The Williamsburg Hotel
What We Love
- Complimentary loaner bikes
- Ten-foot floor-to-ceiling windows in all guest rooms
- In-room sound machines
- Custom-designed toile wallpaper by Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys
What To Know
- The seasonal rooftop pool will open in mid-2018
- For prime Manhattan views, book a Terrace Room
- All the breads and pastries served onsite are from local darling, Brooklyn Bread Lab
- The hotel’s New American bistro, Harvey, offers a weekend high tea service
- Free WiFi
- Pet Friendly
Fit-for-a-millennial standard-setter, with a retro-modern undercurrent, on North Brooklyn’s trendiest block
This super slender red brick and glass building, standing over Brooklyn’s beatnik heart, unintentionally evokes a pair of skinny jeans (part of the unofficial Kings County uniform). The neighborhood’s hipster DNA continues to crop up throughout the vintage-flavored public spaces—there are jewel-toned velvet sofas, parquet floors, and a multi-colored yarn installation that dangles over the exquisite copper bar—while the 150 rooms are dapper, Art Deco-inspired dens filled with white-washed timber, leather furniture, half-open factory windows, and suave marble and copper finishes. Some of the zanier perks here include a complimentary tuk-tuk service, which shuttles guests to neighborhood attractions and subway stops, and priority access to The Avenue, a seasonal pop-up eatery overlooking Wythe Avenue. The concierge, who functions more like a savvy local friend, dispenses advice on everything from locating the best street art and nearby breweries to booking airport taxis. The hotel’s real showstopper, however, is the 40-foot swimming pool and faux water tower bar, intended to pay homage to the once ubiquitous urban relic.
In the Area
The property, which shares an avenue with two other splashy area hotels (The Wythe and The Willam Vale), offers a quirky roster of curated experiences ranging from a Brooklyn bicycle tour and a literary pub-crawl to a raucous beer-and-barbecue themed afternoon known as “Sunday Funday.” Onsite, choose from activities like a DJ-ed brunch, yoga, and a bi-weekly dancing-in-the-dark party. If you still need to get a taste of Manhattan, head to the L train (about a 7-minute walk away on nearby Bedford Avenue) or, better yet, take the scenic route—a 5-minute walk to the North Williamsburg landing, where you can hop aboard the ferry.
How to Get There
The location of this hotel is near an extremely loud after hours club. All weekend long from 1 am until 5 am it has been a constant overbearing and unrelenting loud music loud people honking horns and revving engines. Do not I repeat do not book this hotel on a weekend if you have any hope of getting a restful night sleep. It is 4:34 am Sunday morning and the music and honking has not stopped. Stay away
We were attending an event at the Williamsburg Hotel and decided to make it a mini-staycation by booking a room at the hotel. While the room was fine (average at best, trendy decor, but very small), the bigger problem was the elevator situation.
There are two main elevators for the hotel and on service elevator (which was not functioning during our visit). From the hours of 6 PM - 4 AM, the hotel dedicates one elevator exclusively to the Watertower Bar. During peak hotel usage (think people checking in, heading out to dinner, etc.) there is one elevator available to paying hotel guests. Each time I wanted to go up to the room it was a 10-20 min wait (multiple times the elevator would stop on the floor and it would be full). When I mentioned this to the front desk, I got a non-plus response indicating that there was nothing that they could do and "sorry." I honestly never thought that I would have an issue with elevators at a recently built hotel.
We mentioned our dissatisfaction with the elevator situation when we checked out and to the hotel's credit, the manager did speak with us and tried to make it right. However, we had a final issue with the elevator getting from the Lobby floor (one floor down) to the ground floor to catch our car. After waiting 5+ minutes (and having one elevator full with sound equipment from presumably the Watertower Bar), we gave up and hauled our luggage one flight to the ground floor. I felt really good about spending $300 for a night here... not.
Do yourself a favor, don't stay here unless they get the elevator situation figured out. What a disappointment. There are other great properties nearby, including the much nicer William Vale Hotel.
I am a repeat business guest at the Williamsburg Hotel (and after 1 stay I was hooked) and because January and February are value season for NYC hotels I went for a suite at the Williamsburg Hotel on a late January Sunday night. The suites are L-shaped and enormous and the floor to ceiling wrap around windows and high ceilings make them seem even larger! The full view across the water to the NYC skyline is draw dropping and the north view through the 25 Kent office building and beyond from the balcony is a nice change of pace if you ever get tired of the water and skyline. The suite has a huge free-standing bathtub with the same skyline views and the walk-in shower with 2 rain shower stations is built for 8 and has open views south. The electric shades are there for privacy. My conclusion - the suite is worth the full price but who doesn't want a winter bargain! Everything else is only better at the hotel than my last visit. Harvey restaurant has amazing food, the bar was packed on a Sunday night and the staff cannot help enough.
We stayed at the Williamsburg Hotel on a busy Satuday night and were immediately impressed by the hotel’s overall ambience. The bar/restaurant area was lively, but the sound didn’t carry past that floor. Our room was a standard size for a NYC hotel, but the city views out our balcony made up for any lost space. The staff were incredibly accommodating during check-in and holding our luggage while we went out for the day. The hotel’s location makes it easy to explore all Williamsburg has to offer! Will definitely return.
Great hotel close to everything. Unique, clean and cool. The food is amazing, and they have room service. Breakfast in bed was a fantastic way to start the day. Staying at this hotel again in a couple weeks and I cannot wait!!!