Knickerbocker Hotel To Open The Doors For Guests A Century After Its Construction
Knickerbocker hotel in New York City was built by John Jacob Astor IV more than a century ago. After its debut in October 23rd, 1906, the hotel is reopening to the guests on Thursday.
This hotel was constructed in the Beaux-Arts style design and one of the interesting anecdotes about the hotel is that the drink martini was originated here.
During the opening of this hotel in 1906 it boasted of having prices affordable for all. According to New York Times, during the opening, it was a Fifth Avenue Hotel at prices similar to Broadway.
Times also said that the fifteen-story hotel located on the southeast corner of Forty-Second Street and Broadway was swarmed by visitors during the hours between 1 o’clock and 6 o’clock. The lobby of the hotel facing the forty-second street was the most admired area by the visitors to the hotel. The representation of father Kickerbocker gained the full attention of the visitors as well.
The average room rate of the hotel in 1906 was $3.25 per day and now the website of Knickerbocker shows the starting rate of a room as $446.
Vincent, Son of John Jacob, took over the hotel after the death of John on the fateful Titanic in 1912. The hotel was closed eventually in 1921. According to speculators, prohibition and lack of ability to afford the elaborate maintenance lead to the closure of the hotel.
Later, the ownership of the building changed hands several times and it was used as offices and the Newsweek magazine operated from the building from 1940 to 1959.
In 1980, the building was enrolled in the national register as an historical place and was given the status of a landmark in New York City in 1988. As the building was given the landmark status, it was unable to change the exterior during restoration work and details like the lion heads in copper around the roof had to be preserved completely. The Managing Director of Knickerbocker, Jeff David, informed that the interior of the building has been redone completely.
According to David, the Knickerbocker has a history that is totally different from other luxury hotels and they have tried to retain the original DNA of the hotel, but had made changes in the luxury and guest service is according to the present needs.
The building is at present owned by the FelCor Lodging Trust in Texas and they have spent $240 million for the redevelopment of the hotel.
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