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.
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This was our 3rd or 4th visit to the William Vale.
Everything was perfect from start to finish and our dog was as welcome as my wife and me!
Beautiful room, perfect view, front desk staff, housekeeping, porters, Leuca restaurant, Westlight, on site parking (peace of mind after driving down from Boston)...all were superb!
Shout outs to Peter E. and Jesus Espinal-couldnât have been nicerðð
Joe and Barbara Hogan...and Sarge too!
I recently attended a family wedding at the hotel- June 1st
Your event manager Oleg was outstanding- could not have been more pleasant or helpful in every way -ge managed to find ear buds for our entire table as the music was deafening from the band - he was GREAT- and the next morning could not have been more helpful located a lost pair of prescription glasses and making the retrieval seamless !!!!
Jeanette & Carl
Reasonably new 'hipster' hotel. Very expensive. They want to make sure you know its a hipster hotel. How? Well, let's start with the elevators. Only one tiny light in the whole car, strategically placed away from the floor buttons. You literally cannot read the floor buttons. Next: Tiny rooms (OK, I get it, its Brooklyn, space is at a premium). Platform bed with a mattress only. But wait, let's make sure we put in really low to the floor (I guess it looks more 'sophisticated') so if you're older, you'll really be unhappy getting out of bed. Absolutely no desk to do any actual work. Just a 9 inch ledge under the TV to put your wallet and keys. Other furniture is a useless 'Cleopatra' lounger (also suitably low to the floor) and a fridge cabinet. On top of the fridge cabinet is a minibar selection of unbelievably overpriced goodies ($9 candy bars etc.). And, even though you're paying in the $300 - $500 nightly rate, let's make sure to rip you off again with our overpriced WiFi service. Limited speed is free; if you want to do any real work, please pay us $15 to $25 per night. Gee, thanks a lot. There is a small balcony with 2 chairs which was the most pleasant part of the room. Make sure you plan your elevator trips well in advance. The elevators actually move very quickly. However, there are only 2 that service the guest rooms (another 2 service the hipster bar on the roof), so you may be waiting a while for an elevator.
The best place to eat at the hotel is the Mister Dips burger stand on the patio. They only accept debit or credit cards. The burgers and drinks were tasty and only mildly overpriced (2 burgers, 1 fries, 1 drink = $26). The main dining room, Leuca, has a massively overpriced breakfast. If you're stuck there, go for it. It was tasty, but $14 for 2 eggs and toast seems a little excessive.
Overall a relatively annoying hotel, for which you'll pay a handsome price.
Spent our 20th wedding anniversary at The William Vale and it an amazing experience. It offered the right combination of relaxation while centrally located to amazing dining options, shops and activities. If ever in doubt, consult with Peter E. the hotel ambassador for "all things Williamsburg and/or NYC". He is super personable and always willing to help.
Very well located and design hotel. The 2 bedroom suite was great , with a beautiful terrace and nice view over Manhattan. Room service was not that great, hard to get glasses and ice bucket, but thanks to their ambassador Peter E. , i put a 5 stars, his service was great and classy. He makes you feel special in every way.
Will come back and try the corner suite but please make sure the room service level is as high as the hotel and Peter.