There’s always something happening in Brooklyn – perhaps it’s a concert at Barclays Center, a new gastropub in Greenpoint or an art show in Williamsburg. And now with so many boutique hotels popping up, you can stick around and explore all it has to offer. Here are six stylish hotels in Brooklyn to consider on your next trip to the borough.
One of the original boutique hotels in Brooklyn, the 72-room Wythe is still the epicenter of cool in Billyburg. Located in a former textile factory, it has plenty to lure tourists and out-of-towners from across the river. Amid exposed brick and locally made furniture (including custom beds made from the original ceilings) are some pretty incredible Manhattan views, as well as craft cocktails in the bar and wood-oven fired dishes in Reynard. Then, before you call it a night, check out the Ides, a patio bar where you can taste drinks like the Rare Jewel, made with ruby port, Sipsmith gin, prosecco and grenadine. Entry is free with a reservation or $10 without one.
Brooklyn’s downtown is quickly becoming a hipster zone and the NU is in the center of it all. Just minutes from Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill, this fun, contemporary hotel has mod chairs and flat-screen TVs (some with Brooklyn-themed wall murals from local artists). The owners liken the decor to that of an artist’s studio. Before setting off for an Islanders or Nets game at nearby Barclays Center, relax and mingle with a drink at Misdemeanor bar – that’s really its name. If active pursuits are more your speed, rent one of the special NU orange cruisers and ride across the Brooklyn Bridge for big thrills. And don’t forget to doodle on the chalkboard wall in the bathroom!
One of the best hotels in Brooklyn, Aloft is centrally located, which makes it easy to explore surrounding neighborhoods and their intriguing culinary scenes. Plus, it’s a quick walk to Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you can take in the stunning skyline vistas including the Freedom Tower. If you’re feeling ambitious, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge – it’s something everyone should put on his or her sightseeing to-do list. Pick up a grab and go meal at the hotel, or get your workout on at the 24/7 gym on premises. At night, stop by the W XYZ bar for cool music and cocktails and stop at the Kimoto Rooftop Beer Garden for stunning city views and live music.
McCarren Hotel & Pool
Part of Chelsea Hotels with outposts in Manhattan and Montauk, this stylish Brooklyn hotel is near Williamsburg’s main drag, Bedford Avenue, so there are plenty of beer gardens, farm-to-table restaurants and wine bars within walking distance. During the warmer months, the colorful rooftop pool and lounge is the place to be (if you don’t have a friend with a Hamptons house, that is). At night, chill out with a craft cocktail at the McCarren Rooftop Bar, where the music is bumping amid incredible skyline views.
The 34-room Brooklyn is located on a busy Atlantic Avenue stretch between two up-and-coming neighborhoods, Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant. It features specially commissioned Brooklyn photographs, high ceilings and exposed brick walls. Luxury rooms offer pullout couches, modern flames electric fireplaces and even an in-room wine refrigerator. Rainfall showerheads in the bathroom are also a nice touch.
The Box House Hotel
This industrial-chic hotel in Brooklyn is in the Greenpoint, an area once filled with fertile farmland followed by rope factories and lumber yards along the East River. An old warehouse has been reborn as The Box House Hotel, with 56 loft-style suites with oak hardwood floors and modern kitchenettes. Some rooms have Manhattan views, including views of the Empire State Building, that make for relaxing havens after a day of exploring Brooklyn and beyond. In total, there are 130 rooms on premises, loaded with artwork, terraces and gorgeous decor. There’s also a fitness center (if you just have to work out) and a sauna with steam showers if you’d rather relax. There is a restaurant at the hotel and other local delights, such as the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, are within walking distance.
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