The Hoxton, Williamsburg
What We Love
- Bespoke patterned bedding by local label Dusen Dusen
- The Apartment, a space dedicated to meetings, parties and the hotel’s own curated events
- Complimentary breakfast bags (oatmeal pots, OJ, and fruit) delivered to your door
- Ping-pong tables at Backyard, the hotel’s casual outdoor restaurant
What To Know
- The property stands on the site of the former Rosenwach factory, maker of NYC’s wooden water towers
- Half of the 175 guest rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows
- Books in all guest rooms were curated by local Brooklyn residents
- The hotel offers free international phone calls
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
A trailblazing British brand brings its retro allure across the pond to Williamsburg
One glance at the Hoxton’s room categories—guests can choose from Cozy, Cozy With a View, or Roomy, all decked out with local ceramics, Roberts radios, raw concrete ceilings, and wood and brass detailing—serve as previews of its unfussy elegance and hipster vibe (practically a requisite in this pocket of New York), while the lobby, courtesy of London-based design firm Ennismore, is an equally Insta-friendly blend of vintage chandeliers, houseplants and Millennial Pink couches. The dazzling centerpiece is a recreated carriage house—a tribute to the structure that once anchored the aforementioned Rosenwach Factory—that’s now the site of Klein’s, one of three onsite restaurants spearheaded by renowned Greenpoint restaurateur Jud Mongel. His menu is an ode to all things grilled, including a charred Amish chicken, steak, and a much-buzzed-about burger. Backyard, a relaxed al fresco space serving no-utensils-required treats like hot dogs and pimento cheese, and Summerly, a glass-encased rooftop bar, wreathed with floral barstools, round out the charming seasonal offerings.
In the Area
Warehouses once dominated this Brooklyn nabe before paving the way for the hipster brigade. These days, alt-cool Williamsburg’s high-rises are attracting a fresh crop of young professionals and families, meaning the entertainment offerings here run the gamut from larger-than-life drag shows at the nearby Metropolitan Bar to Domino Park, a new six-acre green space built on the site of a former sugar refinery. As part of its commitment to joining forces with area’s creative set, The Hoxton’s own dynamic cultural events calendar, which could include a stand-up performance by a Saturday Night Live cast member or showcases for local street artists, is a force to be reckoned with.
How to Get There
Hotel was great location - 10 minute walk to our kids, with a good price and our room had a wonderful view of Manhattan. Room is small, but manageable. Bathroom/shower kinks need to be worked out - shower door pushes bath mat away so floor gets pretty wet. Breakfast bag is overstated - juice, banana and a small cup of oatmeal which is not warm - no other choices (eg pastry). Nice large common area on ground floor.
We stayed at the Hoxton Williamsburg for the final 2 days of our NY break. We stayed in a cosy room, which was definitely cosy as there was not much room around the bed for suitcases etc. The bed and pillows were super soft and comfy and the room decorated tastefully with home comforts including books to read, a Roberts radio, as well as vases etc. Our room had a fantastic view of Manhattan, which looked great lit up at night. Reception were helpful with checking us into our room earlier and organising for our room to be cleaned when it hadn’t been. It also it is a touch that you can check out at midday on the day you depart and receiving a light breakfast to your bedroom.
Williamsburg is a great area of New York to explore as well as it being easy to get into Manhattan from Nassau Av metro station which is a short walk away.
We stayed at the Hoxton at the beginning of November to break up the journey home from Hawaii to London. We arrived extremely early around 7.30am, expecting to just drop our bags and head off. To our surprise we were very kindly checked into our room, assuming they were either not fully booked the previous night or they’d had a very early departure room. This was such a welcome surprise and much appreciated. It’s shocking when people turn up at hotels first thing in the morning thinking they have the right to demand a room so, we were really grateful for this! The room was indeed “cosy” but clean and fresh and nicely decorated. The amenities were of a high standard and we had everything we needed.
On our first night we were woken up by the fire alarm at 4am, having experienced something similar before we wrapped up, grabbed our passports and headed to the fire exit. There was someone communicating over a tannoy system confirming the evacuation so we got ourselves outside. We were back inside after 15 minutes or so, a false alarm, but the procedure seemed to work and it’s better to be safe than sorry! We had an apology letter in our room the following day and no harm done.
We received a “Love” balloon and some cupcakes in recognition of our honeymoon which was a fabulous touch and very well received by us both!
We loved the breakfast bag and the bed was incredibly comfortable, love that bedding!
We didn’t make use of the outlets in the hotel as we had a jam packed pre planned itinerary but it all looked welcoming and comfortable.
My only gripe is that my credit card still has a hold on it almost a month after our stay. Hopefully it will release soon.
All in all it was a fantastic base for us and whenever we return to New York I hope we will be able to stay at the Hoxton again.
There were two things that attracted us to the hotel. It’s around the corner from our kids and grandkids (want to see their pictures?) and my husband booked when really low introductory rates were advertised. And of course we knew where it is located— a great location! We stayed for almost a full week, ending with the Friday after Thanksgiving. And we are so glad that we did.
The downstairs area is fabulous— bones of the building’s original use as a factory are blended with contemporary furniture. There are so many places to sit, work, talk and eat— even in front of the fireplace. I especially liked the brickwork and archways and how the, enormous garage doors are still used when they want the lovely outdoor space to connect to the bar and restaurant area.
Our room was small but well designed and comfortable and equipped with everything you need (except washcloths and body lotion). I’d have preferred trading the king sized bed for a queen in order to gain more floor space. But I’m short.... The big windows let in lots of light and it was great having so many outlets!
The best part of the experience was the staff. Everyone we encountered from those behind the check-in desk, to the baristas and cleaners was unfailingly friendly, warm and HELPFUL. I needed something at 3am and one of the staff members went outside the hotel to get it and bring it to me— all with a smile and in very little time! Above and beyond....
Hotels in trendy Williamsburg tend to be expensive. I hope there will be promotions and other deals available to those of us who might want to stay for a week or more.... We hope to return!
I was in NYC earlier this month and my stay at The Hoxton was definitely a highlight of the trip. The room was clean, modern and featured an unblocked view of the Manhattan skyline. Having breakfast sent up to the room every morning was certainly a plus too.
I would like to give special mention to Tong, the Guest Service Manager who made my friend and I feel very much at home. A cupcake and handwritten note was waiting in my room on my birthday and this attention to detail is a testament of the excellent guest service at the Hoxton! Will definitely visit the Hoxton again the next time I am in New York.