June 14, 2017
Hip, Hip Hotel: The Williamsburg Hotel Opens on Wythe Avenue and North 10th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn just got a little bit trendier and a little bit more relaxing. The Williamsburg Hotel came in with a cool new Lobby Bar, Jazz nights, and a decadent restaurant and more on the way.
by Nicole Haddad
Williamsburg just got a little trendier, and for those of us who live in the neighborhood, a little bit more relaxing. Heritage Equity Partners' The Williamsburg Hotel opened with phase one of it's cool-as-a-cucumber new eight-story, 150-room undertaking. Located at Wythe Avenue and North 10th Street, the hotel currently offers beautifully decorated guest rooms (most of which come with a balcony offering views of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and/or Queens) and a high-ceilinged yet cozy Lobby Bar that regularly transforms into a sensual jazz bar. Designed by Michaelis Boyd of Soho House Berlin and Babington House UK fame, the hotel references the neighborhood's industrial past with an expert use of brick, glass, and Corten steel. A dramatic staircase leads down into the bar where guests are greeted with a captivating installation by street artist Eric Rieger that consists of thousands of strands of multi-colored yarn.
The rooms, which also feature floor-to-ceilinged windows with the above mentioned views, offer various design themes including white-washed timber walls, grey distressed finishes accentuated with leather, materials such as brass and marble, and textured details for an industrial feel. Sitting tables double as trays for room service, and open windowed showers create an expansive, loft-like feel. Soon to come, the Harvey restaurant will make its debut with freshly milled grains for pastas, breads, and pastries and a daily selection of local meats and fish that guests can order for room service. A rooftop pool, a water tower bar, and the neighborhood's first grand ballroom will follow shortly thereafter. The latter features 30-foot-high ceilings and will accomodate up to 400 guests for events, galas, and weddings.
Toby Moskovits and Michael Lichtenstein of Heritage Equity Partners have family roots in the area and are determined to keep it welcoming while adding a bit of elegance to the area. The staff has custom uniforms designed by Ovadia & Sons, an in-house Tea Director leads a Brooklynized version of Afternoon Tea, and bath amenities are made by Apotheke—a small batch Brooklyn factory that handmakes its soap. To ease guests with weary feet, the hotel is offerings the first branded tuk tuk in the neighborhood—it will offer complimentary rides around town or to the nearest train stops. We also highly recommend the hotel's jazz nights in the Lobby Bar. Enjoy the bar's signature cocktails while Katherine Ella Wood—who earned boasting rights from Julliard—graces guests with her sultry voice every Wednesday from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Thursdays offer jam sessions from 9:00 p.m. through 12:00 a.m. And finally, Sundays are the perfect time to cozy up in the teal velvet banquettes for tea time between 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 as Katherine sings lighthearted jazz. The teas are curated by Stefen Ramirez of Tea Dealers and are paired with sweet and savory bites from the Brooklyn Bread Lab.
The Williamsburg Hotel, 96 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249.
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