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“The Cutting Edge in Williamsburg”
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Wythe Hotel
Ranked #17 of 71 Hotels in Brooklyn
Certificate of Excellence
Southern Caifornia
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38 reviews
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“The Cutting Edge in Williamsburg”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Wythe Hotel is a welcome newcomer to Williamsburg. The hotel was designed to incorporate elements of the Soho and Tribeca hotel motif, while still managing to remain true to Williamsburg's history and style.

The Wythe finds itself on the Williamsburg frontier. The hotel is surrounded by warehouses, empty lots and reminders of how recently the hipsters have slowly reclaimed this section of "New Brooklyn". The Wythe has brought style, culinary sophistication, and excitement borrowed from lower Manhattan's more trendy neighborhoods of the nineties, i.e, Meatpacking, Tribeca and even a dash of DUMBO just down the East River in Brooklyn.

The hotel converted an actual warehouse into an urban retreat with a clever renovation that incorporates the integrity of the classic original building, itself. There's an exciting rooftop bar replete with spectacular views of Manhattan's skyline, and a dining room that serves as a breakfast/cafe with all the coffee snobbery a Williamsburg hipster could wish for.

The staff are young, hip, attentive and earnest in living up to the expectations of new guests experiencing Williamsburg for the first time. The hotel is two blocks away from Bedford Avenue, the "main street" of this urban frontier. However, there is an obvious distinction (conflict) between the pioneers that settled this neighborhood in the last 15 years and the new corporate/speculator types looking to exploit the growing interest. Small shopkeepers and restaurant owners cast a wary eye at the new high-rises, a planned Whole Foods, and other signs of crowding-out.

Old and new! And The Wythe Hotel might just be the link between both. There are growing pains, of course. For example, noise surrounding the hotel is created by renovations, nightclubs and (in summer) gatherings of out-of-towners overflowing from the clubs at all hours, some just across the street from the hotel. The music from The Wythe's own roof-top bar is an issue for guest rooms near by. Suggestion: stay two floors away from the sixth floor. Ideal room with a great Manhattan view and low street noise? The eighth floor facing Manhattan, away from the hotel's street entrance.

In summary, the Wythe is clearly the top hotel in Williamsburg at the moment for location, design, technology, views and menu. Keep in mind that you will be in the heart of this dynamic new neighborhood. Any drawbacks are dwarfed by a sense of discovery as you witness the early stages of the next great urban oasis.

Room Tip: Eighth floor, Manhattan side away from the main entrance. 802?
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

A new landmark on the face of Brooklyn, the Wythe is a contemporary hotel with big claims and views to match - if you book a Manhattan view room.

However, there are a few gaps which suggest that it's not quite there yet, and definitely not for everyone.

The popular roof bar offers great views, and attracts the party-minded locals. As a result, expect loud music to be heard in many rooms until after 2am. The typical luxuries you might expect of a hotel of this quality, such as robes, room service, or in room entertainment like pay-per-view or DVD hire, are not available here.

The much touted "famous restaurant" offers a very limited menu in keeping with the very eclectic mini bar selection. Fortunately, if there's one area in which Williamsburg isn't found wanting, its eateries. There is an embarrassment of great breakfast selections outside, even if there isn't much of one inside the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

As other reviews have stated if you like noise this is the place for you! there is no name on the outside of the hotel-it just says "hotel". In fact our room (207)was right over the front door with the big "L" in hotel outside of our window. If you want a little quiet, pick a room on the river side of the hotel on the 3rd or 4th floor. The 6th floor has a bar (THE IDES) and a huge rooftop deck that makes a loud bass boom from 5PM until it closes. Also the properties across the street in both directions go all night with their competing noise. The closet in the room needs a light in it since all the lights in the room make it great for cats. Bathroom amenities are in pump bottles that you and every other previous guest has used. But you can buy them if you wish at $27 each for 12 oz of each bottle. The queen bed in this room was great and there is a safe and mini-fridge in the room. However it would be nice if the room was made up before 5:30 PM when we left a sign on the room to make it up when we left at 9AM (they say they clean the rooms up until 6PM) . On a positive side there is great food in the REYNARD RESTAURANT on the ground floor and the IDES bar and roofdeck has great views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The hotel has great air conditioning/heat in the room and the high old wood beam ceilings are impressive.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on the river side on 3rd or 4th floor to avoid the noise until 2AM.
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Boston, MA
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Wyeth is unassuming from the outside since it is a reclaimed brick faced old factory. The décor is definitely chic with brick walls presenting the old time feel as well. My room was on the 4th floor and had a great view of Manhattan; any lower than the 4th and your view will be obstructed by neighboring buildings. The room was fine but had polished concrete floors. For $400 per night, I thought carpeting would have worked a bit better. Though the windows opened, the city noise prevents any sleep. 5:00 am presenting me with a crying baby in an adjacent room so they could have sound proofed the walls a bit better. The roof top bar on the 6th floor is really nice overlooking the Manhattan skyline. All in all, it’s an upscale, clean, and jazzy hotel in a safe part of Brooklyn.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Dublin
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

I was looking for a hotel with the extra "wow factor" for the night of our engagement last Thursday, and we certainly found it at the Wythe Hotel! Our 7th story loft room was exquisite, jam packed with little details which I loved. The staff were delightful and shared in our big day as we were one of the Wythe family. Food and drink were excellent (as you'd expect from the owners). The rooftop bar being an obvious highlight with a unique view of the Manhattan skyline. We absolutely loved our stay at the Wythe and waking up to the view from our room is something I will never forget.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

We stayed in a Queen Bed room at the Wythe in early September. Room was perfect, plenty of space and with an amazing terrace. Pillows at the Wythe are incredible. Well located in Williamsburg. Only negative was the very stuck up girl on the desk at Reynard's, the restaurant. Staff otherwise friendly and helpful though. Would stay again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Everyone told me I was a Manhattan girl, that was until I discovered the WYTHE hotel in Brooklyn. I found a very stylish and flawless space that made me feel at home in what can be a very daunting city. The Wythe hotel is light, spacicous and only a $20 cab ride to midtown! Aside from what can be argued as the best views of NYC across the river, for me its all about the details at the Wythe. A minibar that is everything I would want including home made icecream, floor to ceiling windows (that open! GASP!!), the roof top bar for after work socialising, the divine REYNARDS to dine in downstairs, the old school in room telephone, the exposed wood beams, and my favorite space: a cinema in the basement of the hotel! Oh and did I mention how affordable this is? At this price I could live in NYC for two weeks a year and not even flinch! Lets discuss the feeling the hotel left me with. Every inch of the hotel has been thought about and you can sense this immediately. Its been built with love and designed with the hotel guest in mind. If you dont notice this from the moment you walk in then the Wythe is not for you, and it can be all the more for me. In a sentence: Everything good about NYC in Brooklyn. In a word: Mine (for two weeks every year).

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Property: Wythe Hotel
Address: 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249-1026
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Location: United States > New York > Brooklyn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 71 Hotels in Brooklyn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Wythe Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 72
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 
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