Manhattan might be the convention capital of the United States, but Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood — just across the East River — is gearing up to capture its own piece of the action.
The borough will add nearly 1,000 hotel rooms in 2016, according to hospitality research firm STR, including 183 guest rooms and suites in the 21-story William Vale hotel, which is scheduled to open this spring but is booking meetings and events now.
The hotel joins such neighbors as the Wythe, Condor and McCarren, all boutique hotels in a former industrial zone that has become an in-demand residential, retail and office destination.
The William Vale will have about 7,000 square feet of meeting and reception space, including a ballroom (capacity: 315) with a speaker prep room; two conference rooms (capacity: 75 each) with stadium seating and AV equipment; and 40,000 square feet of space in a first-floor retail area and second-floor green space for receptions.
The Wythe, a former textile factory, has 72 guest rooms and 30,000 square feet of event space including 18 meeting rooms and 26 breakout rooms. The Condor has 35 guest rooms and 3,000 square feet of modular meeting space, including a ballroom (capacity: 200 banquet). And the McCarren Hotel & Pool has 65 guest rooms and can accommodate groups up to 150 for events and business meetings.