Brooklyn is a destination in its own right, with plenty of stylish boutique hotels to hang your hat when you aren’t busy gallery-hopping and cafe-lazing around the borough.
After spending the weekend at the Williamsburg Hotel — situated right on Wythe Avenue and just steps from an almost overwhelming number of restaurants, bars and very Brooklynthings to do — I would like to confirm that there couldn’t be a better place to staycation, whether you’re a New Yorker or just looking for a lazy getaway. Plus, the hotel absolutely oozes style and design character (with potentially the most glamorous bathroom I’ve ever seen — clawfoot tub, included).
Here’s how to spend a weekend at the Williamsburg Hotel without having to hail a cab, rent a Citi Bike or faint from exhaustion, because all of these amazing spots are within walking distance.
Start: So you’ve checked in to the Williamsburg Hotel. I know, I know, the interiors are stunning, whether you’re staying in the Skyline Suite or Studio Terrace. Unpack (or don’t!), lounge around the room and eat all the snacks they offer, or maybe indulge in their English-style high tea room. Then, it’s time to check out the neighborhood.
Take a coffee pit stop: For one of the most tranquil coffee experiences you’ll find in New York, Bakeri is the place to go. The Scandinavian cafe is cozy, from the rustic decor to the indoor-outdoor seating, including a garden out back. Reminder: This place is called Bakeri, so it’s basically illegal for you not to get a pastry.
Go for a long brunch: If you’re one of those people that likes to dine fast — you walk in, you eat, you frantically run out the door — first of all, that’s weird, second, Cafe Mogador is definitely not the spot for you. It’ll become instantly obvious from the relaxed interiors (that are brimming with probably the most plant life you’ve ever seen in one place), that this Moroccan restaurant is all about the drawn-out brunch, including lots of tea, chatting and people-watching. I should probably add that the Moroccan Benedict changed me deeply.
Get your shopping fix: Artists & Fleas is hardly a secret shopping destination, but that doesn’t make it any less of a cool spot for hours and hours of excellent thrifting and shopping locally-made products, from clothing to home goods.
Grab an early dinner: House of Small Wonder is a beautiful enigma not worth trying to make sense of – the secret garden-style restaurant has everything from baked goods to sashimi. If you aren’t totally sure what kind of food you’re in the mood for, stop here for some seriously tasty Japanese meatballs or a classic Croque Madame. I know, it’s confusing, but just trust me.
Go for drinks: Whether you’re traveling solo, with friends, or your partner, Midnights is the local, laid-back bar you’re looking for. They’ve got memorable cocktails (as in, they’re named after celebrities like Justin Bieber and Salma Hayek, but aren’t 100 percent sugar water), a charming garden area and tasty late-night food (we’re talking amazing cauliflower tacos, people!).
Prices at the Williamsburg Hotel start at $275 per night.