by Amanda Geronikos
The Wythe Hotel is located in a former factory on the waterfront in Brooklyn, New York. The upscale property has a total of 70 rooms, each one decorated in minimalist decor and equipped with heated floors, mini-bars, complimentary wireless internet, and flat-screen TVs, plus unique furnishings, such as locally made furniture and industrial light fixtures. While most rooms accommodate two to three people only, connecting units are available, as are bunk bed rooms that are perfect for kids. Noise may be an issue at times, so request an upper-level floor.
Perks at this Brooklyn family hotel include an onsite cafe, serving beautiful (and delicious) pastries and coffee; an onsite restaurant (Reynard), serving casual fare (think gourmet burgers and sandwiches); and a cinema that showcases indie films (nothing for kids, though). While there’s no fitness center onsite, passes are provided for the Brooklyn Athletic Club.
Check-in is at 3 p.m., with check-out at 11 a.m.
Our Editor Loves
- Brookly hotel in old factory
- Onsite restaurant and cafe
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Travel is a unique and wonderful blessing. It enriches and forever changes the fabric of one’s life experience, no matter how small the trip or how apparently uneventful the adventure. My latest business trip took me through a layover and rather than spend another night in a cookie cutter business hotel in the city, I opted for something a little different. I booked the Wythe on a whim wanting something near a taproom in Brooklyn that I’d always wanted to visit, and discovered why life can be wonderful. It’s always these little surprises that make life interesting and so very worth drawing breath...the stay and not the bar turned out to be the star!
The Wythe as a facility has an appeal that my words will never begin to adequately capture. To use words like refreshing, hip, hipster, chic, cool, quirky, charming, and unconventional or phrases like full of character, local flavor, proudly independent, and not your average hotel experience, are to use words as carelessly as space is used by large chain hotels. The way the Wythe describes itself on the website as a “Brooklyn Original” is a good start to understanding the ethos of the place, and to begin to sketch the outline of what a stay at the Wythe might look like.
I don’t want to fill this review with a lot of meaningless gushing, because that is what it’ll be until you’ve actually spent some time at the Wythe, but suffice it to say that staying at the Wythe will renew your love of travel. I say this because it’s locales like the Wythe that refresh a jaded travel palate and are a bright citrusy burst of a reminder that you don’t have to be on a beach in Bali to experience something different.
Another thing I will say is that attention to detail sets hotel stays apart. The Wythe is no exception. Management has paid attention to every small detail in the way is decorated, staffed, and outfitted to wrap you in everything that suggests you might just be right at home. All this is done while respectfully paying homage to the original building, thoughtfully highlighting wood and stone in the service of reminding you of the building that you’re in, rather than just highlighting the stay. It is a holistic experience, not unlike a stay in an ice hotel or an eco-hut in an equatorial rainforest. The experience is all around you while the carefully appointed creature comforts.
Lastly, I will finish by congratulating the Wythe on first being a good neighbor. Paying attention to first being a part of the local community, supporting local events, and adding color and character, and ultimately value to the neighborhood is to be commended and appreciated! Kudos, Wythe! I hope you guys keep doing what you’re doing, it is a good and righteous thing.
Stayed here for a short weekend visit with my daughter who recently moved to Brooklyn with her BF. Positives: great location, comfortable bed, nice size room with comfortable seating, no street noise (Brooklyn view King on the 4th floor),
Cheerful staff. Negatives: housekeeping — I was out of the room from 9:30am to 4:30pm but room was never cleaned ...housekeeping knocked at 5:15 but by then I was getting ready to go out again. Noise —-rooms are spare (concrete floors with no rugs, large windows with sun shades) a nice look but noise from neighboring rooms seems to reverberate. And although the bar was two floors higher I still heard music. No real room service (just coffee in the morning) and no business center.
So it was an ok stay but I think I’ll try something else next time.