Williamsburg is the unofficial epicenter of Brooklyn history and counterculture, and its hotels reflect the neighborhood’s unique charms. Guests can find a mix of the industrial and modern at the best hotels in Williamsburg, which range from a converted factory to a luxury hotel with world-class amenities.
McCarren Hotel & Pool
McCarren Hotel & Pool | Courtesy of McCarren Hotel & Pool / Hotels.com
North Williamsburg’s McCarren Hotel & Pool attracts as many locals as it does travelers. The lifestyle hotel’s social spaces, which include a year-round rooftop deck featuring one of New York’s biggest heated pools, make the spot’s 64 rooms and suites an afterthought for guests. Luckily, amenities such as views of McCarren Park and glass-enclosed rain showers don’t disappoint.
A pillar of the Williamsburg skyline, this 22-floor hotel is home to Westlight, one of the neighborhood’s hottest rooftop bars, the city’s largest outdoor pool, and a restaurant set in an Airstream trailer. Throw in complimentary programming, including film screenings and curated markets, and The William Vale defines luxury with a Brooklyn twist.
As one of the neighborhood’s more affordable stays, Pod BK is all about saving money and space. The chain’s signature rooms, made compact by bunk beds and small yet functional desks, are ideal for budget travelers who value efficiency. If claustrophobia sets in, guests can escape to the hotel’s four rooftops and various green courtyards.
With the motto “Arrive as strangers. Leave as friends,” Urban Cowboy delivers Southern hospitality to Brooklyn. (Its only other location is in Nashville, Tennessee.) Each room boasts its own “distinct personality,” which shines in its urban rustic aesthetic, complete with oversized dreamcatchers, worn wooden floors, and Southwest décor. Tip: Would-be guests will have to apply to experience the B&B’s antler chandeliers, animal skulls, and wooden walls for themselves.
Wythe Hotel bills itself as “the original Brooklyn hotel,” even though it’s technically only six years old. It lies within a 117-year-old factory building that has been converted into a 70-room hotel and sits on Williamsburg’s historic waterfront. Modern updates include heated concrete floors and cell phone-controlled surround sound in every room.
For business travelers looking to work and play hard, there’s the Condor Hotel. Here, practical amenities include free continental breakfast and in-room kitchenettes, plus access to “modern Brooklyn meeting rooms” for a fee. Once they’ve clocked out, guests can experience one of the city’s liveliest neighborhoods just outside their door.
At The Williamsburg Hotel, enjoy amenities such complimentary chauffeur-driven tuk-tuk rides and “Brooklyn High Tea” service on weekends. Other offerings that guests (and their Instagram followers) might love are hotel-organized “dog park play dates” and all-day bike rentals. A stylish space featuring plenty of exposed brick and locally made toiletries complete the experience.