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A Night at the Knickerbocker NYC

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A Night at the Knickerbocker NYC

When you sink into a couch on the rooftop of Manhattan’s The Knickerbocker Hotel, you could be forgiven for forgetting you’re in Times Square, sitting at the crossroads of the world. Up on the rooftop, everything unwanted is left below – the common chaos, the crowds and the noise; here, there is a sense of being in another world – floating above it all – offering a perfectly plausible explanation for how it earned its name: St. Cloud.

It’s impossible to talk about The Knickerbocker – the Knick, for short – in the present without talking about its past. Built as a luxury hotel in 1906 by wealthy industrialist John Jacob Astor IV, it was the playground of the rich and famous. Nicknamed the 42nd Street Country Club, it was a cornerstone of the “cocktail trail” and arguably the most popular hotel in New York. It boasted a stellar list of patrons, including writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, tenor Enrico Caruso and scion John D. Rockefeller.

But the great hotel lasted just 14 years, having been dealt two striking blows: Astor died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 and prohibition was signed into law in 1920, sending the high life underground. Developers refurbished the property into office space and so it sat for more than 90 years, until 2014’s transformative return to a remarkable luxury hotel.

The Knickerbocker’s preserved and landmarked Beaux-Arts exterior belies a thoroughly modern heart, one that promises a sanctuary in the center of the city. It seamlessly blends a need for the private with a desire for the social.

The Rooms

The Knick offers a generous variety of room and suite configurations, with views that take advantage of its unique siting. Tribute Suites, located on the hotel’s top floors, honor the artists and moguls who once frequented the hotel. They combine classic New York glamour with the very best in design, technology, and amenities, each featuring a plush King-size bed and a spacious living area.

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The gorgeous Parrish Suite

The Food & Drink

Acclaimed Master Chef, Charlie Palmer, is the powerhouse behind the Knick’s food and beverage program. Palmer has collaborated with the hotel to ensure a sophisticated level of taste across all menus, which feature his progressive American cooking style.

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Legend has it that martinis were invented at The Knickerbocker

The hotel features a number of exceptional dining venues: Charlie Palmer at The Knick serves breakfast, a table d’hote power lunch, weekend brunch and dinner at its 4th floor restaurant; shareable small plates are offered in its restaurant lounge; mornings begin with a gourmet grab-and-go breakfast from Jake’s @ The Knick, located on the main floor under a magnificent barrel-baulted ceiling; and cocktails and a seasonal menu are available at St. Cloud from 4:00pm to midnight.

Adjacent to the hotel, at Palmer’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Aureole, hotel guests enjoy priority access and preferential treatment.

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Master Chef, Charlie Palmer, and his team

The Social

The lounge at Charlie Palmer at The Knick offers live jazz (blues, latin, gypsy and modern), weekday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Monday through Friday from 6pm-9pm.

St. Cloud presents local NYC instrumentalists and DJs on Tuesdays from 8pm-10pm and Thursdays from 5pm-10pm. Other events include Full Moon parties, a celebration of Chinese New Year (January 28th) and, of course, the best New Years Eve party in the city, with a direct view to the dropping of the ball.

Club Macanudo, an Upper East Side icon, has partnered with the Knick to create an in-house cigar lounge located within St. Cloud. An educational as well as a social experience, it provides tasting notes and detailed descriptions of the cigar menu and makes recommendations on seasonal food and drink pairings.

And social at St. Cloud doesn’t have to mean just organized events. As the most popular place in the hotel, there are always opportunities for casual conversations and chance meetings, not always easy in a city like New York.

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Live jazz at Charlie Palmer at the Knick
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Front and center, New Years Eve at St. Cloud
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A Night at St. Cloud

The Amenities

Yoga: Payal Parekh, one of New York’s most celebrated yoga and meditation authorities, offers guests a variety of options including one-on-one yoga sessions and team building mindfulness activities.

Fitness: Former NBS superstar Larry Johnson brings his star power to the Knick overseeing the hotel’s weekly fitness program including equipment selection, interdisciplinary workouts and even the gym’s curated music playlists.

Styling/Salon: Guests of the Knick can book exclusive on-site appointments with celebrity stylist Ted Gibson, including hair care, styling and make-up application.  His makeup products are also available for purchase at an in-room beauty bar.

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Skating at Bryant Park
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Inside the magnificent Grand Central Station

The Location

Get outside and walk. Every New York neighborhood – each block of every neighborhood – is a world unto itself. Nearby Bryant Park offers winter skating and a seasonal market, summer movies and the Hester Street food market, the iconic main branch of the NY public library is a stone’s throw from the hotel and Grand Central Terminal offers grand architecture, public art, secret corners, food, shopping and entertainment, and, best of all, four lines to take you anywhere you want to go in New York.

Standing at the entrance to The Knickerbocker, on the southeast corner of 42nd Street overlooking Times Square, the city is, literally, at your feet.

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