Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg

Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg

that the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg is home to one of the
most popular rooftop bars in the city, it’s easy to forget that
non-New Yorkers actually sleep here too. Apart from the regular
slew of hipsters coming in and out for rosé on the roof, the hotel
itself typically brings in an attractive mix of Europeans and music
execs looking to stay somewhere a little less mainstream than
midtown Manhattan.

Without a doubt, the waterfront industrial building is a
millennial’s dream. Timber ceilings, oversized windows and
cast-iron columns (yes, it’s like a stylish startup) reflect the
former factory’s early 20th century architecture; while the top
three stories, constructed of glass and aluminium, add a flash of
modernity to the building’s aesthetic.

At 70 rooms, the Wythe is the Goldilocks of hotels. Small enough
to retain a boutique sensibility, but just big enough that the
common areas are always buzzing at the right times. The same
applies to its location; sitting in the heart of Williamsburg the
Wythe has a fantastic, but not overwhelming, selection of nearby
coffee shops, open-air food markets, thrift stores and bars. The L
train into Manhattan also happens to be just a short walk away –
though you might not even be tempted to leave your slice of
Brooklyn heaven.


The décor may be industrial chic, with exposed red brick walls,
reclaimed furniture and vintage mirrors; but don’t expect anything
short of luxurious. The concrete floors are heated, there is
iPhone-controlled surround-sound and guests can enjoy
floor-to-ceiling views of the New York
skyline. Rooms range from modest bunkbeds to corner lofts
with standalone pedestal tubs and private roof terraces. Rooms from
£210 per night.

What’s for breakfast?

Reynard, on the ground floor, is a popular neighbourhood
restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No surprise, since it’s
helmed by one the borough’s favourite restaurateurs, Andrew Tarlow
(make sure to visit his other Williamsburg spots, Marlow & Sons
and Diner). Breakfast runs from 7AM to 11AM on weekdays and you can
get brunch on the weekends from 10AM to 4PM. The American-focused
menu includes classics such as poached eggs, pancakes and

How about lunch and dinner?

Reynard tends to be more happening in the evening, when the
ambience is a little more lively with neighbourhood locals meeting
for drinks and dinner post-work. Diners can start with staples such
as charcuterie, oysters and cheese boards, and move on to heartier
dishes like cornish game hen, pork chops and sweet potatoes with
brown butter. In the summer, the open-air-tiled courtyard makes for
a romantic dinner setting.

Is there a bar?

There sure is. The 6th floor bar, known as The Ides, offers
stunning views of Brooklyn and Manhattan and attracts a fun crowd
all summer long. We can tell you from experience that it’s the
perfect place for chilled bottles of wine and small plates as the
sun sets (although the party can start as early as 12PM on


Eco-friendly bath products, complimentary wifi, in-room surround
sound, flat screen LED TVs, full-service minibars with locally
sourced products and free access to the Brooklyn Athletic Club.

Things you should know

The hotel also has a 60-seat screening room with a bar and often
hosts screenings and events. Check with the concierge to see if
anything is scheduled during your stay.

Within a short walk you can find…

Brunch spots such as Cafe
and Five Leaves, essential Brooklyn shops including
Catbird and Beacon’s Closet, ultra-hipster coffee shops – Blue
Bottle and Toby’s Estate are a must, happening bars like Hotel
Delmano and Berry Park and superclubs Verboten and Ouput to take
you into the early hours of the morning.


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