Lonely Planet Writer

Get a breath of fresh air at a new hotel that's becoming Brooklyn locals' hottest spot for pool parties

Two key summer essentials: poolside drinks and Insta-worthy city skyline views. Both can be found at the William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. Opened in late May, the hotel boasts what is billed as the longest outdoor pool in New York City at 60 feet long and sweeping rooftop views of the Manhattan skyline, drawing travelers from both near and far this summer.

The pool at the William Vale Hotel.
The pool at the William Vale Hotel. Image by Jody Klvort

From top to bottom and with open-air balconies for every guest room, the William Vale offers plenty of outdoor spaces. The Vale Park is a 15,000-square-foot elevated green space for guests and visitors, complete with urban gardens, landscaped patches of grass, and city-facing views all to be enjoyed from the comfort of a luxury park bench. Another perk: Mister Dips, an airstream food truck right in the park, serving summer fare to patrons.

The William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn.
The William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn. Image by Jody Klvort

Possibly the best attraction of the summer for both Williamsburg natives & Manhattanites is the William Vale pool. As the longest in Brooklyn and greater New York area, lounge chairs for sipping cocktails from the Vale Pool bar line the deck, while finding a spot to dip in and cool off in the expansive pool is not an issue. Daybeds and cabanas can be reserved for different size groups while pool chairs are complimentary on a first-come, first served basis.

Brooklyn's newest hotspot.
Brooklyn’s newest hotspot. Image by Noah Fecks

And perhaps the most interesting intended feature of the William Vale, is its purpose as not just a hotel, but as a centralized hub for the spirited neighborhood of Williamsburg. The hotel is just one of the new establishments contributing to the rapid expansion of Williamsburg and its ever-growing reputation as the all-the-rage destination outside the realm of Manhattan. The space offers three restaurants, Leuca, Westlight, and Mister Dips and event spaces for weddings, parties, and gatherings can be found around the hotel.

Fit for a New Yorkers staycation or an out-of-towners vacation, the new William Vale Hotel is proving to be a prime spot to take advantage of all that Williamsburg has to offer this summer, from sampling unique bites at Smorgasborg, to exploring the waterfront by bike.