Hotels: Wythe Hotel

by | 14. Aug 2013


Exterior view. Photo courtesy of Wythe Hotel

By Morten Wilhelm Scholz

Wythe Hotel, designed by Morris Adjmi Architects, succeeds in creating a grand hotel experience and – at the same time – staying true to the local Williamsburg neighborhood. With its combination of post-industry, old school minimalist aesthetics and a seemingly effortless coolness (but don’t be fooled) the Wythe Hotel fits Brooklyn like a glove.

“Something olde, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe.” This old English saying traditionally aimed at creating happy brides at weddings also works magic as the formula behind creating hip, vibrant and immensely cool hotels like the recently opened Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg.


Street view. Photo by Adrian Gaut

For somethinge olde the Wythe Hotel chose a former factory building (designed by architect Theobald Engelhardt) built in 1901 and situated right on the waterfront in Williamsburg. The building’s skeleton is preserved in the new design – including its concave corner entrance, original pine beams, masonry, arched windows and cast-iron columns. For something new architect Morris Adjmi added a 3-story glass and aluminum extension including an L-shaped rooftop terrace and cocktail bar on top of the original 5-story structure. The extension references the hotel’s existing factory windows while dramatically pulling the building into the present.

Room with a view – and newly poured concrete floors

The borrowed, blue and sixpence part is taken care of by an interior design that emphasizes the reuse of historic details combined with Danish furniture design and that special something.

The 70 guest rooms feature solid wooden beams and columns and wood slat ceilings that have been left exposed. Newly poured concrete floors enhance the industrial aesthetic. Many rooms boast floor-to-ceiling views of the Manhattan skyline and East River through floor to ceiling oversized industrial paneled windows.

Reynard the trickster and Ides the divine

As for wining and dining Hotel Wythe has teamed up with a local hero. Renowned Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow, of Marlow & Sons, Diner (one of this signatures personal favorites) and Roman’s, manages the hotel’s restaurant and bars. The ground floor restaurant and bar is named Reynard (named after the legendary fox and trickster of European folklore) and offers a wood-fired oven and grill, courtyard seating, and a daily menu featuring market-driven American fare and seasonal cocktails.
Reynard. Photo by Adrian Gaut

At the 6th floor we find The Ides (probably referring to divine female beings in Germanic mythology – e.g. Grendel’s mother in Beowulf) – an extremely popular bar and terrace littered with beautiful people taking in the stunning Manhattan and Brooklyn views.

A couple of words on the architect

Morris Adjmi Architects is known for its ability to create architecture composed of clear contemporary forms that are inspired by context and history. Morris Adjmi Architects is a New York City based architecture and interior design firm providing comprehensive design services to corporate, commercial and residential clients. Morris Adjmi established MA in 1997 following a successful 10-year partnership with the renowned Italian architect Aldo Rossi.

Reynard. Photo courtesy of Wythe Hotel

Reynard. Photo courtesy of Wythe Hotel


Lobby. Photo courtesy of Wythe Hotel


Guestrooms. Photo courtesy of Wythe Hotel


Guestrooms.  Photo courtesy of Wythe Hotel


Table and chairs. Photo courtesy of Wythe Hotel

Architects: Morris Adjmi Architects

Address: 80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: 718 460 8000 (Main)
Opening date: May 2012
Rates: $179-$495

1st floor restaurant & bar: Reynard
6th floor rooftop bar & terrace: The Ides