The Knickerbocker Hotel set for February opening

New York's legendary Knickerbocker Hotel will reopen its doors in February 2014, nearly a century after its original launch.

The Knickerbocker Hotel, New York City
The Knickerbocker Hotel, New York City
On the southeast corner of 42nd Street overlooking Times Square, the 330-room historic hotel, the rumoured birthplace of the original martini, will house a 204sqm event space for up to 250 guests from February 12.

Other facilities will include: St Cloud, a 697sqm rooftop bar and terrace with views of the city’s skyline; a fitness centre; the restaurant and bar Charlie Palmer at The Knick; JAKES @ The Knick coffee-house and artisanal cafe; and in-room salon services from celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson.

The 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.

Jeff David, managing director of The Knickerbocker, said: "We’re embracing the hotel’s original DNA, while simultaneously offering guests intuitive service and relevant luxury. The Knickerbocker’s history is something that most luxury hotels cannot offer - no matter how strong the brand or address. By drawing inspiration from our past to create a lifestyle experience that is beyond typical luxury hotel amenities, The Knickerbocker will undoubtedly appeal to both local New Yorkers and international travellers."

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, The Knickerbocker’s design has been overseen by architectural and interior design firm Gabellini Sheppard.

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