Beyond a Beaux-Arts façade in the heart of Times Square, the Knickerbocker is a serene counterpoint to the mass of people, lights, and excitement that converge at the crossroads of Broadway and 42nd Street. Rooms are surprisingly quiet and the rooftop bar with skyscraper views is reason enough to book a stay.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel has made every effort to keep the noise of Times Square at bay, but beyond the threshold, the streets are crowded and noisy which may not suit all guests.
In this landmark building, rooms are sleek, contemporary, and set up for a good night’s sleep. Precautions to keep the chaos of Times Square from disturbing guests include blackout drapes and soundproof windows.
The location can’t be beat for New Year's Eve (and the Times Square ball drop); reserve a room early for this popular event. But remember: there will be noise!
Large marble bathrooms have walk-in rain showers, a back-lit mirror, and Ted Gibson bath products.
Neutral-colored marble, soft lighting, and sleek lines all give the lobby the feel of a peaceful retreat. The space is a welcome change from the bustle of Times Square.
Charlie Palmer at the Knick, on the fourth floor, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner; giant billboards peek playfully in through the restaurant windows and liven up the interior. Jake’s Café on the ground floor serves light bites and Stumptown coffee.
The rooftop bar, St. Cloud, has indoor and outdoor space with exceptional views of the surrounding skyscrapers.
While at the hotel, you may want to order a martini. Legend has it that the drink was invented here in 1911 for John D. Rockefeller by bartender Martini di Arma di Taggia.
Smack in the heart of Times Square, this hotel is in a great position for exploring the landmarks of Midtown on foot. The theater district is right on the doorstep. The location is also ideal for transport, with several subway lines nearby including the 1, 2, and 3 trains at Times Square/42nd Street, the B, D, F, M, and 7 trains at Bryant Park/42nd Street, and the N, Q, R, and W trains at Times Square/42nd Street. Taxis and Uber are available in the neighborhood, but traffic congestion is a common problem (it being Times Square and all).
Bryant Park, one of Manhattan’s prettiest picnic destinations, is a short walk from the hotel—pick up picnic supplies at Maison Kayser (7-minute walk). For modern updates on comfort food from burgers on brioche buns to mac and cheese, check out Parker and Quinn (6-minute walk). Dating back to 1885, Keens Steakhouse (9-minute walk) is one of Manhattan’s most historic—and consistently delicious—places to settle in for a steak.
Beneath a vaulted ceiling, Cellar Bar (6-minute walk) is a buzzy place to grab a drink, especially in the popular after-work hours. In a neighborhood full of loud sports bars, the intimate cocktail bar Lantern’s Keep (6-minute walk) is a peaceful alternative.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The rooftop bar offers a new perspective on Times Square, with both indoor and outdoor dining and drinking. We love the peaceful ground-floor café with quality coffee and pastries. With a connection to the invention of the martini, this hotel is a great place to have a drink and enjoy the city atmosphere.