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
This is the second time that we stayed at the McCarren. Out first stay was fine bit this stay was not very enjoyable. The rate was much higher than our previous stay. I booked the room and then found it for less on another site but the online site would not price match. When we arrived I mentioned this to the desk clerk and said I sure hope we get a nice room since we were paying so much for it. She said we were in a newly refurbished room. I am not sure how “newly” this room had been refurbished because it looked a bit tired. Phone was falling off the wall, closet door wouldn’t close, tile grout was dirty. Rooms are small. Bed is nice.
We were on the 7th floor. The noise from the bar was awful! When I called the desk at midnight on a weeknight I was told it would quiet down soon as they just did last call. The bar eventually quieted but then some of the guests started running and yelling up and down the hall. We were only staying at the hotel until an early AM flight. Needless to say we did not get much sleep. We will try to stay at another hotel next time we come to visit our relative who lives in the area. Certainly not worth the price we had to pay.
My husband and I stayed at this hotel the weekend of October 13th for one night. The room was not clean. The bathroom shower had mold on the handle, we didn’t dare to touch it. Luckily there was a rain shower that we could use. The sink had mold too, it was in the upper corner of the sink, most likely neglected for a long time, The floor was not swept, left alone washed. We hoped for at least a clean room considering the price of this hotel. Overall, it was not a pleasant place to stay. I took the photos of all dirty places, in case somebody wants to look at it. The safe was not even attached, Maybe we were not lucky and got a dirty and outdated room, but this was our experience,
I stayed here for a week this is a very nice hotel, great view, excellent location! The most important for me was a very clean and comfortable room and a great service thank you Daniel and Martin for all your help, attentions and taking care of us!
Had three nights here which were great even though pool was closed for the winter which we didn’t know about. Room was nice and clean and it’s a nice quiet hotel and area to stay in. Rooftop bar was great, excellent cocktails and service. Staff very helpful and friendly.
Stayed at the McCarren for a night with the boys for my 21st birthday. Service was unbelievable, area was prime, and specifically Tiffany was great to us. She offered incredible service, especially to treating me to some beers for my birthday. She made sure we had everything for our stay, Thank you Tiffany! We hit the rooftop for happy hour also. Was a bit chilly outside but didn’t stop us from taking a dip and swimming in the pool. Pics from our stay are below. Will definitely be back!