The Hoxton, Williamsburg, New York

Spotify books out an entire hotel during its first two
weeks of operation, there’s little question that it’s the coolest
option around. Indeed, Ennismore Group have done it again with
their first stateside outpost, Hoxton Williamsburg, which follows
their tradition of creating chic urban sanctuaries in world
capitals, so far including London, Amsterdam and Paris.

When descending the entry staircase, you’ll immediately be
greeted by a warmly lit open-plan kitchen set in a repurposed brick
carriage house. The space is always buzzing with chefs prepping
swordfish over the wood-fired grill, gorgeous couples strolling in
and out with shopping bags from Williamsburg boutiques and creatives
discussing website layouts over oat-milk lattes.


After a day of pounding the NYC pavement, dive under your
printed Dusen Dusen duvet (designed by a modish Brooklynite) and
tuck it under your chin before scrolling through the hundreds of
American channels. Many of the rooms look out directly onto the
Manhattan skyline – the hotel is
just a block away from the East River – making for a glittering
backdrop when dozing off. If you’re going out, getting ready will
make you feel effortlessly cool; bathrooms are kitted out with
brass features and Parisian metro-style tiling, while
an exposed-copper clothing rack is the perfect place from which to
pluck your leather trousers.

Room sizes range from “cosy” (or “cosy with a view”) to “roomy”,
and are full of little surprises such as bespoke Williamsburg mugs,
vintage Roberts radios and a book selection with topics ranging
from skincare to soul-searching, all curated by local influencers
and artists.

What’s for breakfast?

Be sure to tick all the boxes on your breakfast bag and hang it
outside your door before drifting off. You’ll wake up to a sweet
pot of overnight oats and berries alongside a bottle of
just-pressed orange juice. For something heartier, swing by Klein’s
downstairs (sit in the open-air area on sunny days) for an English
breakfast or a sticky-toffee bun with sea salt if you’re looking to
grab and go. An acai bowl, smoked salmon scramble or heirloom
tomato toast with pesto tick healthier boxes – as long as you forgo
duck-fat hash browns.

How about lunch and dinner?

Pitch up on the multi-level benches surrounding the terrace at
Klein’s for a change of scenery come lunchtime. On chillier days,
station yourself in one of the lounge’s nooks (designed in
collaboration with Soho House) and enjoy your
midday meal from a comfortable armchair. This is not the type of
place where you’ll only want a main; order a selection for your
group and get ready to mix and match – the chickpea burger with
tahini and Greek grain bowl brimming with feta are favourites.

Both Klein’s and Summerly, the hotel’s dreamy rooftop bar, offer
dinner. We’re partial to Summerly’s ultra-fresh evening offerings –
the crudités plate with baba ghanoush does a good job of setting
off clam pie, corn fritters and unmissable East Coast lobster roll served
on buttery brioche. For late-night nibbles, crispy cheddar biscuits
served with sweet cream are delightfully more-ish.

Is there a bar?

Summerly looks straight over Manhattan, making for a
effervescent setting whether you’re spending the afternoon lazing
on a chaise lounge or clinking champagne flutes at twilight. For
pre-party drinks before a night at House of Yes, order a round of
Georgica Spritzes, served with a handful of pomegranate seeds. For
a more relaxed affair, cosy up with a glass of wine by the
wraparound bar at Klein’s or by the glass fireplace in the library
tucked behind reception.

Things you should know…

The Hoxton is opening another another outpost in Portland (Oregon) before the end
of the season, and it’s set to crank things up a notch. In addition
to characteristically chic design (this one will include pink
marble) and an enviable location, there will be a rooftop taqueria
and late-night basement cocktail lounge serving after-hours Chinese

Within a short walk you can find

Night owls are in for a treat; New York DJ institutions Output
and Schimanski are close enough for you to stumble home to
bed at the end of the night. Otherwise, the Hoxton is bam in the
centre of Williamsburg’s hottest hangouts. Perfume fans are obliged
to pay homage to Le Labo headquarters, while local favourite
restaurants include Mexican eatery Cantina Royal, brunch sweetheart
Café Colette and OddFellows ice-cream parlour. For an all-out
foodie extravaganza, head to renowned Smorgasburg, a waterfront
mecca of food tents selling everything from ramen burgers to
birthday cake ice-cream sandwiches (and just a three-minute walk