In the past decade, New York’s center of gravity has shifted toward Brooklyn, a borough enlivened by young professionals, creative types, and entrepreneurs who have set up businesses and homes here. Williamsburg in particular is home to the city’s most thriving restaurant and nightlife scenes, as well as trendy boutiques. Increasingly, the neighborhood is attracting out-of-towners who want to be in the center of the action — and the Hotel Indigo Williamsburg is providing them a suitably modern and convenient place to stay. Here’s our review.
The Look of Hotel Indigo Williamsburg
Just like the neighborhood it calls home, Hotel Indigo Williamsburg is artsy and contemporary, from the graffiti art on the exterior fence to the stepped-roof building’s architecture, which recalls the area’s industrial legacy. The double-height lobby is flooded with natural light, with potted plants and pastel-patterned floors enlivening the color palette of whites and light grays. Plentiful seating and tables allow guests to sip an espresso or peck on a laptop.
Fresh and modern rooms feel like New York lofts with hardwood floors, abstract art, and stylish light fixtures. Desks and storage areas are generously sized; bathrooms are compact but dapper, with white marble, subway-tiled shower stalls, and good lighting. Live out your New York artist fantasies in one of the double-decker Loft Suites, featuring spiral staircases, separate living areas, and mini-fridges.
The Vibe of Hotel Indigo Williamsburg
Fun and freewheeling, like Williamsburg. A meandering courtyard with lush plantings, a fire pit, and lights strung overhead gives off a backyard garden vibe. Up on the fourth floor, the rooftop and adjacent bar provide a sunny oasis in the concrete jungle.
Who Will Love Hotel Indigo Williamsburg
Urban explorers eager to discover Williamsburg’s blend of hip restaurants, scene-y bars, and indie boutiques will find the hotel a perfect jumping-off point for their adventures, thanks to its convenient location and youthful ambience.
Who Might Not Love Hotel Indigo Williamsburg
If your sightseeing or socializing agenda is Manhattan-centric, you’ll find the Williamsburg location out of the way.
Best Amenity at Hotel Indigo Williamsburg
It’s gotta be the rooftop terrace and pool — a rarity in New York City — and adjacent Tatau Pool Lounge & Bar, with its rattan furniture, potted palms, and tiki-inspired cocktails and light bites. You’d think you were in the South Pacific if not for the views of the NYC skyline surrounding you.
What’s Included at Hotel Indigo Williamsburg
High-speed wifi, local phone calls, access to the 24-hour fitness center and swimming pool, and bike rentals are all included in the nightly room rate.
Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About at Hotel Indigo Williamsburg
The Hotel Indigo Williamsburg charges a nightly “urban destination resort fee” of $34.43; additionally, city- and state-imposed taxes and fees add around 15% to the rate. Parking is additional as well.
How to Get a Deal at Hotel Indigo Williamsburg
Hotel Indigo Williamsburg is fairly reasonably priced compared to other boutique hotels in the neighborhood, but check out their Offers page to find even more savings. Members of the IHG One Rewards program (which is free) also qualify for special discounts.
The City That Never Sleeps is a year-round destination, but you’ll generally find lower hotel rates from January through March, and sometimes in July and August as well. That said, our favorite time to visit is the second half of November and the first two weeks of December: Rates are off their peak, and there’s a festive spirit throughout the city.
In the Neighborhood of Hotel Indigo Williamsburg
The hotel is directly on Metropolitan Avenue, one of Williamsburg’s main thoroughfares. You’re just a short walk to some of the neighborhood’s best known restaurants and bars (St. Anselm, The Four Horsemen, Llama Inn), as well as McCarren Park. Domino Park and the East River waterfront is a bit further, about a 20-minute walk or 10-minute cab ride.
Nearest Public Transportation to Hotel Indigo Williamsburg
The Metropolitan Avenue subway stop is right around the corner from the hotel entrance; from there you can catch the L train to Manhattan (about 20 minutes, depending on the time of day).
A stylish and relatively affordable boutique stay in the happening heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s hippest neighborhood.