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After being cooped up in our homes for almost a year and a half, many of us are itching to explore spaces beyond the walls of our homes this summer. While international travel is still not 100%, we luckily live in one of the greatest cities when it comes to booking a fantastic staycation. Boasting hotels with some of the best amenities and food and beverages offerings in the country, we decided to book a staycation with The Williamsburg Hotel.

The Williamsburg Hotel, located in you guessed it, Williamsburg, Brooklyn is a five-star diamond hotel, where you can take in unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline. Follow along below for the highlights from our stay!

Friday

We arrived on a Friday afternoon, and after we obtained our key cards from the front desk, we swung our door open and toured the suite. We stayed in the Skyline Suite, which features a luxurious king bed, soaking tub, and dual showers with Apotheke amenities. When you book the Skyline Suite, you also get exclusive rooftop pool access and of course, can’t miss 180-degree views of the Brooklyn and New York City skyline. The visuals truly do this rundown justice.

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The Williamsburg Restaurant

After getting a little much-needed R&R, we got ready for dinner at The Williamsburg Restaurant, located just downstairs. They are known for seasonal dishes and modern North & South American shared plates.

We started off with the Playa Margarita made with Casamigos, citrus agave syrup, watermelon juice, cilantro syrup, and Williamsburg Julep, made with Pomegranate molasses, Bulliet Bourbon, sweet vermouth for our cocktails. Definitely get the Roasted Octopus Flatbread as a shared (or not so shared) app.

Our entrees included the 16oz ribeye steak, a prime ribeye steak, with a side of mashed potatoes, truffle butter, demi-glace, and asparagus, and the Salmon a la Plancha, an Aurora roasted salmon, with celery root puree, sautéed baby bok choy, baby zucchini blossoms, and beurre blanc sauce. They didn’t have the bok choy that night so we subbed in some broccolini. To end the meal we ordered the Tres Leche Cheesecake, made with sponge cake and blueberry compote. Everything was delicious!

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The Williamsburg Restaurant
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Rooftop and Water Tower Parties

We went back to our room to change into something a little more fitting for the rooftop at night. Just so you know the hotel currently hosts 4 different DJs Friday and Saturday nights, on the Rooftop from 8pm-2am, and the Water Tower 11pm-4am. This is perfect if you’re looking to stay at the hotel and still get your nightlife vibes in. We loved this because it meant you didn’t have to go searching for the party, it essentially came to you. This Friday Ella Darr was DJing on the Rooftop, while DJ Renault was spinning in The Water Tower. These parties are usually open to the public as well.

Saturday

In-Suite Breakfast

The following morning we decided to ‘order in’, perfect for getting that breakfast in the bed photo you always wanted. Paired with the beautiful views, the entire meal was très magnifique. We went with The Williamsburg Breakfast, made with 2 eggs any style, bacon, home fries, whole-wheat toast, and salad greens. The popular French Toast of Brioche, topped with fresh berries, bananas, condensed coconut milk, and maple syrup, and the Avocado Toast, made with a poached egg, sourdough bread, radish, cilantro, and salad greens. Everything was presented beautifully and made my taste buds do a little dance.

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Rooftop Pool

After our in-suite brunch, we hit up the rooftop pool, one thing we were WAITING to dip our toes into. With a cocktail in hand, it was definitely one of the many highlights of our stay. Note that the rooftop pool is open daily and available to hotel guests exclusively from 9am-6pm (day beds are first come first serve). In terms of additional guests, you can have two pool passes per room and three per suite. Rooftop dining and cocktails are available for hotel guests and non-guests from 9am-5pm and 6pm-late.

The Water Tower

Another great option on the weekends is the Water Tower, for light bites, cocktails, and live music beneath the beautiful string lights. The Water Tower is open Fridays & Saturdays from 6 -10pm and open to hotel guests and the public on a first come first serve basis. That night, we also stopped by the rooftop at night for a bit, this time Claudius Raphael was featured on The Rooftop and Mike Sation in The Water Tower. If you ever want to know who’s djing a specific night, just keep an eye on The Williamsburg Hotel’s Instagram feed.

Sunday

Jazz Brunch & High Tea

It was Sunday, so OF COURSE, we had to try their Jazz Brunch & High Tea (it also goes down on Saturdays as well) The band playing this Sunday was The Alex Simon Band, and we definitely recommend trying their High Tea, as it comes with three tiers of chef-selected sweets, savories, and a teapot of your choice.  There are 10 options for teas, from black teas to more fruity teas. We went with the Corazon de Cien Fuegos for Tea, made from scarlet hibiscus blossom, lemongrass, rose petals, and lavender. It was the perfect combination with live music playing in the background and their chic lobby bar as the backdrop.

You’re probably wondering what’s on those three tiers…well, the sweets include Carrot Cake, Fruit Tart, Red Velvet Cupcake, Lemon Meringue, Vanilla Cheesecake, Chocolate Mousse Tart, and Cranberry Scone. For Savory, you get an Egg Salad Sandwich, Tuna Salad Sandwich, Brie Cheese, and Fig Jam Sandwich, Dill Cream Cheese & Cucumber, Sandwich, and a Lox and Cream Cheese Sandwich.

Rooftop Pool (yes, again)

Not to make waste of a great rooftop pool, and since we had such a great time on Saturday, we decided to take one last dip and bask in the sun. We even made a few friends, if you’re reading this, we talking about you Richie, and fam.

The rest of our night included chilling on the rooftop bar area and ordering room service in the form of The Williamsburger, an 8 oz Angus beef burger topped with cheddar, guanciale, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, and house sauce to our room. We made it a nightcap by taking in one last view of the lit-up water tower. Our staycation was one NYC summers were made for. Service-wise we received top-quality hospitality, although I felt they were a bit short-staffed at times (which we can understand with the times). Overall, The Williamsburg Hotel is an excellent choice for a staycation, I would definitely do it again!

THE PLUG: Looking to book a staycation yourself? We’ve gotchu! At the writing of this, rooms start as low as $269 a night. If you book early (7 days out) and you can actually save 15% off their best available rate.  If you also stay for 3 nights you can and receive 15% off, 4 nights, 20% off, and 5 nights is 25% off. The Williamsburg Hotel is also very pet-friendly if you couldn’t tell from their Instagram page. If you bring your furry friend with you, the pet fee is on then, plus homemade amenities at the ready. You can view all their room and suite options here. Tag us @nycplugged and use #nycpluggedin if you go!

This is the first of our NYC Plugged TRAVEL series, stay tuned for the next fabulous spot to book your next hotel stay in NYC and beyond. Where should we go next? Comment below.

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