After spending the majority of the month of April in Manhattan, I was feeling ready to get out of the hustle and grind for a minute to regain a little perspective. Luckily, all I had to do was take the L train over to Williamsburg and shack up at The William Vale hotel for a night to do so.
This buzzed-about property is less than a year old and has already made its mark on the Brooklyn neighborhood — and skyline — with a uniquely shaped silhouette featuring 360 degree balcony views. Read on for more practical info on what you can expect should your next New York City stay find you at this Williamsburg-based gem.
WHY YOU SHOULD STAY
One doesn’t visit New York City to never leave the hotel grounds, but nevertheless, the team at The William Vale has created a space that makes you want to get to know every corner — from the cozy crevices of your king sized bed, to the pool deck, restaurant duo, and up to Vale Park’s sprawling urban green space complete with an airstream serving burgers and fries.
The property also boasts a well-equipped gym which overlooks the pool deck. A culturally savvy calendar of events that both guests and non-guests alike can partake in, offers up fun ways to mingle like enjoying summer movie screenings in Vale Park.
But the real climax of any stay at this Brooklyn newbie are the killer views of the Manhattan skyline, and you can enjoy them from both your private balcony (every room comes with one) or over a glass of vino and plate of tequila cured salmon from the property’s Westlight Bar…I recommend trying both!
I loved the hotel’s contemporary and slightly funky room design, accented with colorful abstract art on the walls. Each room comes outfitted with rainfall showers, luxurious L’Occitane products in the bathroom, coffee maker, and fun little extras like a copy of Brooklyn magazine and box of macarons for late night cravings (or first thing in the morning cravings if you’re like me…oops).
Weather permitting, you’ll be treated to tons of sunlight streaming through the floor-to-ceiling windows, which makes shacking up in the room for hours sound all the more enticing.
The hotel property’s unique dining options add a nice variety to the local food offerings around the neighborhood. Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini, of some of my favorite NYC haunts including The Dutch and Locanda Verde, spearheaded the food concepts of each restaurant at The William Vale.
For Westlight, he crafted a menu that reflects the unique flavors of street food from around the globe (yes, please!), while Leuca‘s dishes are inspired by Southern Italy. Head out the lobby and up a set of concrete stairs to Vale Park, and you’ll find Mister Dips, a retrofitted 1974 airstream which is ideal for any emergency cravings — aka juicy griddle burgers, fries and floats.
It’s worth noting that Westlight, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant bar, turns into a full-on scene at night, which is totally fun for guests who need not leave the grounds for a night out. But if you don’t plan on partaking or are traveling with small children, make sure to request a room on a lower floor so that you can distance yourself from the revelry. Earplugs are also on offer for a small fee.
All in all, The William Vale is one of my favorite places I’ve ever stayed in this crazy city — mostly because it felt so nice to get out of cramped Manhattan quarters for a change and breathe in some fresh air over on the other side of town. Even for tried and true New Yorkers, this is a great place for a weekend staycation, to mix it up, sit by the pool, and pretend you’re somewhere else for a while…even if it is only a few train stops away.
Rooms at the William Vale hotel start at about $389 per night. Book now.
Live Like It’s the Weekend was graciously invited as a guest of The William Vale hotel, but as always, all my opinions are my own and I would never promote anything I don’t freaking love.