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.
- 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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