LO­CA­TION 9/10

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Few neigh­bour­hoods have seen such rapid gen­tri­fi­ca­tion over the past decade as the hip­ster strong­hold of Wil­liams­burg, with for­merly in­dus­trial ware­house spa­ces now oc­cu­pied by fash­ion­able cof­fee shops, cock­tail bars, night­clubs and high-end cloth­ing stores. With myr­iad ex­cel­lent restau­rants, in­clud­ing Rey­nard, Fette Sau and St Anselm, all within a 15-minute stroll, there’s no real rea­son to even cross the river to Man­hat­tan. If you must, though, the L train sub­way is a five-minute walk, and the East River Ferry dock eight min­utes away. floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows of­fer­ing views across the river to Man­hat­tan, or over Brook­lyn.

Bath­rooms are min­i­mal and stylish, with white sub­way tiles, brass fit­tings and toi­letries by bl_nk. Help­ful lit­tle note­books of­fer in­for­ma­tion and tips on the area, along with a map, and a 10-book li­brary, cu­rated in­di­vid­u­ally for each room by a “Hox friend”, one of 175 lo­cal busi­ness own­ers and artists, and a retro-style phone, with an hour of free in­ter­na­tional calls.

The Hox­ton brand has a strict “no rip-offs” pol­icy, and to that end, rooms fea­ture ket­tles, tea and cof­fee and a small fridge to stock your­self, while a free light break­fast of juice, ba­nana and a “break­fast pot” is de­liv­ered in a pa­per bag in the morn­ing. There’s no over­priced mini­bar, but snacks and drinks are avail­able to buy 24/7 at re­cep­tion, and at the cof­fee bar in the lobby. avail­able as room ser­vice) fea­tures a full English break­fast ($19/£14.50) and sal­ads and sand­wiches, in­clud­ing a fried chicken sand­wich ($16/£12).

The din­ner menu in­cludes shrimp and pork belly skew­ers ($17/£13), a strip steak ($42/£32) and bu­ca­tini and meat­balls ($24/£18.50).

A more re­laxed menu (chips and dips; sand­wiches; pitch­ers of cock­tails) is served in Back­yard, the sec­ond-floor ter­race bar above

Klein’s with ping-pong ta­bles, fairy lights and sun loungers, while Sum­merly serves east coast fare, in­clud­ing lob­ster rolls and oys­ters.

BAR WITH A VIEWThe stun­ning rooftop Sum­merly bar and restau­rant

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