New York's Knickerbocker hotel reopens

New York's legendary Knickerbocker Hotel reopened its doors yesterday (12 February) almost a century after its original launch.

New York's legendary Knickerbocker Hotel reopened its doors yesterday (12 February)
New York's legendary Knickerbocker Hotel reopened its doors yesterday (12 February)

Situated on the southeast corner of 42nd Street overlooking Times Square, the 330-room hotel houses a 204sqm event space holding up to 250 guests.

A member of the Leading Hotels of the World it will be operated by Highgate Hotels, the single largest operator of hotels in New York City.

Guests will have the option to dine at Charlie Palmer at The Knick – the hotel’s full service restaurant and bar; coffeehouse and artisanal cafe JAKES @ The Knick; and rooftop bar St. Cloud complete with a signature cigar lounge from celebrated tobacconist Nat Sherman.

Other facilities include in-room salon services from celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson and a fitness suite fronted by NBA All-Star and former New York Knicks power forward, Larry Johnson.

The historic hotel, which has been registered as a New York City landmark since 1988, was originally opened in 1906 by John Jacob Astor IV and welcomed both glitterati and dignitaries. However, it was closed and converted into offices in 1921. It is rumoured to be the birthplace of the original martini.

"We are thrilled about the opening of our flagship property," said Richard A. Smith, president and chief executive officer of FelCor, the hotel's owner. "The Knickerbocker underscores our commitment to investing in great hotels located in great markets, at attractive prices that will enhance value for our stockholders. Our partnership with Highgate enabled us to use our joint expertise to redevelop this phenomenal property at a significant discount to replacement cost."

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American Airlines to launch direct flights from Birmingham to New York

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Beijing mega-resort reaches completion

Mariott opens conference hotel in Lyon

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