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Williamsburg's newest hotel is now open

The eight-story Williamsburg Hotel has 150 rooms

Courtesy of the Williamsburg Hotel

For the past couple of years, the Williamsburg Hotel has been largely in the news for its planned water tower bar and the tuk-tuk service it will offer guests staying at the swanky venue. Today, that eight-story hotel, located at intersection of North 10th Street and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg finally welcomed its first guests.

Annie Schlechter

Developed by Heritage Equity Partners (the same folks who are developing the neighborhood’s first ground up office building in decades) this very Williamsburg-hotel (industrial design, distressed finishes et al) comes with a total of 150 rooms. All of them come with floor-to-ceiling windows, and open-windowed showers. Some are done up with whitewashed timber walls, and others come fitted with bespoke leather, marble, and brass.

Rates at this Michaelis Boyd Studio-designed hotel range from just under $300/night and go up to $600/night.

For now, only the hotel’s guest rooms and the lobby bar are open. A cascading set of stairs from the entrance leads you to said bar, where street artist Eric Rieger “has strung thousands of strands of multi-colored yarn which crowns the bar.” The wallpaper in the lobby area was crafted by Beastie Boy Mike D and depicts “quintessential Brooklyn scenes and figures,” like Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and The Notorious B.I.G.

Annie Schlechter

“Our goal was to create a hotel that embodies Williamsburg,” Toby Moskovits, the CEO of Heritage Equity Partners, said in a statement. “I grew up here and Brooklyn is in my DNA, so it was important to construct a hotel not only for guests, but also for the neighborhood.”

Next month, Chef Adam Leonti will open his grains and vegetables-focused restaurant, Harvey, which Eater NY called one of the most anticipated restaurants in the city last year. It won’t be until later this year however when one of the hotel’s most talked-about features opens its doors—the water tower bar, which pays tribute to area’s historic wooden water tower factory. It’s one of three other bars that will open at the hotel at that time. Others are a private bar for hotel guests and a subterranean lounge.

The opening of the Williamsburg Hotel follows close on the heels of another flashy hotel opening in the neighborhood, the William Vale, which welcomed its first guests towards the end of last year.