Need a hip hotel to check into during your next trip to New York? Then skip Manhattan and head to Hotel Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s first luxury boutique hotel — complete with a rooftop bar (the Watering Tower) and chic cabanas at the poolside club.
Throughout the 64-room property are odes to Brooklyn, including a Brooklyn Brewery signature beer and Brooklyn Industries–designed staff uniforms. Quirky amenities like Crosley record players in each room (borrow vinyl at no cost), along with leather lounge chairs and ottomans, as well as coffee that’s delivered inside retro-green Stanley thermoses, only add to the chill Brooklyn ambience. Chef Andrés Julian Grundy directs locally sourced ingredients into modern dishes at Pillar & Plough Restaurant, while classic cocktails by Toby Maloney of Alchemy Consulting (and head mixologist at the Violet Hour in Chicago) help erase winter blahs when sipped alongside the fireplace in the lobby bar. From $295, www.hwbrooklyn.com