May 2015, New York, NY
Everybody's fave Bachelorette Kaitlyn and I have something else in common besides our love of tattoos, crass comedy, and no shame: we both love The Knickerbocker in Times Square. Yes, you heard me - Times Square.
I am struggling with this paradox myself. How can the axis of evil (tourists, pedestrian traffic, and adult humans inexplicably dressed as cartoon characters) yield something worthwhile, let alone incredible? And yet that's the only word to describe the recently reopened landmark - incredible. Owners tapped design firm Gabellini Sheppard and culinary icon Charlie Palmer to create a luxury experience that defies all expectation.
I recently had the opportunity to take a snooze in one of the Knick's Corner Suites. Of course I wanted to see just how luxurious their top-of-the-line room offering was, but I had a feeling that more windows would mean more noise. They put me on the 5th floor, directly across from one of Times Squares largest billboards. Bad sign. I live on the 20th floor of a building in a relatively quiet neighborhood, and even I get woken up from time to time by garbage trucks and the like. I had a feeling this was going to be a nightmare.
I hate being wrong, but I was wrong. The first thing I noticed was the absolute silence. Checking in at midday, I was sure there would be a steady buzz from the throngs of people outside. Blackout shades took care of the massive billboard outside my window, and I was treated to some truly awesome ZZZs. I then treated myself to a meal at Charlie Palmer and had a bit of a meltdown with my next revelation; I would come back to Times Square, on purpose, to eat this meal again. The tuna tartare was, no lie, best in the city. Then I tempted fate and ordered the salmon. If you like fish, you know that salmon is the most hit-or-miss out there. It's easy to find decent salmon, but it's also easy to find atrocious, dry, rubbery salmon; truly delicious salmon (worth it's rate at a pricey joint) is rare.
I don't know what else to say. From soothing neutral interiors to custom Sferra linens to complete soundproofing throughout the property, you won't get a better night's sleep anywhere in the five boroughs. New weekend plans: eat yourself into a coma at Charlie Palmer and then roll yourself into a suite at The Knick. You're welcome.
P.S. They didn't pay me to write this. I don't know why I have to say that but I have to say that.