Deciding where to stay in Williamsburg is no easy feat, what with all the boutique lodging that has sprung up in the past decade. Each spot comes with its own perks: Cool bar with craft cocktails? Sunny rooftop pool? Stylish rooms you can Instagram from every angle? It’s likely these North Brooklyn hotels tick one—if not all—of your boxes.
A Complete Guide to Williamsburg Hotels
While it’s not the oldest hotel in the area—that distinction goes to Hotel Le Jolie—the Wythe is the one that travel industry pros considered a game changer when it opened in 2012. A former textile factory, it has the perfect blend of industrial-chic vibes and quintessential Brooklyn amenities—buzzy rooftop bar (The Ides), seasonally-driven farm-to-table restaurant (Reynard) and even a private cinema—that helped pave the way for the stylish spots that have cropped up in the ensuing years.
80 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn; wythehotel.com
In September 2018, The Hoxton joined Williamburg’s burgeoning hotel strip. It’s the British brand’s first stateside outpost (Portland, Oregon is getting one next), situated on the former site of the Rosenwach Water Tank Company. The stunning space is decked out in the design trends du jour, selected in combination by London-based firm Ennismore and Soho House: Think brass light fixtures, concrete ceilings and pastel-pink velvet chairs. The restaurateurs behind Five Leaves and Cafe Colette joined forces to oversee Hoxton’s three food venues: the all-day brasserie Klein’s, outdoor cocktail and snack lounge Backyard, plus seasonal rooftop Summerly.
97 Wythe Ave.; Brooklyn; thehoxton.com
The William Vale
The 21-story tower was designed by Aldo Lamberis and boasts the most postcard-worthy views of the Manhattan skyline, one that guests can take in on the balconies that come with each room. The best 360-degree vantage point, however, is found at Westlight, the year-round rooftop lounge from restaurateur Andrew Carmellini. The chef runs two other noteworthy establishments inside the hotel (not to mention the room service and poolside bites): a Southern Italian spot named Leuca and Mister Dips, a retrofitted Airstream that slings burgers and soft serve. Rounding out the William Vale’s impressive food options is Du’s, the artisanal doughnut shop from Wylie Dufresne.
111 N. 12th St., Brooklyn; thewilliamvale.com
Mccarren Hotel & Pool
Considered the neighborhood O.G., the McCarren still commands attention as an urban retreat. Its rooftop saltwater pool has a sprawling 4,800-square-foot deck, where swimmers and sun worshippers can lounge around on daybeds while sipping cocktails. During pool season, non-hotel guests can purchase day passes for access to the space and enjoy the bar and sunset happy hour.
160 N. 12th St., Brooklyn; mccarrenhotel.com
Following the success of its Manhattan property, the micro-hotel crossed the East River in 2017. Situated on the corner of Metropolitan and Driggs, Pod Brooklyn is the most affordable option in the neighborhood—with rates starting at $99 a night—thanks to its modular 100-square-foot rooms. But just because the space is small doesn’t mean it’s short on things to do: The sleek “pods” are peppered in between shared gardens and courtyards. Further playing up the campus feel is the spacious ground-floor hangout, Clinton Hall, where entertainment includes multiple flat-screen TVs, supersized Jenga and, of course, craft beers.
247 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn; thepodhotel.com
The Williamsburg Hotel
A tub overlooking the skyline (available in the suites) may be enough reason to book a stay at this handsome 150-room hotel. And that’s not the only Instagram-worthy feature. The pet-friendly rooms are outfitted with reclaimed-wood floors and wallpaper designed by Beastie Boy Mike Diamond, and come with Apotheke toiletries. In terms of food, guests can dine at the somewhat generically named Restaurant, a health-focused New American eatery with baked goods by Brooklyn Bread Lab, the seasonal Rooftop & Pool and soon-to-open Water Tower bar.
96 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn; thewilliamsburghotel.com
Hotel Le Jolie
When Hotel Le Jolie made its debut in 2007, there was little going on near its BQE-adjacent location. Fast-forward to a decade later and the European-inspired establishment is now a stone’s throw from some of the area’s hottest restaurants, including James Beard Award winner Missy Robbins’s Lilia and stylish Peruvian restaurant Llama Inn. Each stay includes a complimentary continental breakfast, but with so much to eat in the area, we wouldn’t be surprised if it goes unused.
235 Meeker Ave., Brooklyn; hotellejolie.com
True to its name, the Urban Cowboy it teeming with Wild West accents. (Though, true to Williamsburg’s creative reputation, it’s done up in a way that’s more tasteful than tacky.) With just two rooms—plus an annex dubbed the Treehouse—this cozy townhouse-turned-B&B offers a more communal experience than the typical hotel, thanks to shared amenities like a kitchen and hot tub.
111 Powers St., Brooklyn; urbancowboy.com