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
Had a wonderful weekend in Brooklyn thanks in large part to Martin and the team at McCarren Hotel & Pool. They were super helpful and friendly. The room was clean and quiet enough for me to nap during the day (jet lag!).
I'd definitely stay here again.
We came here for my friends joint bachelorette party and it was great. They were very accommodating and friendly. Martin went above and beyond making sure we had what we needed for our room and was so wonderful helping with our bags. Even walked my bag to the Uber and put it in the trunk for me. Very nice experience and the pool area was great. Will definitely be back!!
I'm not one to write reviews, but this was a really disappointing visit due to poor and/or inaccurate communication from hotel staff. This is not a cheap stay ($1100+ for 3 nights) - you can do better in the area for this price point.
PROS: The location is amazing - it is walkable to everything, and the hotel is clean, and has a nice workout room; beds are comfortable.
CONS: Staff and Staff Communication.
(1) Our shower flooded our bathroom (and room) three times - which due to the layout/type of shower - if you get a clogged drain, its going to flood the room. I get it, these things happen, but we were routinely told by staff that they were taking action to fix the issue when in reality they only mopped up the water (1 - we were told they were going to snake the drain, they didn't; 2 - we were told their engineer was going to be there in a hour and would come up - we found out the next day when it flooded again, that the engineer didn't even come into the hotel that day - this was not communicated to us). They did offer to move our room - which is appreciated - however, that was the second time it flooded and at 8 am when I was trying to get ready and out the door for an event and my husband was sleeping - since we were told the engineer was going to come by, we didn't think it was necessary. When we checked out, and let the Staff know that it flooded for a third time - they did not apologize or even seem concerned. They also did not seem to think it was a problem that the engineer did not show up when promised nor that this was not communicated to us.
(2) The website says that hotel guests may access the pool at no extra cost. When we checked in, staff at the front desk told us that guests must pay to access the pool between 11am-6pm. I asked whether this was to purchase a chaise or just access the pool, and was told it was just to access the pool. The pool was the reason we booked this hotel. We didn't use the pool because we just didn't want to shell out another $120+/day to use the pool. Two days later another staff member told us that guests could access the pool free-of-charge and only had to pay for chaise lounges. Had we known that earlier, we would have used the pool. This could have been just a cross in communication, but truthfully, after dealing with the shower issue and lack of communication/care there, I'm not sure they deserve the benefit of the doubt.