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Love this Place! Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Hotel_wythe_williamsburg_brooklynWe fell in love with the Wythe Hotel immediately. For me, it has the key ingredient that makes a hotel great: reflecting the local culture. (Sounds simple, but so few do.) For Scott, it’s location in Brooklyn, N.Y., on the Williamsburg waterfront within walking distance to a zillion cool spots and it’s rad rooftop bar might have sealed the deal.

The rustic-modern design, artisanal amenities, market-driven food and general low-key-ness all help to capture the spirit of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where everyone is keeping it real with facial hair, high-waisted jeans and a general feeling that what’s organic, reclaimed, vintage, locally-sourced is more authentic and, currently, very hip. And really, I think they’re right.

The 72-room Wythe Hotel is housed in a former textile factory (reclaimed!) with a lot of great original details intact like pine beams and cast-iron columns (authentic!). The furniture is all crafted by local artisans (locally-sourced!). The restaurant, Reynard’s, is run by local foodie-God Andrew Tarlow, the man behind Diner and Marlow & Sons, hugely popular spots that set the bar for the whole farm-to-table craze in Brooklyn and beyond. The building is set on the East River with absolutely insane views of Manhattan. (More on the rooftop bar soon!) And to top it all off: Its rooms start at a reasonable $179. Did I mention that we loved it?

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Here are some shots of our beautifully minimal room.

One wall of wallpaper, two brown-leather nailhead chairs, a white duvet, marble-topped coffee table, cement floors (with radiant heating) and a dramatic wall of windows with a view of Manhattan in the foggy distance.

The mural outside our window, old waterfront factories in the foreground and Manhattan in the distance.

Here I am next to the sliding barnlike door to the bathroom, a smart small-space solution. You can’t tell here but it’s painted that great, dark-grayish-blue color that I’m really digging right now.

I loved the mini subway tiles on the walls, patterned, slate-gray floor tiles and Turkish towels in the bathroom. A couple of marble details gave it just enough “luxe.” And the bath products are eco-friendly, made by Goldies in Rockaway, N.Y.

This was our favorite part: The window in the shower was a two-way mirror so you have a view while you showered but people in the room can’t see into the shower. Who doesn’t love a two-way mirror, so James Bond!

Here’s the other side of that window/mirror. The rope detail on the bed made by Dave Hollier Woodwork and Design with reclaimed(!) ceiling timbers was a nice nod to the waterfront and I love the mint accent color on the table.

The 13-foot ceilings with original wood exposed, and of course, the omnipresent Edison light bulb fixture.

The wallpapers were custom made by Dan Funderburgh & Flavor Paper.

Here’s the lobby restaurant, Reynard’s, with Scott ordering a much-needed coffee (below).


Brooklyn hotelAnd here’s the exterior where you can see the original 5-story warehouse and it’s 3-story, glass-and-aluminum addition, meant to complement the original factory windows. With all its low-slung neighbors, you can see why the views are so good.

We can’t wait to go back. What do you think?

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