It’s almost unfair that The Hoxton Williamsburg is in New York, because you really don’t feel like leaving. This hip, hot property takes over the site of the former Rosenbach factory, where the city’s iconic wooden water towers were made (look up – you’ll notice them on rooftops everywhere). This means there’s a daunting, sprawling space to fill, and The Hoxton has nailed it beautifully.
There are three restaurants, with one on a terrace and another in a courtyard, plus a rooftop bar with that magical Manhattan skyline view. There’s also the world’s tiniest cinema with only two seats, where I relaxed while waiting for my room.
The arrival is dramatic, descending down stairs to reveal a lively lobby of multiple sections. Facing a two-storey exposed brick wall with large arches, you’re looking straight into the open kitchen of Klein’s, where several chefs are buzzing around. Diners can sit at the bar to watch them, too, which is great for solo travellers.
The rest of the ground floor is dominated by a huge lounge area, delightfully furnished with designer lighting, sofas and chairs, lots of plants and shelves lined with ceramic vases. Communal tables are used by both business and leisure travellers to access the fast Wi-Fi, while other people are chilling at smaller tables with food, drinks and books. On Sunday afternoons it gets loud and busy when a DJ hosts a fun disco brunch.
Guests have to walk past all the action to find the reception, but it’s nice to have it hidden away, and the staff are remarkably affable. They didn’t mention the handy freebies, which are promoted on the website: bicycle hire, a breakfast bag (containing a banana, juice and oats) and one hour of international calls per day.
Each of the 175 rooms has a lovely floor-to-ceiling window, TV, fridge, desk, kettle (plus tea, coffee and milk), open wardrobe (hooks and hangers on the wall), modern bathroom with walk-in shower and comfortable king-size beds (convertible to twin) with bespoke linens by local artist Dusen Dusen. The stylish décor blends velvet bedheads, concrete ceilings and retro phones.
The Hoxton is located in the centre of Brooklyn’s trendy, arty enclave of Williamsburg, facing the East River, with Manhattan views for miles. Be sure to explore the nearby park, cafés, bars, vintage clothing shops and indie boutiques. To avoid the subway or traffic into the city, take the ferry to Wall Street or West 34th Street for a bargain US$2.75.
Small rooms start at only US$159 (approx. AU$229) per night but even the biggest rooms are not quite enough for a family, so this option is best for couples and solos.
Find out more: thehoxton.com