Looking for a dose of the decidedly newer, shinier and—dare we say it—friendlier Williamsburg, Brooklyn? Look no further than this high-end boutique hotel, located just across the street McCarren Park, the sort of Central Park of this bohemian, North Brooklyn nabe.
With 64 mid-century-designed rooms, ranging from compact 240-square-foot queens to a two-balconies-boasting penthouse, McCarren Hotel & Pool has Brooklyn-by-way-of-Miami vibe. On one hand, there are local touches like mini fridges packed with brewed-down-the-street Brooklyn Lagers and cheeky DO NOT DISTURB signs with quotes from borough favorites like Rosie Perez, and on the other, the bright and breezy décor (floor-to-ceiling windows, off-kilter decorative light bulbs) have a levity that screams beachside retreat. Take the hotel’s biggest draw, its backyard pool and deck, which is outfitted with cozy poolside beds, which can comfortably fit two, candy-colored wall murals, an island-vacation-worthy bar, a house-spinning DJ and, of course, the four-foot-deep lukewarm beauty of a pool. (No matter what room you opt for, we recommend one facing the pool—there’s nothing like seeing the glowing water below you at night to make you forget, for a moment, you’re in New York.)
The tropical atmosphere continues on the rooftop, which is decked out in black-and-white–striped couches, an ivy-covered wall and lots of summery vegetation, and pumps reggae and other chilled-out, good-time tunes. Take advantage of the daily 5–7pm happy hour (when you can nab oysters for just a buck a piece and a glass of rose for $5) and take in the stunning views of Manhattan.
Below ground, you’ll find McCarren’s expansive restaurant, Oleanders, which has high ceilings with opulent bright-yellow chandeliers, and walls with quirky Wes Anderson-style portraits of animals. (To add to the playfulness, there’s also a foosball table.) Brunchers looking for something hearty should dig into the meaty lumberjack breakfast (bacon, pork loin, toast eggs, bacon and roasted mushrooms), while night owls can pick from dinner-menu options like the bone marrow cheeseburger and steamed mussels.
TIME OUT TIP: For a glimpse of old-school, gritty Williamsburg, Turkey’s Nest Tavern is at the end of the block. A favorite dive for locals—and go-to- spot for after-game drinks for teams that play at nearby McCarren Park—the no-frills joint slings out big-ass 32-ounce Styrofoam cups of brew for just 4 bucks.