The Williamsburg Hotel, Brooklyn
My trip to New York feels like a million years ago, so I think I know what that means... a return must surely be on the cards soon. Right?
Visiting New York will never go out of favour in my books, I've done it countless times already and I'll happily keep going back for more. Like London, there's something new to do and see each time you go and no matter how long I visit for, it never seems enough. But on this last trip, I did something I've never done before - I left Manhattan and made Brooklyn my home for a few nights. And do you know what? I absolutely loved it.
For those planning a visit to the Big Apple, I urge you to carve out a day exploring over the bridge at the very least. My recommendation would be mix up a few nights staying in Manhattan and Brooklyn so you get the best of both worlds. For Manhattan, there's the likes of Crosby Street Hotel and The Whitby which are worth checking out (both insanely beautiful and impeccable hotels from the Firmdale group) and for Brooklyn, well, I have just the place...
Located on Wythe Avenue, The Williamsburg Hotel is a newcomer on the Brooklyn block. So new in fact that when I stayed back in May, they were still working away on some parts of the hotel. Whilst it seems there's plenty still to be done on the hotel, it still got a big thumbs up from me and once everything is fully operational, I guarantee it's going to an awesome addition to Brooklyn. Here's why:
- The complimentary tuk tuk just casually hanging out front, ready to take guests from the hotel to local destinations/nearest subway.
- Inside, you're greeted with views overlooking the main bar looking all gorgeous with exposed brick walls, velvet seating and a copper bar taking centre stage.
- The staff are super lovely and very accommodating - armed with plenty of knowledge on the local area.
- It's close to Bedford Ave which is the nearest and easiest subway stop to reach Manhattan.
- Once it's complete, there's going to be one helluva rooftop to visit. With a 40ft pool and bar within the water tower, I think this means I have to come back for when it opens... (there's whispers of it being spring 2018)
I stayed in the beautiful Queen Terrace room. Complete with a cloud-like Queen bed, floor-to-ceiling windows with amazing views overlooking both Manhattan and Brooklyn, a well stocked mini-bar, the most dreamy bathroom ever and its very own private balcony, it was probably one of the best hotel rooms I've ever stayed in. Just take a look at the photos and try tell me otherwise? I fell for it all. Whilst it wasn't the most spacious room I've ever stayed in, they used the space well and thanks to the windows and balcony, it felt like there was more than enough space to live in for the few days I was visiting. My favourite moment of the stay was definitely waking up at the crack of dawn (thanks to being stuck on London time) each day to watch the sunrise on the terrace whilst the rest of Brooklyn was still sleeping soundly. It makes me smile just thinking about it again.
What was once a neighbourhood of industry is now a thriving hub for creatives. If I had to liken Brooklyn to anywhere in London, I would say Shoreditch. Yep, there's plenty of hipster beards, indie coffee shops and cool street art to catch your attention and that's not a bad thing. But what Brooklyn has over Shoreditch is that it feels really, truly cool. Authentically so. There are great restaurants, bars, boutique shops and hotels popping up that give me the impression that things are going to move fast in Brooklyn and we haven't seen the best of it yet. I'll be covering the best places I visited in another post soon - so stay tuned for that, because you'll definitely want to know about them!
Thank you to The Williamsburg Hotel for my complimentary stay. All opinions were my own and I would happily return again!
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96 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249