Design Buzz: The Williamsburg Hotel

Set to open within the year, the eight-story, 150-room Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn will have a restaurant, rooftop pool, the neighborhood's first grand ballroom, and three bars including one in a replica water tower built to pay homage to the block's historic, but now defunct, wooden water tower factory.

Designed by London-based design firm Michaelis Boyd (Babington House UK, Soho House Berlin), the property will have a brick, glass and Corten steel exterior. The inside will ground sophisticated double-height ceilings with natural finishes.

The Williamsburg Hotel

The new-build urban resort will be overseen by managing directors Evan Altman and James Stuart — who both worked on Ian Schrager’s Gramercy Park Hotel — and developed by Heritage Equity Partners (HEP).

In the guestrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows will frame views of Manhattan, as well as of Brooklyn and the East River. Many of the rooms will have private balconies.

The Williamsburg Hotel

The Williamsburg Hotel's grand ballroom space will boast 30-foot ceilings, accommodate up to 400 guests, and play host of to an array of events.