I am very close to rating this with 5 points instead of four. The only reason why I don't is that service isn't up to standards with a four season hotel or the likes.
Located in an old brownstone building two blocks from the centre of williamsburg. Walking distance to The very hip restaurants in the area and a 5-10 minutes to bedford ave subway station, which goes all the way to 8th ave in manhatten in less than 10 minutes (approx 5 stops).
The reception area is very nicely done, with clean lines, but stylish materials and artwork. There is a restaurant on the ground level, which looks like a french bistro. And there is a beautiful cool bar at the roof with a fantatic view of manhatten.
I stayed in a queen room 314 which (especially compared to room sizes in manhatten) appeared massive. The rate was $189 and I thought for new york standards it was a bargain. The bed was very comfy, it had all amenities you need, a good sound system to plug your ipad in, concrete floors and a beautiful wooden beamed ceiling. There wasn't much of a view, but the graffitied wall opposite gave a feel of brooklyn.
The service tried to be friendly and helpful. They are all quite young, so this wasn't five star service, but I couldn't complain either. The only real problem was their taxi situation. They are taxis parked outside, but they don't give proper instructions on which car to take, so I nearly ended up getting into some tough lookIng hispano's vehicle that wasn't even a taxi. A slighlty scary situation for a woman travelling by her own.
All in all I would recommend the hotel to anyone who is younger than fifty and design orientated. I would still prefer to stay in manhatten for most of my time in new york, but would add one or two nights to experience brooklyn in style if you have time. But if you like lots of space on a lowish budget, then you could even use this as an alternative base to a hotel in manhatten. You definately get better value for money here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wythe Hotel is a historically industrial building, from 1901, that has been converted into a 72-room hotel on the Williamsburg, Brooklynwaterfront. All of the inherent character of the building has beenpreserved-its exposed brick, arched windows, cast iron columns, andpine ceilings. The leftover ceiling pine has been re-used whereverpossible: in the beds, desks, minibars and restaurant floor. All foodand beverage, including a restaurant, rooftop bar, and private diningroom, will be operated by Andrew Tarlow, of Diner, Marlow & Sons, andRoman's. We are 5 minutes east of Union Square off the Bedford L stop. ... more less