Port Washington News 

Celebrating The Knickerbocker Yacht Hotel

May 27, 2017


One if by land and two if by sea, the Knickerbocker Yacht Hotel is the place to stay.

The boutique hotel has a fantastic location on Manhasset Bay while the rooms are bright and inviting, with several rooms having a view of the bay and marina.

With clean lines and a nautical setting, the rooms are reasonably priced and located right in the heart of Port Washington.

Nearby is a culinary delight of restaurants, entertainment, concerts and culture.

On the evening of May 3, 2017 members of the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce and local government officials gathered on its deck for its ribbon cutting ceremony and to enjoy a delightful array of cocktails and food by H on the Harbor, which catered the affair.

Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman presents a proclamation to the owners of Knickerbocker Yacht Hotel

With gentle background music of a talented guitar player and a magician who performed deftness of hand, the staff cheerily provided tours and answered questions about staying in the hotel.

Because of it uniqueness and exclusive nature, with six elegantly appointed rooms, the Knickerbocker Yacht Hotel is the perfect setting for honeymoons, private meetings or an intimate weekend getaway.

With a charming bar area, guests can order a drink and step out of their stateroom to enjoy the view on the decks. Breakfast is served daily from 7 to 10 a.m.

For reservations, call 516-883-4800.

Our historic building located directly on Manhasset bay

The Island Now

Knickerbocker Yacht Hotel to celebrate grand opening

May 9, 2017

The Knickerbocker Yacht Hotel, a bed and breakfast on the waterfront in Port Washington, will celebrate its grand opening on Thursday with a ribbon-cutting hosted by the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce.

The hotel, which held a soft opening in September and is located at 433 Main St., has six rooms, including a presidential suite named “the Helm.”

The hotel sits on land that once housed the Knickerbocker Yacht Club, which was established in New York City in 1874, moved to Port Washington in 1907 and was the second-oldest yacht club on Long Island Sound.

The club closed in 2009 when it was sold for $3.2 million.

Gene Verett, chief operating officer of INK Hospitality, which manages the hotel, said people visiting the area have responded well since it opened.

“Everything has been going great,” he said. “People are actually excited to have us.”

Verett said the hotel’s amenities include free breakfast and WiFi, wine and beer, high-end linens, as well as anything a guest asks for.

“The word no doesn’t exist to use,” he said. “We try and do our best to accommodate everyone staying.”


The 3,500-square-foot building sits on Long Island Sound, with  a dock. 

The six rooms are similar, Verett said, but have different décor and arrangements.

“Each room has it’s own little charm,” Verett said. “For each, we try to take full advantage of the view because every room faces west.”

Verett said the hotel guests have included local residents spending a weekend away from home with a spouse.

The presidential suite features a king-sized bed and a queen-sized sofa bed, a romantic area, as well as a private patio overlooking the water and a bathroom with double sinks.

Verett said the hotel is looking to expand its services on the dock next season, transforming it and creating a high-end beach club with food, drinks and live music.

“Our plan is to make it a very intimate spot,” Verett said. “For the following seasons, we hope to get cabanas in the backyard for people to take advantage of.”