The William Vale, Williamsburg’s new hotel, is set to open in August

Eye on Real Estate

July 6, 2016 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
There's a new hotel on the horizon in Billyburg — the William Vale. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan
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You can see it from the Kosciuszko Bridge.

And from the Greenpoint ferry pier.

That’s the William Vale standing tall in the distance, the latest addition to the Williamsburg skyline.

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Billyburg has its share of buildings with instantly recognizable silhouettes. The soon-to-open Wythe Avenue hotel is one of them.

We were on the bridge coming from Queens the other day, and got an eyeful of Riverside Developers’ distinctive-looking 23-story boutique hotel.

The following day, we headed to Williamsburg for an up-close look at the hotel, whose address is 111 N. 12th St.

The William Vale is scheduled to open in August, its website says.

The hotel’s exteriors, as seen from the sidewalks of Wythe Avenue and N. 12th and N. 13th streets, give every indication that it will be ready to receive visitors by then.

Plantings were sprouting lush and green at an elevated, 15,000-square-foot public green space on one corner of the property. Workers were cleaning transparent balcony walls on the side of the building that faces Berry Street.

We took a ride on the ferry to snap additional photos of the hotel. It’s an eye-catcher even from the ferry pier in Greenpoint.

The William Vale looks oh-so-different than it did in May 2015 when Riverside Developers’ Mordy Steinfeld gave us a hard-hat tour. At that time, the poured-in-place concrete structure was just eight stories tall.


Corner suites for $675 per night

The William Vale has 183 rooms, 25 of which are suites.

By the way, all 183 rooms have balconies.

A recent online price check for rooms available in August turned up options ranging from $375 plus tax per night for a room with a king-size bed and a 71-square-foot balcony to $675 plus tax per night for a corner suite with a bedroom, a living room and a 309-square-foot wrap-around balcony.

One of the William Vale’s distinctive features is a 60-foot outdoor swimming pool. According to the hotel’s website, it is New York City’s longest hotel pool. Other standout features include a ballroom that holds 315 people and a 23rd-floor rooftop lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony.

Chef Andrew Carmellini — best known to foodies for his work at Tribeca restaurant Locanda Verde and a SoHo restaurant called the Dutch  — and his business partners Josh Pickard and Luke Ostrom are in charge of the William Vale’s food and beverage operations.

The Wythe and the Williamsburg are nearby

Other hotels are just down the street from the William Vale.

It seems like only yesterday that the Walentases’ company, Two Trees Management, turned century-plus-old Weidmann Cooperage into the Wythe. The popular hotel is located at 80 Wythe Ave.

Heritage Equity Partners, which is Toby Moskovits’ company, is continuing construction on the Williamsburg Hotel, which is located at 96 Wythe Ave. A publicist for the Williamsburg Hotel told us via email that the 150-room property will open in late summer.

Early-stage construction is underway on the Hoxton, a British hotel that will be located at 97 Wythe Ave.

The Hoxton’s site is currently a hole in the ground. We know this because we peeked through the construction fence the day we visited the William Vale.

The Hoxton is set to open in 2017, its website says.


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