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
The staff were incredibly helpful! Especially the young lady on reception (her name began with K). She made me feel very comfortable and no request was a problem. She had loads of recommendations and helped book us a car for the airport.
Also, the bar man upstairs was extremely friendly! I would highly recommend this hotel and the view from the roof top bar is incredible
All of the staff we interacted with was super friendly. Check in was easy and I was given a free upgrade. The room was beautifully furnished - I love mid-century modern - clean and comfortable. The rooftop bar area is beautiful. There's a gorgeous, homey sitting area. The bartender took great care of us, played good music (on vinyl!) and the tacos were fantastic. Really enjoyed staying here.
The hotel is clean and in a fun neighborhood- but the staff makes this such a fantastic place to stay. They’re all so so helpful! Linda went especially out of her way to help me- I really appreciate them!
My husband & I stayed on the 6th floor. Our room faced the pool side & with the pool closed for the season it was very quiet . Loved it. Room is small but totally adequate for 2 people.
Staff was amazing! Very helpful & friendly.
Would have given 5 stars but upstairs lounge closed for most of our visit which was disappointing.
Lovely hotel, well-situated in Williamsburgh, shops and restaurants walking distance. Very nice rooftop bar, great atmosphere, very helpful and friendly staff. Rooms are very nice and light, great bed.
Some recommendations for improvement: there is too little space for toiletries, no hooks for towels and the light in the room is not very good - one bedside lamp and a ceiling central light. But i do recommend it.