We’ve said it once and will say it again: Brooklyn is Manhattan’s coolest neighboring borough, booming with stylish hotels, hip restaurants, and trendy boutiques. Located in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood is Moxy Brooklyn Williamsburg: a design-savvy stay by Stonehill Taylor that’s situated on the lively-store-and-restaurant-abundant Bedford Avenue.
At check-in, you notice how an airy ambiance permeates the lobby with soaring 20-foot ceilings and natural design elements: light hardwood trappings, modern light fixtures, and green foliage dress the open-layout space. The Moxy’s playful nature is on display, from the pop art-painted skateboard wall decor to the vintage arcade machine for guest enjoyment. A show-stopping piece sits behind the front desk: an art installation made entirely of crayons that displays the underbelly of the Williamsburg Bridge at sunrise, looking from Brooklyn toward the Manhattan skyline.
Sticking to the theme, an alphabet-token-decorated elevator leads visitors to the 216 guestrooms and suites. The compact, studio-style corridors are outfitted with space-saving amenities: upholstered beds hosting built-in storage compartments, folding wall stationeries, hidden wardrobe racks, and embedded bathrooms, to name a few. Minimalist artworks, including a stencil-drawing designed wood headboard, accompany the room’s cool-toned color palette. Natural light spills into each compact space from floor-to-ceiling windows, giving way to the Manhattan cityscape — the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, and Williamsburg Bridge are all visible.
While Bedford Avenue’s buzzy restaurant scene is welcoming, guests won’t have to trot much further than the options at the Moxy Williamsburg: there’s Bar Bedford, a sleek cocktail bar and all-day café, and Mesiba, a modern, Tel Aviv-inspired restaurant serving Levantine cuisine. Watch sunsets with a cocktail in hand at LilliStar, an indoor-outdoor rooftop bar whose vast terrace features unobstructed views of the Williamsburg Bridge and Manhattan skyline. To cap off the evening, head to Jolene, a dance-worthy, retro-themed nightclub with live DJ performances and a state-of-the-art sound system.
As Moxy’s creative spirit is palpable, it would be amiss for us not to make mention of the massive pop art-style mural by acclaimed artist D*Face on the building’s south-facing façade: a woman in a car stuck in traffic crying out, “Get me to the Moxy!!”
When it comes to creative stays that don’t break the bank in NYC, the oh-so-cool Moxy Hotel Williamsburg is your guy.
Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
The Vibe: A slice of creative hospitality in Brooklyn’s best neighborhood.
Food + Drink: There’s Bar Bedford, a sleek cocktail bar and all-day café; Mesiba, a modern, Tel Aviv-inspired restaurant serving Levantine cuisine; Nightlife-wise, there’s Jolene, a retro-themed nightclub with live DJ performances and a state-of-the-art sound system; and LilliStar, an indoor-outdoor rooftop bar whose vast terrace features unobstructed views of the Williamsburg Bridge and Manhattan skyline.
Our Favorite Part of the Hotel: It’s tough to narrow down what our favorite thing about this hotel is, but if we were to choose, it’d have to be the crayon art installation made by Rare Culture due to its eye-catching qualities.
Amenities: Fitness center; Outdoor terrace; Free WiFi; Restaurant; Bar; Breakfast
What’s Nearby? Brooklyn Bridge; Williamsburg Bridge; Bedford Avenue; Domino Park; East River Park; Bathhouse
Any personal neighborhood recs? For an authentic New York pizza slice, take a five-minute stroll to L’Industrie Pizza. Then, drop by the swanky martini and seafood tower cocktail bar, Deux Chats. Beyond that, our official guide to Williamsburg highlights the best places to eat, drink, and shop while in the area.
Pricing: Rates start at $179/night
Closest Airport: LaGuardia Airport
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