s most exclusive New Year’s Eve celebration takes place, just 150 feet away from the landmark.

St. Cloud rooftop bar. Credit: The Knickerbocker website

For fine-dining fare, celebrity Chef Charlie Palmer brings his brand of progressive American cuisine to the hotel at his namesake restaurant located on the fourth floor. From breakfast to dinner, and not to mention a delightful weekend brunch menu, the establishment is a destination in itself.

NYC like no other

Whether it’s for a longer stay or just a weekend city getaway, The Knickerbocker encompasses the spirit of New York City in an upscale environment without pretension. One thing’s for sure, it keeps its most loyal guests coming back.

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