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 pool is ground level and accessed through the lobby. Note that it is also open to the public for a daily fee. Unfortunately the kitchen was out of order and closed the day we went, but they allowed us to order food to be delivered so we could stay poolisde after renting our (very expensive) lounge chairs. Pool was fun and had a chill vibe, not too crowded or crazy. Roof bar is cute with fantastic views. Room was average, but clean and did the job. Staff was very friendly and helpful.
Taking into considaration the location you probably hope for a wonderful view, but is not! There are buildings in front.
But.. the terrace looks nice and it is interesting for a private party there if you want
Under the ADA every hotel in the United States with a swimming pool is required by law to provide a wheel chair lift to assist disabled persons who want to use the pool. On July 6 I contacted McCarren because I wanted to purchase a day pass and chaise for the hotel pool, which cost approximately $ 130 for the day . The pool looked lovely on its website and as I live in Brooklyn and my disability prevents me from traveling far, I was very excited about this opportunity I asked the hotel for confirmation that they had the chair lift ( please note that I have been to other hotels with swimming pools that do in fact comply with the law and have chair lifts). I was told the lift was broken and had to be sent out for repair. Naturally I wondered how long it was broken and whether the hotel would have even bothered to repair the lift if it weren't for my inquiry. One month later on August 5 I called back because I intended to go to the hotel in August 10. The chair lift was still out for repair. The person I spoke to, Martin , who was very lovely and whom I don't hold accountable for this problem, sounded apologetic and a bit embarrassed but didn't say when the lift would be repaired . He did say that I "might" get a call from his manager. The manager didn't care enough to call. Its a damn shame that the owner of the hotel ,a small boutique hotel in Brooklyn , has such disregard for his fellow citizens who are disabled , who would be happy to patronize his establishment, not to mention the law. For those readers who are not disabled, you cannot imagine the frustration and disappointment that a disabled person feels when he or she can't participate in summer activities that so many others can enjoy
I loved this place, the pool, staff and bar outside on a sunny day made it for me.
Great location too, in the heart of a vibrant part of Brooklyn and just round the corner from the classic club, Output.
I look forward to coming back.
Being a Brooklyn native, I was looking for a staycation with a pool, so I had a friend who happens to be a concierge who helped me find this gem! At first I wasnt' going to book the room and was just going to use the pool facilities but then realized for a few more bucks mide as well go all out, i was very impressed with the pool area,
(felt like we was in Miami) My Girlfriend and i were very contempt & happy with my choice, in the room we enjoyed the bathroom and balcony, the room is a tad bit small, that is why i gave it 4 stars instead of 5, but the staff was very friendly,
I had Parker and Jessica welcome me to the Hotel who were friendly and professional, also Martin gave me good pointers in the area, he was very friendly to talk to, I will definitely be coming back if not this year, definitely next!