Williamsburg’s first boutique hotel opens

Williamsburg’s first boutique hotel opens
Photo by Bess Adler

Brooklyn’s newest boutique hotel, Hotel Williamsburg, opened on N. 12th Street this week, combining a sleek, big-city aesthetic with small-town hospitality.

Minneapolis-based hoteliers Jim and Ben Graves, the father-and-son braintrust behind the northside’s newest nightspot, have outfitted the 64-room hotel with supple leather and steel furniture, soft industrial lighting, and a dash of Minnesota niceness.

“Anyone can build four walls, but we are going to bring great service,” said Ben Graves. “We look forward to bringing Midwestern hospitality to Williamsburg.”

Guests check in at a compact but elegant lobby, which has a small stream running under its pane glass floor.

Rooms at the eight story hotel, starting at $295 a night, are equipped with bamboo hardwood floors, teardrop-shaped leather side chairs, retro chic record players and bottles of craft vodka, whiskey and other spirits.

The most luxurious room costs $3,500 a night for an swanky two-bedroom pad that could play host to a Justin Timberlake afterparty (it’s too classy for Ashton).

But it’s not just for out-of-towners.

Brooklynites can simpress a date at the hotel’s cocktail lounge and sip Tobey Maloney’s refreshing rum and gin creations or lure a group to its cozy ground-floor restaurant Pillar and Plough, which opens on Nov. 20.

Hotel Williamsburg’s Ben Graves wants to bring Minnesota nice to Brooklyn’s boutique hotel business.
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Gone is the high-concept street food idea the Graveses tossed around last year.

Instead, the Graveses brought in Andrés Grundy from L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon to compose a seasonal menu featuring prime rib, barbecued skate wing, razor clams and crab in a seafood broth, and roasted vegetable salads — all of which should come in under $20.

When the weather gets a bit warmer, the hotel’s outdoor courtyard swimming pool could be the game changer that convinces pale condo dwellers to shed some layers and finally get a tan.

And the hotel’s airy rooftop bar which will be serving drinks until 4 am is destined to become the last stop for many delirious Williamsburg party nights.

Next spring, the hotel will get some competition as DUMBO’s Walentas family opens its boutique hotel a mere two blocks away — but the Graveses think their Midwestern charm is their hidden asset.

“A couple of people gave our staff hugs when they checked out,” said Jim Graves. “They said it’s their new home when they come to the city.”

Hotel Williamsburg [160 N. 12th St. between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street in Williamsburg, (718) 218-7500]. For reservations, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.hwbrooklyn.com.

Reach reporter Aaron Short at [email protected] or by calling (718) 260-2547.

The Hotel Williamsburg is a stylish condo and lodge.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham