Posted on June 20, 2012
Offering what has yet to be seen in one of the hippest corners of New York City is the newly opened Wythe Hotel. Some years ago Manhattan dwellers were escaping the ever-increasing rent, and moving into the rundown houses and warehouses, of what was soon to become hipster central. Partners, Peter Lawrence, Jed Walentas, and Andrew Tarlow, were au courant with the gentrification process taking place in this Brooklyn neighborhood. The trio invested in turning a 1901 cooperage building into a trendsetting hotel on the waterfront of the East River. The renovated factory building has what you would expect from a Brooklyn hotel, a grungy industrial look of exposed brick in du jour fashion. The atmosphere immediately embraces local flavor with a retro bookcase, über chic furniture, and bikes for borrowing. But the Wythe Hotel offers one thing you can not find in hotels across the river; a postcard view of Manhattan.
The appealing hotel is quietly located, with an entrance that is genuinely amiable. In the west side of the building are rooms lit by floor to ceiling windows, boasting a picture-perfect view of Manhattan. The minimalist aesthetics give off a relaxing vibe, and if you are looking for more representation of Brooklyn you will find it in the details. Local restaurant Marlow & Sons provides mini-bar accoutrements, including a small selection of ice creams, while Marlow Goods provides bathroom towels. The unique, and intricately designed wallpaper is custom-made by Brooklyn’s own Flavor Paper.
Paying homage to the stunning skyline is the rooftop bar, The Ides. A mix of brass, iron, marble, and tile mosaic endure, making way for classic cocktails emboldened by the bounty of each season. Nevertheless, the rooftop bar is not the only plus to the Wythe Hotel, it also boasts a “band room.” Created on the recommendation of the team behind Brooklyn Bowl music venue who needed a place to put up traveling musicians. The Band Room’s quasi bunk beds hold six to four guests, respectfully. Not unexpectedly, the hotel is gradually becoming part of the urban fabric of Brooklyn, and is the perfect blend of hipster chic.