A five-year restoration and renovation project transformed a factory on the Williamsburg waterfront, originally built in 1901, into the stylish but laid-back Wythe Hotel. This property has a distinct Brooklyn stamp, from the Brooklyn-made wallpaper to the Brooklyn-sourced minibar. The little details here stand out, including concrete floors with under-floor heating and the use of reclaimed wood (from the former factory) in the ceilings. The spacious lofts are particularly noteworthy for their floor-to-ceiling views of the Manhattan skyline and standalone pedestal tubs. Visitors and New Yorkers mingle over cocktails on the rooftop bar and at breakfast meetings in the casual restaurant from the man behind Brooklyn dining institutions Marlow & Sons and Diner.
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The Wythe hotel is in the heart of North Williamsburg. Both the Brooklyn Brewery and the concert venue/bowling alley Brooklyn Bowl are within a block's walk. The main artery of Williamsburg, Bedford Avenue, is a short stroll away; this strip is home to some of the neighborhood's best dining options, including Maison Premiere. The Bedford Avenue L stop, with access into Manhattan, is about a 10-minute walk from the front door. Beyond Williamsburg, guests could also easily explore neighboring Greenpoint. In season, Smorgasburg (Brooklyn Flea's food market) is nearby along the East River.
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Rooms: From $300. 70 rooms, 4 suites. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options:On the ground floor, Reynard serves market-driven American fare such as a grass-fed burger with caramelized onions and Gruyère, in an airy space with exposed brick walls, wood tables, and glowing globe light fixtures. The Ides Bar is a rooftop bar with indoor seating and an outdoor terrace that features small plates and drinks with views of the Manhattan skyline. Spa and gym details:There is no spa or gym on-site, but the Wythe does provide free passes to a gym that is a seven-minute walk away.
Who's it for: Laid-back travelers looking for local food, drink, and design. Our favorite rooms:Manhattan view rooms overlook the Manhattan skyline, with striking views both by day and night. The North 8th Loft has an interior staircase leading to a private 500-square-foot terrace. For frugal travelers:The Wythe has an option for travelers on a budget: a bunk room. These comfy rooms have a pair of twin bunk beds, each with its own small, flat-screen TV.