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
Our visit was for business reasons hosted by ABB. The stay at the William Vale was exemplary. Great location, great room, great overall experience. We were hosted by the hotel leader Peter Erasme; what a great person. Peter provided detailed info about the Brooklyn area, the hotel and truly an ambassador for the hotel. He is very collaborative and engaging which caused my wife to say we will be back for a personal visit to the hotel, site seeing in Brooklyn and greater Manhattan area.
While on a business trip, (ABB) with my husband, my first time in NY, although we are well-traveled and have seen our share of hotels and staff, I can't think of any who compare to one of the staff, in particular, Peter Erasme at the "William Vale". All of the staff was excellent, this young man really stood out, going above the call of duty. He was willing to help, very engaging and genuinely concerned. As my husband and I waited for our car to pick us up, we watched him interact with the guest as he singlehandedly solved their problems, gave directions, offered water, assisted with luggage and literally defused one guest. We secretly named him, Peter, the William Vale Super Hero. This is truly a young man any employer would be proud to call their staff. Don't take my word for it, while in NY, stay at the William Vale and watch the "superhero" at work, it is impressive.
Great front desk and bellmen! Housekeeping never restocked coffee, we ran out of toilet paper and tissues during our 3 night stay. When requesting this from front desk this was done but then coffee cups never provided...Elevators were slow but beautiful rooftop and pool!