NEW YORK— The eight-storey, 150-room Williamsburg Hotel has opened in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, N.Y., it was announced Jan. 19.
Located at Wythe Ave and North 10th St., the property will open in phases, beginning with guestrooms and lobby bar. This winter, a restaurant will open, followed by a rooftop pool, water tower bar and ballroom.
Guestrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with Manhattan, Brooklyn and East River views. Design schemes vary from whitewashed timber walls to grey distressed finishes with leather, brass and marble. Guestroom elements include a sitting table that doubles as a room service tray, and open-windowed showers. Featuring 30-ft. ceilings, the ballroom will accommodate 400.
Next month, Harvey, a grain- and vegetable-focused restaurant by Adam Leonti, will open on the lobby level. Leonti will focus on freshly milled grains for pastas, breads and pastries, and serve a daily selection of local meat and fish. Harvey will also provide the hotel’s room service and Leonti will sell to-go flour and bread from the hotel’s bar. Leading the property’s Brooklynized version of afternoon tea is the hotel’s in-house tea director.
Later this year, a rooftop pool and three bars, including a private bar for hotel guests, a subterranean lounge, and a replica water tower bar honouring the block’s historic wooden water tower factory, will open.
On the service side, the property offers bath amenities handmade in Brooklyn by small-batch factory, Apotheke. A hotel-branded tuk tuk (three-wheeled auto rickshaw) is complimentary and available for guests in need of rides around town or drop-off at the nearby L or G subway stops.
Highlighting the hotel’s entranceway are cascading stairs leading into a bar outfitted with an art installation, from street artist Eric Rieger, who has strung thousands of strands of multi-coloured yarn throughout the space. Other design highlights include custom toile-inspired wallpaper designed by Beastie Boy Mike Diamond featuring quintessential Brooklyn scenes and figures, from a Nathan’s Famous hot dog to a group of Hasidic Jewish men, to rapper Notorious B.I.G.