Photo courtesy of The William Vale
The William Vale
It’s hard not to feel hip upon entering this Williamsburg hotel. Credit those insta-cool vibes to the always abuzz rooftop hangout Westlight, or to Leuca, where food-loving socialites flock for a taste of the Italian plates that chef Andrew Carmellini does best (think bucatini Calabrese with clams and oregano or monkfish piccata with Romanesco and caperberries). And then, there’s the property’s partnership with the Brooklyn Arts Council — a relationship resulting in hundreds of locally designed works throughout the rooms and common spaces. That artwork greets guests as they walk into any one of the 183 rooms — as do luxe linens by Frette, floor-to-ceiling windows, and wraparound balconies with stellar views of the Manhattan skyline. Once settled in, it’s straightaway to the pool, a 60-foot stretch of water surrounded by a collection of daybeds and cabanas. For a private hot tub, it’s all about the Vale Garden Residence, a two-story suite complete with a fully furnished patio, open-air Jacuzzi, and its own covetable city vistas.
By Nicole Schnitzler, AFAR Local Expert
A modern-industrial hotel with killer views.
By Aislyn Greene, AFAR Staff
This all-balcony hotel in Williamsburg is full of gorgeous art & contemporary design. With two restaurants by Andrew Carmellini, the Italian Leuca and the the diner-style Mister Dips, it's a great food destination for visitors and New Yorkers alike. Rooftop bar Westlight offers great views of the city if you can avoid the crowds, and their pool is open to the public (great for summertime staycations). Great addition to the neighborhood.