A chic boutique hangout in a lesser-visited New York district, still within easy reach of the glitz and glamour.
The William Vale is in the up-and-coming Williamsburg neighbourhood, set just back from the waterfront and a 5-minute walk from the East River State Park. Brooklyn has more of a laid-back residential vibe than New York’s tourist spots and people tend to commute to the city from here, leaving Williamsburg’s street art corners and brown-stone architecture free to explore without the crowds. The hotel is near the Brooklyn Brewery and seasonal outdoor concerts and food markets, but it’s still really easy to see the classic sights – Bedford Avenue Station on the L line is a leisurely stroll away, and cuts right across the water onto 14th Street in Manhattan.
From top to bottom, the hotel is super stylish. The lobby contains a striking piece of art by Brooklyn-based artist Marela Zacarias; there’s a good-sized outdoor pool framed by elegant sun loungers and cosy sofas. Each of the light rooms and suites has floor-to-ceiling windows and open-air balconies to make the most of the views over New York’s neighbourhoods, as well as rainfall showers and bespoke fittings like local artwork and sleek wooden floors.
The southern Italian restaurant, Leuca serves up tantalising dishes devised by award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini, from home-made pastas and wood-fired pizzas to weekend brunch. Head to the outdoor promenade and grab some fries at Mister Dips, a retro 1974 Airstream RV which has been repurposed into the hotel’s very own food van. The highlight though is Westlight, the 22nd-floor glass-fronted rooftop bar where you can enjoy a cocktail with incredible panoramic views over the NYC skyline in the distance.
At the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, across the water from the buzz of Manhattan
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183 rooms and suites
2 restaurants, bar, food van
*Denotes local charge