The William Vale Hotel
What We Love
- Doing laps in New York’s longest hotel pool, when the weather’s nice
- Tasting Andrew Carmellini’s next great culinary creation
- Staying at a hotel that’s caught the eye of Condé Nast Traveler – before it even opened
- Hanging out on your private, city-view balcony
What To Know
- There's a 15,000 square-foot public park on the rooftop
- A swimming pool can be found on the third floor
- Super close to hip cafes, bars and shops
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
How do you get a whole borough of too-cool-for-school hipsters’ tongues wagging? Design a cutting-edge, modern-skyscraper hotel, align yourself with a leading hospitality group, and hire its acclaimed restaurateurs to develop your dining plan. This is the approach that Williamsburg’s forthcoming The William Vale has taken, and so far, it’s working. The soon-to-open stay has already won itself a profile in Brooklyn’s Brownstoner, not to mention others in Haute Living and Condé Nast Traveler.
Helmed by Andrew Carmellini – the chef who brought you The Dutch (South Beach and NYC editions) and The Greenwich Hotel’s Locanda Verde – the F&B scene will likely be a draw in and of itself. The building, meanwhile, will include an elevated public green space, a panoramic rooftop lounge and New York’s longest hotel pool. And sure, the property may have gotten some great press so far, but that doesn’t mean the cat’s completely out of the bag. It may probably take some time after this promising property opens for it to take off, so make like a hipster, and sleep here before it’s cool.
Your sleek room features unobstructed, New York-skyline views. The hardwood-floored Gotham King room boasts a 71-square-foot balcony, and features designer décor, contemporary art and nine-foot floor-to-ceiling windows. You’ll also have a comfy seating area and a master bath with a separate, glassed-in, rain-style shower.
The dining at The William Vale will be overseen by NoHo Hospitality Group, helmed by leading chef Andrew Carmellini. If that name rings a bell, it’s because it’s the name behind such renowned eateries as The Dutch, Bar Primi and iconic Locanda Verde. Among his contributions will be the rooftop lounge, featuring panoramic views of the city.
In the past decade or so, Williamsburg has emerged as a hub for New York’s hipster class, with sleek new bars, fashion-forward clothing shops and numerous music venues having opened in their midst. Aside from offering its own unusual public spaces, including an elevated green space and a rooftop lounge, the stay is near two of them: the Brooklyn Bowl and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Buzzy nightspots and to-go eateries abound on Bedford Avenue, two blocks over.
How to Get There
Hotel is very new and beautiful, and also spotless. I usually stay in premium Manhattan hotels twice a month, and this experience made me seriously contemplate staying in Manhattan again. I initially booked for one night, and upon arriving at the hotel, realize that I had inadvertently booked for the night before. Front desk staff who were very courteous, fixed the situation in about five minutes, honoring the previous night’s rate and allowing me to check in with no issues. They offered to put us in a super upgraded Gotham Corner King room for a minimal fee that was several hundred plats less than the advertised rate for that room. I went to check out in the morning and was helped by two super kind associates; Tamika and Chris. They helped remove a disputed room charge in 5 minutes and checked me out quickly and efficiently, despite a long check out line. About 30 minutes later, We decided that we want to stay at the William Vale for one more evening. I returned to Chris, who matched the rate that a third-party hotel website I use with which I have a very high loyalty program tier rating offered, and put me back into another suite of the same type. Chris offered some of the best front desk hotel service, and this is coming from someone who spends nearly 100 nights per year in hotels.
Also, the valet staff allowed to keep my vehicle in the valet loading zone as much as I needed, as we did a lot of running in and out.
We didn’t have time for any of the bars or restaurants in the hotel, so I can’t speak to that; however, I heard several other guests ranting and raving.
Good job guys (especially Chris and Tamika); I’ll be back during my next trip to NY!
The view is gorgeous. Rooms are small but adequate and well appointed. Great minibar. I’d say the most disappointing and deal breaking part of our experience was the staff. Upon arrival, there was no bellman as I got out of our car with a ton of luggage. I had to go to the receptionist twice (not a close walk from the street curb) to ask for a bellman and it was a very cold night. He finally came and i had to help open doors for him as luggage flew off his trolley - like it was his first day on the job. The valet was in a massive screaming war with a couple of guests over their parking ticket. They looked on the verge of a major brawl as the valet screamed profanities at the guests trying to leave with their car. A horrible first impression upon checking in -strike 1. Front desk is blah, apathetic and lukewarm- bodies behind the desk with a pulse- strike 2. Room service operator was curt and had an attitude as if I were bothering her-strike 3. Not a 5 star service experience by any stretch, closer to 3 star. Overall, the staff appears like they’ve just been plucked from the nearby La Quinta. They have zero clue what 5 star service should be. I would never go back given a thousand better options in the city. Oh and I tried to grab a bite at the rooftop restaurant- not a waiter to be found which was why I opted for the snotty room service- burger however was great.
Initial impressions are impressive.. friendly greeting but sadly they didn't seem to know their room type. We we told we had a city view .. We didn't..
There was no issue in Changing but it was inconvient ..
The biggest issues revolved around the roof top bar .. it seems you need to reservation to sit down .. no matter how empty the bar is ..
This was explained to me by a particularly rude staff member called Gloria. As I sat in a half empty bar she asked me if I had a reservation .. discovering that I didn't she told me I would have to move. Her answer when I pointed out that the bar was half empty was.."move Sir or I will make you move".. I was so shocked.. I complied .. and having asked about a reservation I was taken back to the same seat 'll
I won't be staying there again..
The hotel has valet parking and they charge a pretty expensive daily fee for it.
This is considered an upscale place and it is a pretty nice hotel, however the layout was pretty odd.
It is located at a prime area in Brooklyn and right in front of the Brooklyn brewery where you can go for some drinks at night, pretty fun.
There are some nice restaurants around as well as some neat ice cream truck right at the hotel grounds.
The gym is ok, better than most gyms for a hotel and the pool area was pretty nice looking, I sadly did not get to go to the pool as it is pretty cold and the pool is outdoors, an odd idea to have an outdoor pool in this city as the winter will drive to have it closed so I would say they should have the pool indoors instead.
The hotel has a tapas rooftop bar and a restaurant but the restaurant is at the lobby, bother open to the public and both places dont seen to give much preference to guests of the hotel when it comes to tables. that was pretty odd to me.
the rooms are pretty nice and roomie they have balconies which is a plus! some of the lights in the room are hard to figure how to turn on and off as some of the light buttons are not placed at logical places.
the one thing that irritated me the most was the tv. The my media smart TV was hard to learn how to connect to the smart phones and the instructions were not at all straight forward, we spent hours trying so useless and frustrating.
Overall I don't think this is a worth the money hotel, there is not enough here to justify its 5 star claim.
The William Vale offers it all: Beautiful rooms/facilities, unbelievable room views, great restaurant/bar, amazing roof-top lounge, top notch service. I will never stay anywhere else when I come to NY