Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg poised to become hipster Hilton

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Two Trees Development’s long-stalled hotel, Wythe Hotel, opened to guests on Tuesday, starting at $179 per night.
A room looks out on street art by the artist Espo.
Hotel guests and scenesters should congregate in the hotel’s ground floor bar, run by star resteraunter Andrew Tarlow.
Andrew Tarlow and Peter Lawrence are excited about the hotel’s opening.
Williamsburg’s newest hotel opened for business on May 1 at Wythe Avenue and N. 11th Street.

The Wythe Hotel opened for business on Tuesday, offering 72 rooms boasting original details, modern street art, a restaurant serving seasonal fare, posh bars, a theater for film screenings, and skyline views of Manhattan from the roof of the neighborhood’s newest luxury hotel.

The hotel is built around the skeleton of a barrel and cask factory, constructed in 1901. The development company Two Trees — which played a huge role converting DUMBO from a neighborhood of factories into a booming residential and tech community with the borough’s highest rents — preserved some of the old while adding up-to-date features.

A Williamsburg carpenter assembled the beds and desks using wood salvaged from the building, while designers left the ceilings adorned with some of the factory’s original southern yellow hard pine beams.

But it’s not all antique — the rooms feature audio inputs so guests can blast their favorite tracks from their iPods rooms via in-the-wall speakers.

Updated 3:26 pm, May 2, 2012
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