Brooklyn Travel Guide

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Another Industrial-Inspired Hotel is Coming to Williamsburg

Where: North Tenth Street and Wythe Avenue [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States
April 27, 2015 at 4:20 PM | by | ()

The upcoming Williamsburg Hotel will, like others before it, feature modern expressions of the area's industrial heritage. This one might just raise the bar, and we do mean bar. Stay tuned.

Brooklyn, New York, and in particular hipster neighborhood of Williamsburg, is becoming a hot bed of hotel design. One new hotel we’ve been waiting to get a glimpse of, is the Williamsburg Hotel, expected to open later this year. (Ed. Note: This hotel is not to be confused with the former Hotel Williamsburg, which has been since been renamed McCarren Hotel & Pool.)

Developer Heritage Equity Partners, a family-owned business with roots in the area – like around the corner from the Williamsburg Hotel – plan to duly honor Williamsburg’s industrial legacy, combined with plenty of "wow" factor. Works for us.

The design team spearheading the wow includes local firm HWKN Architects, and Alex Michaelis of London-based Michaelis Boyd as interior designer.

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Bar Tartine Goodness Coming to The Wythe Hotel Next Month

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  Site Where: 80 Wythe Ave [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11249
March 25, 2015 at 2:30 PM | by | ()

Left your heart in San Francisco and now you're somewhere in Brooklyn? Bar Tartine, one of the best restaurants (and bakery) in San Francisco at this moment, is coming to Brooklyn to the Wythe Hotel as part of the hotel's Dinner With Friends series held at the Reynard restaurant.

The first round of tickets sold out pretty fast, but the hotel is releasing a second round for the April 7 and 8 dinner dates. Guests will have the chance to feast on a four-course meal prepared by Chefs Cortney Burns and Nick Balla of Bar Tartine, and Reynard's own chef Sean Rembold. A few dishes to expect are smoked potatoes with black garlic and ramp mayonnaise and green chili fisherman’s stew with collards and mushrooms. We're keeping our fingers crossed for Tartine's insanely delicious bread too.

Seatings are at 7pm sharp and tickets cost $140 which includes the menu, wine pairings from Reynard's wine director, Lee Campbell and gratuity.

Room rates at the Wythe on April 7 and 8 start at $325 for a baby queen room and $435 for a Manhattan king room, one of the best room to book at the hotel.

[Photo: The Wythe]

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The Best Room To Book at The Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn

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  Site Where: 80 Wythe Avenue [map], Brooklyn, New York, United States, 11249
August 14, 2014 at 5:53 PM | by | ()

Yesterday, we told you where to get the most killer view of Manhattan that's not actually in Manhattan at The Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn. Today, we're showing you more of the The Best Room to Book, which is Room 702, a Manhattan View King room.

In truth, all Manhattan Views at the Wythe will give you a view of the city but the rooms above the 6th floor rooftop bar are slightly bigger and have more windows from which to admire the view.

Other notable amenities in the Wythe rooms:

· All natural and locally made Goldie's Soap products are in the bathroom.
· The locally curated minibar has not only a bottle of Tito's vodka in the freezer and a $100 bottle of Kings County bourbon on the top shelf but also La Quercia prosciutto and Plymouth Cheddar in the refrigerator.
· The Wythe toile wallpaper which we love so much.
· A Wythe Hotel tote which you can use during your stay or buy for $20.
· Heritage G2 radios that look straight out of the 1960s but which actually have an iPod/iPhone hook up.
· Radiant floor heating, in case you were worried about the lack of an area rug.
· Free WiFi

Check out all the photos of our room below!

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A Killer View of Manhattan That You Can't Get in Manhattan (But You Can at The Wythe Hotel)

August 13, 2014 at 3:27 PM | by | ()

Really, we don't need to say much more here except that this is the killer view that we found in room 702 at The Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn the other day.

While other rooms at the Williamsburg hotel have more "artistic views", only the Manhattan King rooms offer the amazing sight of the entire island of Manhattan.

Even better, the bathrooms have a little window too which overlooks the rest of the room, and the room's windows. You have to jostle yourself a little to see the Empire State Building but it's a cool feature. You'll probably end up in the shower longer than normal, too.

Don't worry. While you can see out into the room, the people in the room can't see into your shower, thanks to a mirror window.

Manhattan king rooms can go for well over $500 a night on the weekends (Williamsburg residents joke this hotel is where all the parents of the broke hipsters stay) but you can book a Brooklyn Queen size room for less and then head up to the hotel's Ides rooftop bar for completely unobstructed views.

Stay tuned tomorrow for more from The Wythe including their kick-ass minibar selections and the best room to book.

Disclosure: We paid a media rate of $200 for this room on Sunday night.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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McCarren Hotel & Pool in Brooklyn Has a New Look (And New Poolside Passes)

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  Site Where: 160 North 12th Street [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11249
July 15, 2014 at 1:00 PM | by | ()

Views of the Manhattan skyline from the new rooftop lounge, Sheltering Sky, are truly incredible - and your hair style remains relatively intact

Only a couple months into the launch of Chelsea Hotels, a family of five New York hotels, things are moving along swimmingly for the Brooklyn resident, McCarren Hotel & Pool (formerly Hotel Williamsburg.) The hotel wraps up its latest renovations and unwraps a new lobby, revamped rooftop lounge, and plenty of outdoor summer fun.

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HotelChatter Must-Stay Hotels for Summer 2014: Brooklyn, New York

June 30, 2014 at 6:41 PM | by | ()

Introducing our newest hotel guide--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city, starting with New York. This is also a seasonal guide so the options may change depending on when you're going. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.

Looking for a hotel in New York City? You can troll online review sites, crowdsource on Facebook and comb through endless “Best Hotels” lists but why do all that when we’ve done all the work for you already?

Here are four different hotels to try when you head to the hipper and chiller outer borough of Brooklyn. So whether you’re going for pleasure or work and whether you’ve got cash to throw around or have pennies to count, these hotels will fulfill your needs. One common thread running through these hotel picks? They have all free WiFi. So during your stay, you can write us a thank you email for the recommendation.

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Downtown Brooklyn Getting an Uptown Kind of Hotel

Where: 252 Schermerhorn [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11217
June 11, 2014 at 8:32 AM | by | ()

They paved a parking lot and put up paradise?

The developers behind The Beekman Hotel in lower Manhattan are now looking across the Brooklyn Bridge for their newest hotel project.

GFI Development Company and GB Lodging have partnered up with Spruce Capital Partners and Alex Rovt to create a lifestyle hotel at 252 Schermerhorn Street in downtown Brooklyn. The hotel will rise out of an 18,000-sq.ft. corner parcel which is currently home to an open-air parking lot.

There's not much else to go on here except that the hotel's central location between the Boerum Hill, Carol Gardens and Fort Greene neighborhoods will make it easy for future guests to get around the BK.

But we hope the developers don't take the same naming tactic as they did with The Beekman as this Brooklyn address doesn't quite roll off the tongue. Picture it: "Hey man, where you staying tonight?" "Um, the Shermanator, Sherman-horn, Shamer horn? Here, let me pull it up on my phone."

[Photo via ParkMe]

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Even Hotels Is Bringing Their Health-Conscious Brand to Brooklyn

December 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM | by | ()

We're still anxiously awaiting the opening of the very first Even Hotel from IHG, which is supposed to be a health-conscious and wellness hotel brand, but while we sit here jittering, Even has announced plans for yet another new hotel in NYC--Brooklyn, actually.

The downtown Brooklyn Even Hotels property will be located at the intersection of Nevins and Schermerhorn Streets, just four blocks from the Barclays Center. Word is construction has already begun on the hotel and when it opens in mid-2015 it will feature 204 guest rooms on 13 floors and all the hallmarks of an Even Hotel, which include adaptable public workspaces; an open-style Market and Bar; an Even Hotels Athletic Studio; flex space for small group fitness classes; guest rooms featuring the Even Hotels In-Room Training Zone and more.

Remember, this brand is all about helping travelers stay in the health and fitness zone while they are traveling, so if you're looking for greasy burgers topped with chili cheese fries to be washed down with soda, you'll have to set out from the hotel to find it.

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The Williamsburg Hotel Scene Keeps Growing

Where: 280 Meeker Avenue [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11211
November 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM | by | ()

Less than a month since we heard news of a new boutique hotel opening in Bushwick, we hear that another new hotel is in the works for the Bushwick/Williamsburg border. We get the feeling there's lots more to come.

The latest development is a 100-room hotel at 280 Meeker Avenue and 646 Lorimer Street, which will also feature an indoor/outdoor food and beverage space, ground floor retail, and a 10-unit residential building.

The site is three blocks from the Lorimer stop on the L train, and less than a mile from other hotel developments at 175 Broadway (next to the historic Williamsburgh Savings Bank) and 93 Wythe Avenue, which we think might be a Hoxton Hotel. Our friends at Curbed also recently reported news of a 14-stroy hotel hybrid coming to 500 Metropolitan Avenue, which is just a five-minute walk, or 2-minute fixie bike ride, away.

[Photo: Google Street View]

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Brooklyn's Bushwick is Getting a Boutique Hotel

Where: 19 Bogart Street [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11206
October 29, 2013 at 2:02 PM | by | ()

While there is an indie band named The Bushwick Hotel and a soon to reopen Bushwick community arts center called Market Hotel, there's not a whole lot of actual hotels in the rapidly gentrifying Bushwick area in Brooklyn. Inevitably, that's set to change.

Last week Madison Realty Capital announced the closure of a loan to finance a 23,719 square-foot, 60-room boutique hotel at 19 Bogart Street in Bushwick. Plans for the property also include four commercial units for ground-floor retail opportunities.

Joshua Zegen, Co-Founder and Managing Member of MRC, made the announcement saying:

"Bushwick is today what Williamsburg was 10 years ago – a destination for New York's creative class that continues to increase in popularity ... Given the limited competition we expect the project to succeed."

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The Holiday Inn Grows in Brooklyn

Where: 300 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY
October 21, 2013 at 11:33 AM | by | ()

InterContinental Hotels Group have just announced they are continuing their expansion into downtown Brooklyn, with the development of a new Holiday Inn at Nevins Street Station, just a few minutes walk from the recently (officially) open, Hotel Indigo Brooklyn, and close to the Barclay's Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The hotel, owned by K.K. Mehta and his son Sanjeev Mehta, broke ground last week and construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2014, with an anticipated opening in early 2015.The hotel will have 246 rooms spread over 15 floors with more than 3,000 square feet of meeting space, and (in keeping with the brand's relaunch) what the company describes as "an emphasis on arrival and welcome services, guestroom and guest bath comfort, and a redesigned logo and signage.

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Could We Be Getting a Hoxton Hotel in New York at Last?

Where: 93-97 Wythe Avenue [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States
September 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM | by | ()

It's been more than a year since investment firm, Ennismore Capital acquired London's hip and budget-friendly Hoxton Hotel, and just about as long since they starting dropping hints about global expansion and we began speculating as to when they would arrive in U.S.

We told you last month about the future Hoxton Amsterdam and now we have fairly good reason to believe there will be another Hoxton Hotel in the works -- in Williamsburg.

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