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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
This was our 3rd stay at this property and we always enjoy it - the Westlight bar at the top is spectacular. A big SHOUT OUT to Chantel Dean at check in who got us checked in SO FAST that we made our dinner reservation!!
The art of service is lost on so many hotels now. We are booking through the internet and posting our dinner on Instagram and reviewing as well. So, very often the personal touch is MIA. When we checked in the Front Desk was professional, kind and upgraded us for our anniversary. We didn't ask for it, they just did it. The kindness felt genuine and I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't take down the professional Front Desk women's name for this review. I'm hopeful that Peter E. will look that up so she will get the kudos she deserves. Now, Peter E...he is the Ambassador at the William Vale. He has an infectious personality. Smiles and warm welcomes at every turn. At 8am or 3pm, no different. He's kind and had plenty of local suggestions. He honored our anniversary with an in-room amenity. But what I loved the most is his genuine interest in us, and again, the art of service is lost on the internet. He clearly took immense pride in his position and was such a true Ambassador for the property. Lastly, I will say that I have worked in hospitality on a level that makes my ears perk at the service I receive at any and all hotels. I worked in a 5 star, 5 diamond Relais & Chateaux...so I know service. William Vale is doing a fabulous job upfront at the Front Desk and with the Peter E. The finishes in the rooms felt luxurious and the hotel was spotless. The housekeeping appointed our room for turndown and after we went to breakfast. The view from our room was so special and even better sipping the wine that Peter E. left! I have a couple of comments that are less flattering for the pool. And as a person with hotel experience, I would have the chat with the GM as opposed to posting on here and encourage he/she to call or email. But I'll say it is clean and the pool environment was lovely. In conclusion, GO, have fun, the property is located beautifully. And say hi to Peter!
I booked a King with balcony room last minute because my husband and I were in town for a concert/date night and the staycation unlocked promo made it more appealing to book the room than to drive home. I didn't know much about the hotel when I selected it and now I will never forget it. I loved my room. The bed was super comfy, the rain shower was exquisite, the balcony was relaxing with enjoyable views, and the room service was extraordinary. We ordered the basic burger with fries and it was beyond delicious. I am not sure if it was the seasoning or what but I can't stop thinking about those fries. I am already looking for another excuse to return to enjoy the restaurant and the other amenities.