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5 Steps Around The Lobby At The Wythe Hotel

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  Site Where: 80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11249
May 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM | by | ()

It's pretty clear when you walk into the lobby at the new Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn just what kind of crowd they're aiming for: hip, bespectacled twenty-somethings mix with hip, older artsy folk, all of whom are mainly interested in one thing: hanging out in the bright, funky space of the brick-walled lobby, which reminds us of a cleaner, less cluttered Ace.

Which isn't to say the lobby is even that sprawling; it's just that the ceilings are ridiculously high (also, kind of like the Ace). This is also the case in the rooms, which opened for business last week with starting rates of $170/night. Not bad. And whether the people we spotted recently were legitimate guests, or just hangers-on admiring the cool space, everyone seemed to be pretty at ease in the hotel.

Here's a look at some of our favorite features in the lobby...

While the doorway itself is plain and unassuming, it's also got that raw, functional aesthetic that permeates the interior of the lobby. Once you step inside, you're greeted by a long hallway to the left that leads to a sparse, white check-in desk. Along the way, a long wooden bench sits low to the ground, squarely in front of a very cool vintage-looking framed map print. Around the bench are small, round wooden stumps, also for sitting.

Looking up, you see the reclaimed wood beams and industrial skinny pole light fixtures, which, added to all the brick, give off a slightly art museum-y look.

Reynards is certainly one of the hotel's big attractions, having been opened by Andrew Tarlow, who masterminded Marlow & Sons and Diner, two other hot Brooklyn eateries nearby. The restaurant is located off to the right when you first walk in, so the lobby and dining area can be kept separate, while remaining completely inter-connected. The mosaic floors, dark, simple wooden tables and chairs, and long marble bar here are all part of the Wythe "look."

Finally, a few key art pieces help complete the lobby. First, there's the map print on show in the center of the lobby (as mentioned above), and added to that is a Lichtenstein-inspired print of two women kissing, located directly across from the elevators.

For now, the lobby is still a bit of a work in progress, as we also spotted a library nook, whose walls are lined with dozens of small flap-door book cases. Yet the cases remain empty, and the couch across from them looks a little lonely and out of place. We'll give it some time. Until then, we look forward to the hotel opening its sixth-floor outdoor terrace later in the month.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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