Wythe Hotel: a Stay in the Band Room
Last year, I somehow convinced the management at the Wythe Hotel to let me book its six-bunk Band Room. The hotel is in heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn and this space was perfect for our group of five to stay together. We were lucky, the Band Room is not often available to the public because party-animal guests usually leave it trashed. When we opened the door to our temporary residence, we were happy to discover that these bunks were not the beds from our college dorm days.The boutique hotel is a converted old factory set near the river waterfront, renovated to maintain its historic charm. Its style is chic and understated, but with no detail left ignored. Comfortable bunk beds dressed in luxurious linens line opposite sides of the room—each equipped with its own private flat screen television, reading light, smart phone shelf, electrical outlet, and headphone jack. The space opens to a lounge with comfy, overstuffed seating and a floor-to-ceiling window that offers expansive views of the East River and Manhattan skyline. Armoires, shelves, and drawers built into the beds provide plenty of storage. There are even two private shower stalls in the bathroom so guests don’t have to wait. The room is stocked with tons of plush towels and bulk-size, natural bath products.
The Wythe likes local. Bedroom is locally-made, including custom beds built from the building’s reclaimed pine ceiling. Bathrooms are stocked with handmade, natural bath products produced by New York company, Goldies. Even the wallpaper, hand towels, and light fixtures are created by local artists. The minibar and fridge is loaded with artisan goodies from neighborhood shops (for a price, of course). No room service here—the hotel encourages guests to leave their rooms and experience Brooklyn for themselves.
Best of all, the location is walking distance to tons of bars, restaurants and shopping. We particularly enjoyed our jaunts to nearby East River State Park to explore the Williamsburg Flea and Smorgasburg food market. Homebodies will find the hotel bar, The Ides, 10 steps down the hall—a hot spot among locals and visitors. The ground-level restaurant, Reynard, serves brasserie-inspired food in a handsome setting. Even if you’re not in a band, you’ll feel like a rock star during your stay.
pros: Floor-to-ceiling windows grant stellar views of the East River and NY skyline. A central location means you’re walking-distance to the subway and Williamsburg’s restaurants, shops, and East River State Park.
cons: The hotel’s 6th floor bar is popular so expect to encounter crowds in the hotel’s lobby at night and to hear some noise if your room is nearby.____________________________
80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Lara was instilled with the travel bug at an early age and has visited over 25 countries. Her mother’s job as a flight attendant enabled a childhood of seeing the world. In addition to being the founding editor of En Route Traveler, Lara also works as the Art Director for the branding firm, Belmont Inc., in Alexandria, VA. In her spare time, she instructs high-energy Zumba dance classes, contributes as a Local Expert to AFAR, enjoys vegetarian cuisine, dabbles in photography and, of course, travels as much as possible.