Housed in a renovated factory building on the Williamsburg waterfront, the Wythe marks the long-due maturation of the booming Brooklyn neighborhood. The place embraces local flavor by blending grungy industrial looks with luxe hospitality. The 100-year-old building represents what’s left of an old cooperage that was renovated to suit the wants and needs of hotel guests.
Details like rusted ceiling tracks add to the flavor of the historic building, as does a floor-to-ceiling illustration depicting the history of Brooklyn in the lobby. While the skeleton of the original building remained relatively untouched, a three-story add-on by architect Morros Adjimi maximizes skyline-facing views and allows for an L-shaped rooftop terrace and cocktail bar.