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
This is one of the cluster of new, distinctive hotels in the Williamsburg neighborhood. The place is furnished in mid-century modern, with very good quality furnishings and materials. The staff is warm and very anxious to provide advice.
Rooms are on the small side, small closet, no sitting chair, or room for emptied suitcases.
Bathrooms are small, but complete, and supplied with Greek spa toiletries. Very nice walk-in shower!
Located across from McCaren Park tennis courts, and the hotel has a fitness room, & outdoor swimming pool.
Continental breakfast is included.
Hotel was great and especially Martin who was there anytime we needed anything. Martin also had some great recommendations for food in the neighborhood. We enjoyed the pool view from our room and the complimentary breakfast that we enjoyed poolside.
The hotel is very chic and modern and in a great location. The staff is so very kind and accommodating. It has a lovely upscale pool and poolside bar. The rooms are modern yet comfy and warm. There is a free breakfast in the morning that offers a great selection. I loved staying here...I had a balcony facing McCarren Park & was content to sit and watch the tennis games. The manager of the hotel is awesome. He helped me with my huge suitcase to my room. The price is SO REASONABLE. I will definitely return and recommend. If you want to explore Greenpoint or Williamsburg—it’s perfect and you’ll have extra money to shop and dine.