What We Love
- Stellar free breakfast includes local purveyors like White Mustache yogurt, Blue Bottle coffee and freshly baked pastries and fruits
- Cool local crowd hangs in the communal living room and backyard
- Free use of the hot tub and sauna
- The hotel sometimes hosts pop-up dinners, concerts and photo shoots
What To Know
- Feels like a cross between a hip neighborhood social club and an inn
- You might occasionally hear noise from other guests hanging out in the common areas
- Located on a residential street in Williamsburg about a five minute walk from the L subway train into Manhattan
- Three of the five rooms have a shared (but stylish and well-stocked) bathroom
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Urban rustic. Former pro-hockey player Lyon Porter created this B&B for the hip kid set with roughly-hewn wooden beams, Aztec-print Pendleton blankets draped over vintage leather chairs and potbelly stoves warming the pretty people reclining on overstuffed chesterfield sofas.
Bed and Bath
Four of the five rooms occupy the second floor of the townhouse and have a cozy vintage aesthetic mixing industrial lighting with warm wooden accents, exposed brick and, in some, decorative marble fireplaces. The fifth room occupies a straight-out-of-the-Catskills log cabin in the backyard. Inside you’ll find a king bed made of tree branches, a clawfoot tub and a woodsy sitting area lit by an antler chandelier and a wood-burning stove.
Industrial garage doors on either end of the townhouse lead into an open-plan kitchen/living room, the heart of the hotel. Here guests gather around a farm table for locally sourced breakfasts (Porter sometimes flips hotcakes or scrambles eggs for guests). Out back sits a hot tub, sauna and hammock for guest use. At night, the living room often becomes a de facto neighborhood clubhouse, with local creative types dropping by with microbrews or leading crafts nights or pop-up dinners.
In the Area
Set in funky Williamburg, Brooklyn, you’re a five minute walk from the L train into Manhattan. But you could easily occupy weeks on this side of the East River with some of the city’s coolest boutiques, music venues, bars and restaurants. Grab tacos and margaritas served out of a vintage airstream trailer built into funky Zona Rosa, tuck into pay-by-the-pound brisket on the picnic tables at legendary BBQ joint Fette Sau or sample the Michelin-starred, regional American fare at Delaware and Hudson. At night, bowl while bands play at the sprawling Brooklyn Bowl, hear buzzy DJs spin at hip Kinfolk, grab German brews at the massive Radegast beer hall or combine dinner and a movie (and cocktails) at the indie Nitehawk Cinema. The club kids all end up at Kellogg’s Diner late night for disco fries.
How to Get There
We stayed at the "Tree House" in Brooklyn its a sister property of the urban Cowboy. Its a cool place for sure, the layout is amazing, the decor everything about it looks wise is fantastic!
The people are super nice and lovely!
It was missing a few basic things like a clean bar of hand soap and kleenex. And it was very dirty/dusty.
I would certainly try out some of their other properties!
I must preface this in saying that I did not stay here, and only saw the ground floor, back yard and cabin out back.
What a unique space! I love the design and feel of the place. There are interesting nick knacks throughout, without being cluttered. The back yard patio is a relaxing area complete with jacuzzi. The cabin outback would be perfect for a peaceful weekend away from the kids, or a special weekend getaway.
It's a short walk to the L train for those wishing to get to/from Manhattan.
Like most guests of the Urban Cowboy, I was drawn to the place by the many great reviews in architectural and design magazines. Don't worry - as far as design goes, the place will leave you in awe. Lyon Porter, mastermind of the Urban Cowboy, obviously has an eye for detail and has created an outstanding space that fits perfectly well in its urban surroundings. However, the place seems to function in terms of "form over function" - design is indeed everything. This manifests, for example, in a total lack of useful details like shelves, trash cans, etc - all left out, it seems, because they would disturb the general esthetics of the place. In the same way, the owners seem much more concerned with accommodating photo shootings and journalists than actual guests. Unfortunately, perfect styling does not result in anything resembling actual hospitality... I'd be surprised if they can keep the place up and running for more than a year or two. My recommendation: Swing by the place for a photo or two, or look at their Instagram. Then, book another room, in a hotel that's not quite as hip - chances are you'll feel just a little more welcome there...