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Introducing The William Vale, Brooklyn’s All-Balcony Boutique Hotel

Introducing The William Vale, Brooklyn’s All-Balcony Boutique Hotel

HOTELS, NEW YORK

From the moment I heard about Brooklyn’s newest all-balcony boutique hotel, I knew I had a fantastic reason to visit the Big Apple again! The William Vale opened just last year in the hip neighborhood of Williamsburg. There is a lot to admire about this five-star hotel, and I am not just talking about their world-class hospitality. Every inch is designed to perfection with high ceilings, custom metalwork details, sweeping views, and so much more. Not to mention Vale Park, which in my opinion, makes The William Vale such a unique hotel property. Set on a 15,000 sq. ft. elevated promenade, Vale Park features rolling hills, shady green spaces, and postcards views. It is such breath of fresh air to see a beautiful green space in the middle of a bustling city.

The William Vale Exterior
The William Vale Exterior
Vale Park – The William Vale Hotel

When you first walk into the reception area, your eyes are drawn towards the impressive piece of artwork that decorates the lobby from Brooklyn-based artist Marela Zaharias.  I thought it was a very nice touch that they displayed a local artists’ work.

The William Vale - Lobby Area
The William Vale – Lobby Area
Mannahatta by Brooklyn-based artist Marela Zacarias
Mannahatta by Brooklyn-based artist Marela Zacarias

I was lucky to be staying in a Gotham King Room which, of course, includes a lovely balcony. And what was the view from my private balcony? The iconic Manhattan skyline! Tourists and locals both flock to Brooklyn every day to simply take in these jaw dropping views. And there I was, getting to enjoy it from the comfort of my own room.  This certainly made my trip memorable.

Gotham King Room Balcony View - The William Vale Hotel
Gotham King Room Balcony View – The William Vale Hotel

My room featured contemporary furnishings that were incredibly comfortable and stylish, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows. It came with a separate sitting area, which I found very useful to do some work.  The bed was very cozy, and had a nightlight with outlets on the side which made it very convenient for us to plug our phone chargers in at night.  The room also cam with a mini fridge and coffee maker.

Gotham King Room - The William Vale Hotel
Gotham King Room – The William Vale Hotel
Gotham King Room Amenities - The William Vale Hotel
Gotham King Room Amenities – The William Vale Hotel

I also enjoyed the spacious bathroom and glass-enclosed rainfall shower with products by L’Occitane en Provence.  The bathroom was hidden away behind sleek glass sliding doors.

Gotham King Room Bathroom - The William Vale Hotel
Gotham King Room Bathroom – The William Vale Hotel

As hard as it was to pull myself away from my precious balcony, I knew there were several more places throughout the hotel to enjoy the views!

Gotham King Room Balcony View - The William Vale Hotel
Gotham King Room Balcony View – The William Vale Hotel

Whether you are staying as a guest of the hotel or are simply in the neighborhood looking for a nice drink, do yourself a favor and head up to the 22nd floor. It is here that you will discover The William Vale’s stunning rooftop bar: Westlight. Food is served from five in the evening and I found it to be the perfect place to unwind after a busy day and enjoy the sunset. They offer an elevated menu of bar snacks inspired by street food pairs with a list of handcrafted classic cocktails, along with rare spirits, beer, and wine.  We had the Duck Carnitas Tacos and Crispy Potato Skins that were topped with Kaluga Caviar… delicious!

At the Westlight Rooftop Bar - The William Vale Hotel
At the Westlight Rooftop Bar – The William Vale Hotel
Enjoying cocktails at the Westlight - The William Vale
Enjoying cocktails at the Westlight – The William Vale
Tapa Style Food at Westlight Rooftop Bar - The William Vale Hotel
Tapa Style Food at Westlight Rooftop Bar – The William Vale Hotel

In the morning we decided to try their Italian restaurant on site that also served breakfast. Inspired by Southern Italy, Leuca is a neighborhood restaurant with a wood-fired coastal fare. I hear Chef Andrew Carmellini’s house made pastas and wood-fired pizzas are to die for, and the service is impeccable.

Leuca Restaurant - The William Vale
Leuca Restaurant – The William Vale
Leuca Restaurant Interior - The William Vale
Leuca Restaurant Interior – The William Vale
Egg Omelette with a side of potatoes at Leuca Restaurant
Egg Omelette with a side of potatoes at Leuca Restaurant
Eggs al Forno, Calabrian Chili, Mozzarella, Grilled Bread at Leuca Restaurant
Eggs al Forno, Calabrian Chili, Mozzarella, Grilled Bread at Leuca Restaurant

If the weather is nice, the Vale Pool & Terrace is the place to be. At sixty feet, it is the longest pool in Brooklyn and greater New York City. You will find sweeping views here as well which probably is not at surprise at this point!  The William Vale really knows how to wow its guests.  Directly adjacent to the pool is Vale Terrace, a 5,000 sq. ft. immaculately landscaped open-air venue which is perfect for special events and celebrations.

Vale Pool - The William Vale Hotel
Vale Pool – The William Vale Hotel

One of my only complaints is that I could not stay longer. A few days certainly is not enough time in New York City. But now that The William Vale exists, I have a very good reason to return!

Note:  I was kindly given a media rate during my stay, but as always, opinions are entirely my own!

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

22 Comments

  1. chianti winery tour
    September 22, 2017 at 3:37 pm
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Carmen Edelson
      September 23, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      You’re very welcome, thanks for reading!

  2. Eric Gamble
    September 24, 2017 at 6:06 am
    Reply

    Wow, the William Vale looks impressive. Loved the views of Manhattan from your balcony and that pool area is right up my alley. Is the area around it unique and walkable or is it in its own local?

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 8, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      The area around the pool is plenty spacious and easy to walk around. I absolutely loved the views of Manhattan from my room, and especially from the rooftop bar.

  3. Patricia
    September 24, 2017 at 8:52 am
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    Definitely luxurious and fancy! This would be a good place for us for anniversary or a birthday, to treat ourselves and a nice change from our regular camping and guest houses.

    • Carmen Edelson
      September 25, 2017 at 1:08 am

      It absolutely would be! Thanks for reading, Patricia 🙂

  4. Emily
    September 25, 2017 at 8:42 am
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    Wow, what a view! I could look at that for hours. It looks like a great hotel to stay at; I think I’d leave my kids at home so I could take advantage of the bar and relax by the pool.

    • Carmen Edelson
      September 27, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Sounds like a good plan to me, Emily!

  5. Carol Colborn
    September 25, 2017 at 3:58 pm
    Reply

    Yours is indeed a luxury travel blog. You got me at all-balcony! That is indeed luxury in NYC. Plus that huge pool!

    • Carmen Edelson
      September 27, 2017 at 11:44 am

      I know, the all-balcony aspect was so impressive!

  6. Kavita Favelle | Kavey Eats
    September 26, 2017 at 1:19 pm
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    This hotel looks really amazing! I love that all rooms have balconies but yeah I’d definitely want one on the side with those views to Manhattan! Wow!

    • Carmen Edelson
      September 27, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Glad you think so too, Kavita! I hope you get to visit and enjoy.

  7. Damien McGuigan
    September 28, 2017 at 7:58 am
    Reply

    Love the balcony view at sunset and the bed does indeed look very cozy!

    • Carmen Edelson
      September 30, 2017 at 2:13 am

      The view was just stunning!

  8. Sia
    September 28, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    Not gonna lie this is simply amazing even if just for the amazing views! And having it from just outside your room is spectacular! I can just imagine waking up and walking in my robe or pyjama to have a breakfast with this view. The design and idea of this hotel are very impressive!

    • Carmen Edelson
      September 30, 2017 at 2:13 am

      I totally agree, Sia! It’s an impressive property.

  9. Claire
    September 28, 2017 at 6:11 pm
    Reply

    This hotel looks gorgeous! I love places like this that have character. And that view is amazing!

    • Carmen Edelson
      September 30, 2017 at 2:14 am

      Same here! Thanks for reading, Claire 🙂

  10. Skye
    September 28, 2017 at 7:23 pm
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    What a fun, young hotel which really suits this part of the world. We have friends in Brooklyn so this hotel looks like the perfect place to stay while visiting them. Vale Park is so cute and gorgeous. I am surprised at how generous the rooms are when space is such a premium when visiting New York and surrounds.

    • Carmen Edelson
      September 30, 2017 at 2:14 am

      I know, but you definitely get more bang for your buck in Brooklyn! I hope you get to stay here when you visit friends.

  11. Juliette
    October 1, 2017 at 4:45 am
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    Gorgeous place to stay. It looks lovely and clean and spacious – but also quite spacious which is nice. Those views are pretty darn awesome!

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 1, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      Very spacious for NY hotel room standards!

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