Brooklyn’s Coolest New Hotels (Part 2)

Our ‘Part 1’ of Brooklyn’s Coolest New Hotels had everything to do with the exquisite McCarren Hotel & Swimming Pool, Hilton Brooklyn and Williamsburg Hotel. But here are another three that we love.

The William Vale

Placing itself completely brand-spanking new resort-inspired hotel, it makes a tribute to Williamsburg’s past. The monstrous 22-story, 183-room William Vale has engulfed their visitors and residents with various setups of art in the lobby and in the elevators, modern interior décor, and sweeping views of both Manhattan and Brooklyn through towering panes of glass. Oh, and “The Bachelor.” Not to mention a veranda for every room. They have avoided style trademarks like recovered wood and old-timey signs that yell “Brooklyn!” Up top, the hotel’s cocktail bar, Westlight, hosts both residents and visitors looking for breathtaking views and cocktails with names like the College Fund, made with three variations of tiki bitters, cream and root beer, and rum which are accompanied by kitchen prepared meals. On top of that, the hotel is a home of retail. Actor Dylan Sprouse of “The Suite Life with Zack & Cody”, now a master brewer, has revealed to be an occupant of this hotel. His mead-focused brewery, All-Wise Meadery, will produce pints and bottles this summer. No doubt celebrities of America’s sports teams would give up their basketball apparel and the famous Michael Jordon long basketball shorts trend for a night in this modern hotel.

Wythe Hotel

A previous cooperage that was integrated in 1901, the Wythe Hotel has retrofitted itself by its vintage-meets-modern style with picture hanging systems showing off world class art. It still has the building’s initial pine beams and factory windows but has incorporated of-the-moment accoutrements, consisting of framed modern-day art in the lobby and environmentally friendly toiletries by local supplier Goldie’s. The hotel’s 70 rooms bring the exact same commercial and yet pleasant ambiance, with beds made from recovered ceiling woods, radiant-heat concrete floor coverings, and, in the premium rooms, picture-perfect views of Manhattan. Contributing to the ‘retro-modern’ aspect is the hotel’s newest project, a live-streaming pop-up radio lounge in the lobby that hosts various conversations with authors, activists, designer, artists and other creative types. When it’s not a recording studio, the lobby operates as a sitting room-cum-library or retail store.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

A sage true blessing event began the opening of the luxurious 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in mid-February, as the very first visitors signed in to the enormous warehouse-like area in Dumbo, right by the Brooklyn Bridge. The 10-story nature-focused hotel makes a lot of references to the location’s manufacturing heritage, the sea, and the bridge itself all over the property. There are the slim metal rods at the entryway’s grand staircase, meant as an ode to the bridge; the elevator’s rough wood slabs very much resemble a shipping container; and a showcase of wall hanging art such as the 6,000 pounds of rope-bound obsidian rocks in the lobby. In keeping with the 1 Hotels brand name’s environmentally friendly objective, the majority of the products used in the hotel’s interior design and architecture are either local or recovered, consisting of pine beams from the previous Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg. Standing next to the windows inside among the 194 rooms are marble, leather, wood, rope and live plant – the Brooklyn Bridge looks almost close enough to touch. Not to mention their restaurants’ cuisines, exquisite catering for functions and hotel menu, all of which would be sourced locally and of the highest quality from the best suppliers in the city.