It should come as no surprise that new hotels are one of our favorite things here at HD. So when we realized that the new William Vale hotel in Brooklyn’s popular Williamsburg neighborhood would be opening in time for our annual CitySCENE: New York networking event, we jumped on the chance to gather this week (with some 400 of our closest friends and industry folks in the area) and check out the space.
The 183-room hotel is part of a mixed-use concrete and steel complex by local architecture firm Albo Liberis, which also houses retail, office, and event space surrounding the property’s central plaza area. A large stairway leads from the street level to the elevated 15,000-square-foot Vale Park.
The polished interiors come courtesy of Toronto-based Studio Munge, which aimed to contrast the area’s industrial look with residentially inspired furniture, clean materials including stone and white marble, and a contemporary art program, which includes a commission in partnership with the Brooklyn Arts Council of an installation by local artist Marela Zacarías, who crafted a massive, 20-by-25-foot 3D sculptural painting that cascades down a wall in the lobby. There’s also Westlight, the newly opened rooftop bar that offers the area’s best Manhattan views, from Andrew Carmellini’s NoHo Hospitality, with the prolific chef’s restaurant Leuca still to come.