If you’re looking for New York’s most hip area, Williamsburg is surely a strong contender for the crown.
It’s no wonder it’s the location for boutique chain Hoxton’s first ever hotel in the US. With its cool lobby decked out in millennial pink furniture, trendy staff wearing jeans and trainers and a gorgeous rooftop bar, it fits right in.
And even though at the time of visiting it had only been open a matter of weeks, it was clear to see, when I arrived with my friend, that it was already drawing in the cool crowd – even on a Wednesday night.
Hotel chain Hoxton has opened its first ever hotel in the United States in New York’s Williamsburg neighbourhood in Brooklyn. Jen said her room was very cosy, with a stunning view of Manhattan from an (almost) floor-to-ceiling window
On the wall opposite Jennifer’s bed was a large flat-screen TV as well as a retro-style radio perched on a shelf. When she arrived, it was pumping out the latest chart hits
Groups were sitting sipping cocktails at the huge backyard bar, couples were dining around the open-air kitchen while friends were chilling with coffee as they tapped on their laptops in the relaxed lounge.
Like most of the places to be seen at in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighbourhood, the 175-room Hoxton has been created inside a disused building, vacated by heavy industry.
In a former life, the hotel was the home of the Rosenwach Factory, which made the wooden water tanks you see scattered across New York’s rooftops.
Each room has a selection of carefully curated books for guests to flick through. Jennifer found these tomes in her room
Some rooms have breathtaking views across the East River to the skyscrapers of Manhattan
After arriving and finding the hotel’s reception desk tucked away in the corner of the lobby, we were quickly up in our room on the ninth floor of the building – where the hipster vibe continued.
The (almost) floor-to-ceiling window revealed a simply stunning view of Manhattan, which at first meant I didn’t notice anything else in the room.
But once the Instagram pictures were snapped and posted, we noted the retro-style digital radio pumping out the latest chart hits as well as the carefully curated selection of books that had been left for us to flick through.
Even the bedding, which has been created by Brooklyn designers Dusen Dusen, can only be described as cool. And the bathroom with its monsoon shower and mosaic tiled floor was eye-catching, too.
For Jennifer, one of the hotel’s highlights is its rooftop bar, Summerly, where she enjoyed sipping wine as the sun went down
Summerly stretches right across the front of The Hoxton Williamsburg and also offers views of the Williamsburg Bridge and Brooklyn
A power socket and USB port next to the bed mean you don’t have to charge your phone overnight at the other side of the room – a gripe I have with many hotels.
There isn’t a wardrobe as such, with hangers just left on a small rail, in a bid to maximise the space, while a tiny fridge fits neatly underneath with complimentary water and milk.
Settled in for the night, the room proved to be the perfect if very cosy place to get over the jet lag and prepare for the pounding of Brooklyn’s streets the next day.
Unfortunately, the next morning we awoke to discovered a minor leak in the ceiling close to the air-conditioning unit, which had resulted in a small puddle on the floor.
But when we mentioned it to the reception staff, they couldn’t have been more accommodating.
Klein’s, pictured, is one of the hotel’s restaurants, where diners sit on stools surrounding an open-air kitchen
The lobby of The Hoxton Williamsburg is decked out with millennial pink furniture. Jennifer says during her stay it was often packed with people sipping coffee and tapping on their laptops
Not only did they immediately fix the problem, they moved us to another room – and offered to help with the luggage – just in case it happened again. What’s more, they even made sure we had the best table in the house for sundowners on the hotel’s rooftop bar, Summerly.
We almost prayed for another leak, because it turns out Summerly really is the hotel’s highlight.
We sat at our spot for the evening and sipped on deliciously refreshing wine that our waiter had recommended as we admired the view at golden hour across the East River towards the Empire State Building.
It was almost a shame to leave after sunset to go back to the ground floor to have dinner in one of the hotel’s other restaurants, Klein’s.
But when we got down there and could hear the beats of chilled house music being played by a DJ, we realised the vibe was just as hip.
Klein’s serves up Americana-inspired classics from its open plan kitchen with a wood-fired grill – and I can definitely recommend the fried chicken sandwich, which was smothered in ham and cheese.
For dessert, curiosity got the better of us and we opted for the dish called ‘a little something’ – a plate of three warm different-flavoured cookies, served with a glass of milk.
It was a nice touch before bed.
The Hoxton may be achingly trendy – but it does warm and cosy, too.
The Hoxton Williamsburg is at 97 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.
Rooms start from $159 (£122) per night and a breakfast bag of a pot of overnight oats, a banana and orange juice is also included. Visit www.thehoxton.com.