McCarren Hotel & Pool
What We Love
- Williamsburg’s original full-service boutique hotel
- In the middle of Brooklyn’s hippest 'hood, but just a five-minute subway ride from Manhattan
- iPod docking stations and mounted flatscreen TVs in every room
- Sipping craft cocktails and local brews at OIeanders restaurant
- Hanging out at the rooftop and pool in the summer
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- The hotel is formerly the King & Grove Williamsburg
- Staff is young and aims for a nonchalant coolness
- The rooftop pool closes in cooler months and reopens for the summer season—call ahead to check opening and closing times
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Cutting a sexy figure—eight stories of steel and glass that mirror its high-rise neighbors—the hotel has a hot address next to McCarren Park and Bedford Avenue in the heart of Williamsburg. A $2 million facelift by designer Heather Maloney brought in a modernized 1970s look, with mirrored walls and floor-to-ceiling windows. The 64 rooms start at a cozy 215 square feet, but feel bright thanks to a neutral white, oak, and blond palette, textured seagrass-weave wallpaper, and beds covered in Frette and Matouk linens. Marble bathrooms echo the property’s minimalist theme with rainfall showers and La Bottega products. For more room to stretch out, One-Bedroom Suites have wide parlors and oak-lined wet bars. Williamsburg’s cool kids sip innovative cocktails at the rooftop bar, then head eight stories below for hearty fare and brunch staples on weekends (think chicken and waffles) at the modern American restaurant Oleanders. Out back is a seasonal heated pool, where, during warmer months, guests can reserve day beds and stretch out poolside.
In the Area
Once an outpost for New York City’s distribution warehouses, Williamsburg has become an artsy haven of dimly lit bars, vintage boutiques, locavore restaurants and music venues. Check out who’s playing at the Knitting Factory, Music Hall of Williamsburg and DBA, or opt for a night in and order a North Fork Cabernet from Uva Wines and Spirits (yes, a wine shop that delivers, for free!), the carne asada tacos with guacamole from Calexico, or the naked balls and a whiskey float from the Meatball Shop. For retail therapy, check out Alexander Wang and other off-duty-model looks at Oak, rocker-chic Cheap Monday at Alter and dandified Fred Perry at the Grand Street surplus store. For something more down to earth, find steals at Malin Landaeus’ boutique, trunk treasures at the Brooklyn Flea and vintage by the decade at Monk Vintage and Beacon’s Closet.
How to Get There
Visiting from Atlanta, we stayed at The McCarren Hotel for 2 nights. It was our first time exploring Brooklyn. From the moment of getting out of our Uber, the attentive staff went above and beyond to make us comfortable. They were friendly, accommodating, and made sure we were happy with our room. We enjoyed our king sized bedroom overlooking the pool below. Rooms are small as expected but very comfortable. The hotel is perfectly located to explore the streets of Williamsburg, we could not have chosen a more prime location. At the end of each day of sightseeing we were thrilled to come back and enjoy the afternoon at the amazing pool. The pool is big, water temperature perfect and pool staff very nice. The vibe is totally chill, nice mix of hotel guests and people that just want to enjoy the day poolside. The bar has great cocktails and snacks. There is lots of seating and feels like a day at a country club - sophisticated, luxurious but totally chill. The rooftop bar was open everyday at 5:00...amazing views of Manhattan, great drinks and we loved hanging out up there before dinner and late night upon our return. This place is a gem!! Special thanks to Martin & the entire front desk staff for an awesome stay as well as Noble at the pool for making sure our experience was perfect. We enjoyed every moment of our stay at The McCarren and look forward to returning!
We are in our 60's. We stayed here because we were attending a wedding and heard that the official wedding hotel (The Williamsburg) had tiny rooms and no closets! This place at least had an average size room, bathroom with a long shelf to store toiletries, a small closet and a couple drawers. The shower was excellent except for the fact that there was no door and water got all over the floor. We were on the second floor and looked out on the concrete park across the street. There wasn't too much street noise even though we were close to several hip bars and clubs. The pool area was nice, too, and (unlike some reviewers) we appreciated that it was not a loud music scene even when full of guests. There is a bar in the lobby where you can get drinks that's just steps from the pool. The best part was the staff. They were quick to bring us what we needed when we called them, always cheerful and communicative (especially when the AC went out on one hot afternoon.)
This is a cute boutique hotel in a very nice part of Brooklyn. Honestly, the hotel is not the best. It looks very old with some renovations. But the staff were amazing! Some of the best I've experienced in the hotel industry.
RIght around the corner from Bedford Ave where there is a great variety of restaurants, shops, and nightlife. During the day there were street vendors lined along the streets. Food trucks at night. Right across the street from a park. It was $30 Uber ride from LGA. Bus stops nearby and train stop about a block and a half away.
There was a pool! I was very surprised by this. Most NYC hotels don't have pools. Their pool area is very nice with several rows of chairs with umbrellas. But you have to get out there early because a lot of the locals pay for day passes to visit their pool and it gets crowded quick, around 12noon/1pm. The pool is free to hotel guests. There's also a fitness room a and conference room on the lower level.
I had a Superior Queen with Balcony. It was cute. Very art deco. The bed was VERY comfortable. There was shelving under the TV which was very useful. Bathroom was clean but I was missing soap and body wash. The balcony was nice but the chairs were very dirty. That was because they were doing construction right below on the street. The room had a slightly old and musky feel. But a little Fabreeze and that fixed that.
I need to shout out the AMAZING staff that made my 24 hours in NYC a tad bit easier: Tiffany, Martin, Linda, Jessica, Daniel, and Keron. I was in town for work and it was a stressful assignment. They were SUPER accommodating in so many ways. The held my bags and my MANY boxes, They made sure I had a space to work while I waited for my room They made sure my bags were delivered to my room. When my toilet was running for 2 hours at 2 am, they extended my check out well beyond so I could sleep in and enjoy the pool. They helped me get a car service anywhere I needed to go. They carried my bags and MANY boxes up and down the front stairs. Anything I asked, they helped.
The staff here made ALL the difference.
Last summer my friends and I booked rooms here 4 times so we could have a staycation and hang at the pool. It was always nice. There was a bar by the pool and a dj. This year we plan on doing he same thing and show up on a Sunday to find absolutely no music at all and that our room would only allow 2 people into the pool. Last year it allowed 4 people. So we were paying double what we paid last year for a less fun pool experience. We had to go inside the lobby anytime we wanted a drink or order food. The next day we checked out and hung by the pool again on a Monday and there was a dog running around the pool and jumping in the pool. I personally wasn’t bothered by this bc I’m a dog person but lots of others were very grossed out. The dog had been there for about 4 hours before the lifeguard and front desk came out to tell the guy the dog wasn’t allowed... a little late ya think? The guy was mad bc if it was an issue you would think they would have said something much sooner. The guy who owned the dog was wasted by this point and it was a whole fiasco. Mccarren should have handled this better. We left because it was no longer a stress free fun atmosphere to be around. So much for our long awaited staycation w friends ! We will not be back. We plan to check out the William vale and ravel pools.
I enjoyed most of the service from the staff. For the most part, they are very chill, friendly and pretty proactive on greeting you.
The pool was great when the weather is nice. I definitely spent a morning to chill and work with my laptop by the pool and one afternoon to swim. This place gets packed during the weekend but definitely a very nice looking crowd to be part of.
The room overall is good. I got a pool view room which was quite nice. The bathroom is nicely decorated with marble looking tiles and it's pretty.
Now, let's talk about the ugly. Like many mentioned, some of the furniture was really run down.
1. One of my nightstand drawers couldn't close because it was so beat up
2. Exposed wire in the damaged shower nob (!!!)
3. Towels were all shredded out
4. The service maid didn't clean the toilet when she came by (let's say there are clear signs to tell)
5. Useless light switch that does not do anything
There you have it. The management can really use a budget to update some of the fixtures and get the house in order. Will I come back, I think I would consider especially if there's the opportunity to use the pool. And only if the price is reasonable