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
We stayed here last summer for our 1 night visit to Brooklyn. Service and hotel were both spot on. Staff was extremely helpful with parking and service. Great spot to stay for proximity to local businesses and restaurants. Walked all over Brooklyn ❤️A bit pricy but compared to others reasonable. Great for couples or singles. Great pool and atmosphere for that “boutique” vibe.
We stayed are for an art fair and the service of the staff was incredibly warm, welcoming ad accommodating. In fact, Matin went so far as to loan us a table to use at the fair. Room was quiet, clean and plenty of space. Had to stay one night at Williamsburg Hotel...overpriced, chic but tiny room, shower is pen to the bedroom, and the noise level made it difficult to sleep. MCarren was much better
Good hotel. Very good gym for a smaller hotel. I wasn’t there when the pool would be open so tough to talk about that. Call before you book. My rate was 150/night and on Expedia it was close to 300/night. Be careful.
room was ok for NY, given space constraints. very nice large bed, tv. adequate bathroom & shower, even with a complete shower door unlike most "modern" hotels. working space poor, with only a setee to sit on and small unlit space for laptop. but has a minibar which is nice. also nice bar on top floor with view, but we had no time for it. my wife had an accident at a party at a bar in Manhattan where someone managed to knock her wool winter coat off the top of a pile of coats on a table with the inside of her coat landing facing up and at the same time a full glass of beer smack onto it so it was a mess. when we got to the hotel, sweet Angela loaned my wife her own winter coat to use the next day while we got the coat dry cleaned for another party the next night!
This boutique hotel was very charming. The king size bed was beyond comfortable. However, they were having some issues with the thermostats at they had recently been upgraded and we couldn't get the heater to turn off. It was 90* in our room and it was warm outside. We called to front desk and someone came right away. The lobby area was small so no where to really hangout and relax other than your room. We were in town for a wedding and tried going to the hotel rooftop bar at the end of the evening and were turned away because they were only selling bottle service at that time. The bar was completely empty except for two patrons taking pictures of the view. The front desk was nice and polite. Open showers with rainfall shower head doesn't give enough pressure. Would probably stay again, room was clean but small (NY style) no real comfortable seating in room other than the bed.