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The Hoxton, Williamsburg

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The hippest corner of New York right now is Williamsburg in Brooklyn, where the newly opened nine-storey Hoxton hotel is upping the cool factor with seasonal treats like heated outdoor igloo dining pods and signature pine syrup cocktails—not to mention simply the best views of Manhattan.

Featuring 175 shoebox-sized yet ergonomically designed rooms, hallways hung with local art, and three buzzy on-site dining establishments, the Hoxton is the first trans-Atlantic property for London’s expanding Hoxton hotel chain, and the first to be built from the ground up.

Guests will find the Hoxton along Wythe Avenue, a hipster stronghold that is home to espresso bars, home decor shops, the go-to Rough Trade live music venue, and the Wythe—Brooklyn’s original boutique hotel whose 2012 opening helped jumpstart the neighbourhood’s rapid gentrification. Locals may recall the hotel’s location as the former site of the Rosenwach Tank Co., a factory that built the wooden water towers that loom over the New York skyline.

The Williamsburg Hoxton is the first trans-Atlantic property for London’s expanding Hoxton hotel chain, and the first to be built from the ground up.

Taking design cues from the neighbourhood’s industrial past, the Hoxton’s interiors feature black and brass metal accents, exposed beams and brick, wood plank flooring, arched doorways, and vintage light fixtures for an overall atmosphere of edgy elegance.

An onsite coffee counter serves light meals throughout the day and night, while Klein’s, situated immediately to the right of the expansive entranceway, is a scene unto itself. Considered one of the hottest restaurants in Brooklyn right now, the casual but chic all-day dining spot offers unfussy food made on a wood-burning grill. Swordfish, steak, and even cauliflower is served up barbecue style by friendly and attentive wait staff.

The positive vibes continue upstairs at Summerly, a rooftop bar with views stretching over Brooklyn and the Williamsburg Bridge. On the second floor is Backyard, a terrace bar with loungers, while the main level is home to a fully furnished conference/meeting room facility called the Apartment that comes with foosball tables, a fireplace, large communal-style fridge, and kitchen island with bar stools. These homey touches extend to guest rooms.

 

The Hoxton

Summerly, the rooftop bar.

Outfitted with flat screen TVs, retro style phones, metal edged mirrors, and dark wood functional furniture, the rooms come in two sizes: the cosy at 170 square- feet and the 239-square-foot roomy option. There’s room enough for two, though perhaps best suited for a well-acquainted duo—the space is rather intimate.

That said, the beds are all king-sized and festooned with enormous, enveloping pillows and soft linens with a bold graphic design by Brooklyn fashion label, Dusen Dusen. In lieu of a closet, find an open hanging rack; rather than a costly minibar, a small fridge stocked with free bottles of water and a carton of milk for morning mugs of Bushwick Tea and Cru Coffee, both local brands. Find extra comfort delivered to your door each morning in breakfast bags with a banana, prepared steel cut oats, and a small bottle of orange juice for a little fuel.

Room to Request

Room 727 has floor-to-ceiling windows for unobscured views of the twinkling New York harbour and the Empire State Building and the funky Maker’s Mark mural fronting the hotel on street level. The tiny but efficiently luxurious white subway-tiled bathroom comes with a solid brass rainfall shower head, plush white towels, and eco-conscious toiletries by London accessories label, Bl-nk.

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December 27, 2018