Moxy Hotels continues to expand its New York empire with the opening of Moxy Brooklyn Williamsburg. The Marriott brand’s first hotel in the borough, the 216-room boutique destination aims to reflect the neighborhood’s legacy as a mecca for mavericks, immigrants, and creators as well as its contemporary social scene. Distinguished by timeless architecture by Stonehill Taylor, the 11-story property features sundrenched interiors designed by BASILE Studio in collaboration with Lightstone Design Studio.
“We wanted to pull from the unique history of immigrants that originally came to Williamsburg and tie that to the modern traveler, who brings a sense of culture and experience from around the world,” says Ashley Evans, head of design at BASILE. “Guests should feel a combination of familiarity mixed with a sense of exploration and whimsy. Not everyone’s home has 20-foot ceilings with a wall of operable bar shelving, but they may have an eclectic sense of style with collections, trinkets from travels, or treasured antiques.”
A glass façade and an airy lobby with 20-foot ceiling herald arriving guests along with overflowing foliage that enlivens a converted warehouse aesthetic. Set against clean lines, a warm, natural palette anchored by wood and plaster is accented with pops of color via artwork and furniture. An art installation by RAREculture comprising thousands of colored crayons punctuates the space behind a pair of blackened steel check-in desks and spreads across the ceiling.
Commanding focus at all-day café and cocktail venue Bar Bedford is the bar itself, equipped with motorized liquor risers made from blackened metal that ascend 20 feet behind glass and white oak panels stocked with 1,500 bottles of wine and spirits. In addition to Bar Bedford, Bar Lab Hospitality—the team behind Broken Shaker—also debuts the festive Mesiba, which nods to the convivial flair of Tel Aviv and its Bauhaus architecture with a curvaceous marble bar, Hollywood-style booths, and greenery suspended from double-height ceilings. The high-energy Jolene Sound Round draws inspiration pulls inspiration from Dolly Parton and her hit 1973 song. Slated to open this spring, the indoor-outdoor LilliStar rooftop bar will crown the hotel with an Indo-Aussie verve.
Ample daylight pours into the Moxy Brooklyn Williamsburg’s accommodations via floor-to-ceiling windows outfitted with streamlined shapes and organic materials like birch and steel. Ranging from 165 to 210 square feet, each room configuration is equipped with inspired storage solutions, including wall-mounted pegs, an open closet, and cubbies. A desk also unfolds from the wall to establish a workspace.
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