The hotel: The Knickerbocker Hotel, NYC – part of the Leading Hotels of the World
The Location: The hotel is situated in the peak of Times Square – possibly the most luxe hotel in that area. That being said, it’s also very central being a few minutes by foot from Bryant Park, and quite spoilt for choice if you’re using the subway.
The design: Luxe with a twist. Even though the design is incredibly modern, the hotel is quite a historic landmark built in 1906 by John Jacob Astor IV (who died on the Titanic), before closing in 1921. Since reopening, the hotel’s exteriors look the same but the inside has been renovated. I would describe the hotel as swanky and classy. Everything from the floor, walls, and neutral grey shades were muted and sleek
The room: Quite high tech and minimal. Being based in the middle of Times Square, you don’t realize it inside because of the sound proofed windows and curtains that can black out the room.
The toiletteries: It’s all about the little details. Celebrity stylist (to Angelia Jolie & Lupita), Ted Gibson is the style curator for the Knickerbocker hotel – and has designed the staff’s uniforms to having his brand available as toiletries in the bathrooms.
The restaurants: Home to the Charlie Palmer restaurant (an American celebrity chef) – where they also serve their breakfast, Jake’s @ The Knick (a casual eatery) and they also have an incredible rooftop bar with the coolest view of Times Square – St Cloud.
The coffee: Extra brownie points for speciality coffee at a hotel! The Knickerbocker serve coffee by Brooklyn Roasters.
The spa: None
The pool: None
The gym: Yes
The service: The service could have been a little faster (my tip is to call in advance if you have luggages as it’s a busy street and you’ll have to get in quickly), but that being side, the staff were very warm and sweet.
The Knickerbocker is part of the Leading Hotels of the World Group.
The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. is a prestigious luxury hospitality organization representing the world’s finest hotels, resorts and spas, boasting over 375 member properties with more than 60,000 rooms in 75 countries. LHW is a collection of authentic and uncommon luxury hotels which are rooted in the locations where they are found. Offering varied styles of architecture and design, and immersive cultural experiences delivered by passionate people, the LHW collection is perfect for the ‘Curious’ traveler looking for their next discovery.