THere are really only two recommended hotels seving Williamsburg (so far) and I've stayed in both. First there's the Wythe Hotel (see my other Trip Advisor review!)
The King and Grove was also an original pioneer and arrived under the name of the "Williamsburg Hotel". I stayed there several years ago and now returned just recently. Since then, this hotel has joined a small chain called the King and Grove Hotels, and the inside scoop is they are about to build another, larger (300 rooms) nearby, but it will not be available for several years.
As for this hotel, it is currently a no-frills small, boutique hotel with few amenities. Two years ago they boasted a new restaurant... and as recently as March, 2013 they are still talking... but not delivering. The standard rooms are quite small, but spotlessly clean and modern. "Breakfast" is included, but consists of pastries, juice, and coffee from a hot pot. They add hard-boiled eggs and a muesli cereal, but it's a modest effort, displayed on the small bar, combined with the reception desk.
The good news is the rooms are often lower priced than their competition at the Wythe; so, for a secure, clean sleeping room it might be all you need. The beds are first-class and the linens are excellent. And the location is terrific. It's one block off Bedford Avenue, the main drag through (classic) Williamsburg with lots of little shops, eateries, "third-wave" coffee shops and boutiques.
The staff is first rate and provide great service, concierge advice, private cars and taxis, and directions. In contrast to the hipsters at the action of the Wythe, this is a perfectly acceptable and quiet urban retreat and a relative value for Williamsburg.
Once they actually do complete the restaurant it it will be all the better, especially during winter months for those that want to eat in. But the proximity to the excitement of Williamsburg's new wave, combined with their location, value and courteous your staff make this choice quite acceptable, and for some a calm and better choice.
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