The most densely populated of New York’s five boroughs, Brooklyn is the place to be when visiting the city that never sleeps. Enjoying a renaissance in the last few decades Brooklyn is filled with the chicest places to eat, drink and sleep and one of the newest additions to the borough’s line up is The Williamsburg Hotel in the increasingly sought-after Williamsburg neighborhood.
Open for bookings from 1st December 2016, The Williamsburg Hotel offers all of the delights of the eclectic borough on its doorstep with the hotel itself a design conscious haven of luxury with an industrial edge. London-based Michaelis Boyd Studio (the creators of Babington House, UK & Soho House, Berlin) was tasked with the design of the 150 room & suite project and called upon the Williamsburg neighborhood’s industrial heritage as the core inspiration.
Eight storeys high, the Williamsburg Hotel has been encased in brick, glass and Corten steel making it an instant focal point for the area. Described as an industrial façade with a creative underbelly, the severe exterior leads guests into the expansive double-height lobby at the heart of the hotel. From the lobby guests can discover the Williamsburg’s signature Harvey restaurant with its grand oval bar and vividly hued yarn installation created from thousands of strands.
Nightlife and entertainment is at the forefront of the hotel with a large selection of bars, restaurants and entertaining spaces opening in 2016 and early 2017. Brooklyn’s newest after-dark nerve center, the hotel will offer three distinctive bars including a subterranean lounge, a replica water tower bar in memory of Williamsburg’s now closed wooden water tower factory and a private bar exclusively for guests. The Roof will also open in spring 2017 which will offer some of the best views of the city with a rooftop pool, bar and café. Also within the hotel’s walls will sit the neighborhood’s first grand ballroom with 30ft high ceilings to house up to 400 guests, the perfect space for galas, parties and weddings.
Top chef Adam Leonti, is the man behind the impressive Harvey restaurant which will feature a grain and vegetable filled menu inspired by Adam’s successful Williamsburg pop-up The Brooklyn Bread Lab. A precursor to the hotel opening, the Brooklyn Bread Lab is a test kitchen, classroom and milling facility striving to challenge the way we think of bread and on weekends they open their doors to the public selling their freshly milled flour, pasta and bread creations. Visitors to the Harvey restaurant will too be able to sample the Brooklyn Bread Lab’s popular produce along with a daily selection of local meat and fish to continue with the agricultural story established at the pop-up.
After a busy day exploring the city and the neighborhood, guests can retire to one of the hotel’s magnificent rooms each of which will include floor to ceiling windows framing views of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the East River. Michaelis Boyd Studio have decorated the spaces with a distinctly industrial edge and the design schemes will vary from white-washed timber walls to deep grey distressed finishes with the subtle addition of bold color and metallic touches to bring the design to life.
The perfect spot from which to explore New York at Christmas time, you can now book stays at The Williamsburg Hotel for visits from Thursday 1 December 2016 onwards and the hotel’s full selection of restaurants, amenities and bars will be open from early next year.