McCarren Hotel & Pool

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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.

By: Tim Lowery

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Venue name: McCarren Hotel & Pool
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Address: 160 North 12th St
Brooklyn
11249
Cross street: between Bedford Ave and Berry St
Transport: Subway: L to Bedford Ave
Price: $350 per night and up
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Have not had a chance to stay there but did enjoy their rooftop bar! They had a weekend happy hour of dollar oysters and they were quite yummy. I recommend the rooftop for a nice getaway from the city that's also convenient.


Have not stayed at this hotel, but did enjoy a party there.  The first floor pool is a decent size and there is seating around the pool including a colorful stair case seating on one side.  Small cabanas and umbrellas make this a beautiful oasis in Brooklyn.  The bar on the 8th floor is partially open and provides beautiful Manhattan views.  Dance or lounge upstairs while soaking in music and surroundings.  


My favorite place to spend a summer day. Spend a little bit of cash on a pool pass and spend the entire day drinking slushy drinks and pretending you're in Miami. Not something to do every single day, but a nice way to feel a little like a baller (and cool off when it gets crazy humid).