The Wythe may not be the first boutique hotel in Williamsburg, but it’s the first to capture the neighborhood’s elusive hip factor. Since the launch team includes Andrew Tarlow, the restaurateur behind popular local eateries Diner and Marlow & Sons, it’s not surprising that the sprawling ground-floor restaurant, Renard, was an instant hit. Like Tarlow’s restaurants, the hotel has a subtle vintage feel without going down the full-blown retro route. A 1901 cooperage near the waterfront has been topped with a three-story glass-and-aluminum addition; on its facade, a 50-foot-tall "HOTEL" sign, created from salvaged tin signage by artist Tom Fruin (of Watertower fame), becomes a neon-lit beacon at night. In many of the guest rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows offer a panorama of the Manhattan skyline or face a cool Steve Powers graffiti mural that re-creates vintage Brooklyn advertising. Heated concrete floors, exposed brick, reclaimed-timber beds and witty custom wallpaper (including the Wythe Toile, inspired by local street scenes) create a rustic-industrial vibe, offset by fully plugged-in technology: A cable by the bed turns your iPhone into a surround-sound music system. The utilitarian subway-tiled bathrooms are stocked with luxurious Turkish towels and eco-conscious Goldies products created by a former Diner staffer. Deejayed parties on the sixth-floor bar aside, the Wythe literally rocks: The hotel accommodates the ’Burg’s many touring bands in special quarters that sleep four to six. For other noncouple traveling companions, compact bunk rooms are equipped with individual TVs—some even have cute terraces. Rooms: 72.
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80 Wythe Ave
|Cross street:||at North 11th St|
|Transport:||Subway: L to Bedford Ave|
|Price:||$300–$399 double. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|
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Always a stop off on my tour for out of towners. The perfect place for a sundowner cocktail watching the sun set behind one of the most iconic city skylines in the world. Just gorgeous all year round. In the Summer it's the perfect outdoor rooftop and in the Winter it has that great cosy vibe. If you're heading there in the Summer to catch the sunset though, make sure you head down there with a couple of hours to go until the sun sets as it can get really busy and over the weekends there's often a line outside to get in. Also beware of the frozen cocktails they serve in Summer - ridiculously tasty AND alcoholic. I did warn you....
Out of the few rooftop bars in the area, this one is likely the best. It's the only one with a real view of the Manhattan skyline (though a large portion of the rooftop deck looks out over Brooklyn, not the water) and is a great place for dates or parents. The bartenders know what they're doing and can mix you up anything you like, though I usually go with a simple gin gimlet. Great place to watch the sunset from either outside or from one of the several tables against the glass windows inside. At night a DJ gets the place bumping. It's a really popular spot and the lines start up around 5, so get there early or prepare for a long wait. Stop by the Brooklyn Brewery, just down the street, beforehand!
Got married here! Absolutely beautiful and amazing down to every detail. Whether going for a brunch or dinner at Reynards, going to a screening (in their private screening room), having drinks in their upstairs bar, or staying in one of their suites... definitely 5 stars +