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OVERVIEW

A great place to stay in Brooklyn's hip neighbourhood of Williamsburg, with Manhattan and the main sights not far away. Once a factory, the industrial feel is retained in the great design. The hotel's hip factor is boosted by buzzing restaurant/bar areas and a terrace boasting great skyline views.


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Ben West
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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

The hotel is located on a quiet road in the heart of Williamsburg, a hip neighbourhood of Brooklyn. Some gentrification has been going on - there are two other trendy hotels just down the street, and Bedford Avenue, with its numerous shops, bars and clubs, is just a couple of blocks away. The L Train station is on the Avenue, whisking you to Manhattan in a few minutes. There are lots of bars, cafés and restaurants to choose from in the locality, such as the Italian restaurant Lilia and gastropub The Bedford.

By plane: flights to New York take 6 hours 50 mins from London and Edinburgh, and 7 hours 10 mins from Manchester. The hotel is a 25-minute taxi ride from JFK airport. Book trains to New York.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

This eight-storey hotel used to be a cooperage dating from 1901 and great care has been taken to retain that industrial feel, with polished concrete floors, cast-iron columns, reclaimed pine, metalled windows and plenty of exposed brick. Carefully chosen art by local artists adorns rooms.

THE FACILITIES

The Wythe doesn't have as full a set of facilities that many hotels have - there's no room service, fitness room or spa, for example - but it easily makes up for this with its swish décor and cool ambience. The service is friendly and efficient. As well as a restaurant and bar/restaurant, there's a roof terrace.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

As the building used to be a factory and is not a purpose-built hotel, the rooms vary in size and shape but are generous compared to many in the city. They are generally 13ft high, and there are concrete floors and many floor-to-ceiling windows to enhance the views and natural light.

Room types: Bunk Bed, Studio Queen, Brooklyn Queen, Brooklyn King, Manhattan View King, North 7th Loft, South 7th Loft, North 8th Loft, Penthouse Loft

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, free toiletries, bathrobe, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Both of the eateries - Le Crocodile Restaurant on the ground floor, and The Blondeau Bar on the sixth floor - are really popular and have a great atmosphere. The latter has great views of Manhattan and is a good balance between a bar and a restaurant, having a smallish but adequate menu. There's a great choice of music played here. Le Crocodile has a bigger choice of dishes that won't disappoint.

Le Crocodile: French cuisine. Open daily for dinner, Mon-Fri for lunch and Sat & Sun for brunch. Mains from $22.

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