The Williamsburg Hotel

One of Brooklyn’s newest hotels sits just one block away from the East River. Featuring eight stories and 150 rooms designed by Michaelis Boyd (Soho House Berlin, Babington House UK), the Williamsburg Hotel is a celebration of a neighborhood that never stands still and never stops evolving.

Thoughtful yet unexpected design elements abound.

Visitors walk in through a low-set entrance that opens into a welcome area. The walls are made of corrugated hardwood and accented with brass and gold pinstripes. Vintage furniture combined with organic, reclaimed materials pair city-chic with Catskills rustic.

The sub-level bar features riveted leather and smoked glass elevators, evoking prohibition-era speakeasy vibes.

The rooms are encased with whitewashed wood paneling, and feature leather and fabric accents. Rest and relaxation were front and center with the soaking tub, rainforest shower head, and translucent blue tiles. Upgrade to get a terrace, the fake grass is kind of campy but we liked it. With Manhattan lighting up your evening, you can relax accompanied by one of the best views in the city.

Surprising highlights include a permanent installation by artist Eric Rieger composed of thousands of strands of multi-colored yarn that cascade over the bar. We also learned about custom toile-inspired wallpaper designed by Beastie Boy Mike Diamond.

Enjoy the rainbow of strings while sipping craft cocktails. You’ll find breakfast and tea service in the bar lounge. While their culinary program slated to begin shortly, we can’t wait to see what the kitchen produces.

The devil is in the details, and the devil has all the fun. Custom room numbers break from tradition, letting light and shadow play. Instead of traditional, center-set lettering, half dollar-sized lamps illuminate brass cut numbers, pushing the shadows against the wall.

Overall, we found the hotel replete style and delightful details that make visiting or staying a feast for the senses. For more information and booking visit The Williamsburg Hotel.