Picture all the hipsters in Brooklyn and then imagine opening up a hipster hotel sending hipsters from all over the world into this hipster zone and what you have is a kind of hipster theme park where thoughtful interior design meets scruffy facial hair meets politically correct caffeinated beverages…
With Brooklyn being the centre of the creative universe it is high-time the area has a hotel-with-cred to call it’s own. Situated in a former textile factory, the 70-room Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg makes a feature of its industrial past while a clever renovation has opened up amazing new river views to Manhattan. (Pay close attention to the custom-designed wallpaper to hints – the joint did a stint in munitions manufacturing around WW2.)
Like Manhattan’s Ace Hotel, it aims to cater to the full-deck of clientele – lofts for the loaded, bunks for the broke though the latest word is that bunk rooms are being converted into doubles (why sleep alone if you can get lucky?). While the Wythe Hotel isn’t exactly cheap it must be said that any room you take here will be substantially larger and ‘wow’ than what you’ll get for your budget in Manhattan. Even the Queen rooms are larger than many New York apartments.
The hotel is located in a busy strip in Williamsberg where you’ll find the famous Brooklyn Brewery – bars, restaurants, live music, anything you want is here. You could easily forget to go to Manhattan! In terms of public transport there’s a choice of two Subway stations: Bedford Ave and Nassau Ave.
What We Love
The rooms are extremely spacious and well-designed and the views – if you get one – are spectacular. The hotel”s communal zones – the cute, French-inspired Renard’s restaurant and the Ides Bar on the rooftop are destinations in their own right – just don’t expect to have them to yourself.
Room to Improve
While NYC isn’t exactly where we’d head for a quiet night in, we do think hotels should strive to balance between having a great atmosphere and enabling guests to get a good night sleep.
The trick to the hotel is getting a room facing the right direction (ie: towards) Manhattan and landing the right floor – too low and you will miss out on the view, too high and you risk being too close to the bar which could cause havoc with your sleeping plans given it is open until 3am and is hellishly popular. We get the feeling that summer time at the Ides is completely mental so, if you’re looking for somewhere calm and grown-up, we’d recommend booking a hotel elsewhere. Having said that, you should definitely stop in for a glass of wine at one of the bars!
80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Sleep quietly surreal dreams to ‘Little Marriage’ by occasional Brooklynite Lia Ices.