Deciding among the few Williamsburg hotels on offer? Consider the McCarren Hotel & Pool (formerly known as the King & Grove Hotel). This place wows with its sleek, contemporary design, swanky rooftop bar, and large outdoor pool—bringing a bit of a Miami vibe to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The 64 guestrooms are edgy and modern with luxurious touches like plush beds, marble bathrooms, and minibars stocked with goodies from local brands. The hotel is close to the action on bustling Bedford Avenue, but ideally situated on a quiet street overlooking McCarren Park. Use of the pool is open to non-guests for a fee, so you may see me looking very non-Miami in the lounger next to you, vigorously applying sunblock and sipping a signature cocktail in my vintage swim dress. 160 North 12th St., between Bedford Ave. and Berry Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-218-7500; Website: http://www.chelseahotels.com/us/brooklyn/mccarren-hotel-and-pool.
Photos courtesy of King & Grove