The Knickerbocker Yacht Hotel, a waterfront bed and breakfast in Port Washington, will celebrate its grand opening Thursday with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce.
The hotel, which opened in September and is located at 433 Main Street, 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 Long Island Sound’s second oldest yacht club.
The club closed in 2009 when it was sold for $ 3.2 million.
Gene Verett, COO of INK Hospitality, which manages the hotel, said people visiting the area have responded well since it opened.
âEverything went very well,â he said. âPeople are really happy to have us. “
Verett said hotel amenities include free breakfast and Wi-Fi, wine and beer, premium linens, and anything a guest asks for.
âThe word no does not exist to use,â he said. âWe try to do our best to accommodate everyone. “
The 3,500 square foot building sits on Long Island Sound, with a dock.
The six bedrooms are similar, said Verett, but have different decor and arrangements.
âEach room has its own little charm,â said Verett. âFor everyone, we try to take full advantage of the view because each room faces west.
Verett said hotel guests included local residents spending a weekend away from home with a spouse.
The Presidential Suite includes a king-size bed and a queen-size sofa bed, a romantic space, 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 pier next season, transforming it and creating an upscale beach club with food, drink and live music.
âOur plan is to make it a very private place,â said Verett. “For the following seasons, we hope to have cabins in the yard for people to enjoy.”