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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
I booked us into the McCarren Hotel and Pool for my son’s wedding weekend. Was disappointed by the extremely small room and bathroom. It’s not Manhattan, so I expected a bit more of a “normal” size room. The pool has cache, but if you want to occupy a lounge chair after 11:00 AM, you must pay quite a bit extra - and the room is already about $400 per night - without even so much as a chair beside the bed. The bed, by the way, is extremely soft - like, too soft. I’d recommend alternative hotels in Brooklyn where we’ve had much nicer rooms for less money: The Box House or The Nu.
Passed by this hotel from time to time, finally got a chance to try it out In a hot summer day of August , James is an exceptional, very professional, made my stay feel more comfortable & safe , pool is big & fun, just too crowded in afternoon special 1-4 pm with some of outsider , after 6 pm quest only then more relief , from 7-11 am pool for hotel quest only thank god,! room is decent size, just some minor problem shower switch, they sent staff to fix it right away ! Don’t like breakfast much, too simple only a few things as a pic showed below, plus no restaurant in this hotel , no food service at poolside drink only, no drinking water in room only some ice water in lobby, would suggest the management check out the Mattress cover more often. Overall is a pleasant stay ! If u not too picky, this hotel still not a bad choice!
Martin and Eric greeted us at the door and made sure we knew everything about the hotel we needed to know. Eric really made us feel welcomed and every other staff member worked hard with a smile. Was also great to find a full gym in the hotel with all the equipment you could ask for. We’d love to return!