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
Martin greeted us at the door and so began our wonderful weekend. Martin offered excellent suggestions for restaurants and sights to see
Staff was great. Clean room, beautiful pool, great location
Spent 2 nights at the McCarren. Second or third visit. It’s a great place to stay in Williamsburg. Not pretentious in any way. Super location. Fab staff and great pool.
Martin is a super star if you need to organise anything.
Entire staff was beyond accommodating, pool was relaxing, host,wait staff and bartenders very attentive and hospitable. Rooms are spacious and clean. Looking forward to going back real soon.Highly recommend.....
The hotel is very nicely located, with some parking and more on street parking. The rooms were very nice, recently upgraded. We did not use the pool but looked popular. The hotel seems to be working on a restaurant/bar area in the basement, but was not completed when we looked around. Service is great, always with a smile. Especial kudos to the parking/bellhop guy (Mark?). We were there last weekend and needed to park. He saw that a car was about to leave, talked to the driver, and then held traffic for me while I backed up half the block and parked in the vacated spot. He did this to other friends that were staying at the hotel. Great service! If their restaurant/bar were done this would be a 5 star review.
Staff was beyond pleasant and more than helpful in every level. Martin, James, Sal and Linda and countless others were extremely nice and welcoming. Pool is amazing! We will definitely be back! Rooms were clean, beds super comfortable.