The Knickerbocker, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, reopened its doors in February 2015 as the only Five-Star hotel in Times Square, after completing an expansive $250 million renovation by acclaimed interior designers Gabellini Sheppard. The Beaux Arts monument to New York’s coming of age is situated at the southeast corner of 42nd Street between Broadway and Bryant Park. The hotel originally opened in 1906 by John Jacob Astor IV and welcomed both glitterati and dignitaries including such notables as Enrico Caruso, John D Rockefeller and F. Scott Fitzgerald. A New York City landmark, The Knickerbocker boasts 330 guest rooms including 31 suites; a signature restaurant and bar, Charlie Palmer at The Knick; St. Cloud–a 7,800-square-foot rooftop bar with a cigar lounge; a 2,200-square-foot event space for up to 160 guests; a ground level café, Jake’s; and a state-of-the art fitness center.
Established in 2015.
John Jacob Astor IV He was the original visionary; the man with a dream to build one of New York City’s greatest hotels…and John Jacob Astor IV spared no expense in creating The Knickerbocker, the swankiest of hotels that served as Times Square’s premier playground for the rich and famous. Indeed, Astor was the consummate host, selling room nights for just $2.50, but indulging the sybaritic passions of celebrities and dignitaries with lavish $500 per plate meals eaten off the only set of solid-gold dishes in the country. Here at the turn of the 19th century was a place where Wild West gunslingers attended late-night parties thrown by Broadway actors, or where a pioneer aviator might schmooze with a Tammany Hall politician. And it is here in the early years of the 20th century that we are reimagining and retelling the story of The Knickerbocker, channeling John Jacob Astor IV’s vision of creating the very best hotel in the world.