Formely the known as the King and Grove, this boutique hotel is right in the heart of the uber-edgy Williamsburg district in Brooklyn, where the art scene is on the up and the history still remains. The exterior is every bit 1950s art deco and its 64 modern rooms manage to be both homely and spacious. Its rooftop pool is one of the largest outdoor swimming pools in New York and is surrounded by ample decking for cocktails and dining, making it a hot ticket in summer.
Just one subway stop from Manhattan, the McCarren Hotel overlooks McCarren Park. It is within easy reach of both JFK and La Guardia and a mere 10 minutes walk from the north Brooklyn ferry stop if coming over from Manhattan.
With the range of choices from a standard double to the penthouse suite, you’ll definitely find something that suits your needs. With bamboo flooring, oak cabinetry and marble bathrooms these rooms feel like a natural escape in a bustling city.
Why we like it
We feel like we’re in on a secret at the McCarren in Williamsburg. One of the most stylish gems in the neighbourhood and rubbing shoulders with the fashionable locals makes us forget we’re tourists. Initially the neighbourhood housed a residency of Latino, Hasidic Jews and Poles meaning the gastronomy is truly international. More recently the overspill from New York’s Lower East side has brought with it an influx of arty types and musicians, meaning there’s a gig in every bar and stalls decorate the sidewalk selling handmade trinkets.