The Wythe Hotel started out with the discovery of an unused factory building on the Williamsburg waterfront. Dating back to 1901, the building was originally a cooperage that made casks and barrels, and was later used as a textile factory. Turning the hulk into a 72-room hotel and international culture hub was a years-in-the-making process.
The original wood "guts" of the building were reused to make the hotel's bed frames and ceilings, but the original brick facade and wood beams still set the tone, albeit in a thoroughly old-school-minimalist way.
Opened in 2012, the Wythe greets guests with a floor-to-ceiling illustration depicting the history of Brooklyn in the lobby. Their farm-to-table restaurant Reynards is considered one of the top hotel restaurants in the U.S. and offers one of the best views of the Manhattan skyline.