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From its restaurants and museums to parks and more, hipper-than-hip Brooklyn is a destination to explore whether or not you’re sporting an ironic beard. If you’re planning a visit, consider staying and playing in BK, as there are a host of great hotels to spend time in.
New Yorkers know the tourists from the locals as soon as they act as if the Big Apple begins and ends in Manhattan — first-time visitors often make the mistake of thinking that Manhattan hotels are the way to go when it comes to ease and convenience. But the sights aren’t all between the Battery and the Harlem River, and of all the outer boroughs, Brooklyn is gaining an international reputation that now rivals its glitzier sister across the East River.
Over the past few years, Brooklyn has experienced an impressive boom in tourism — something like 15 million visitors stop by every year, according to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. By 2018, the borough will be home to 6,000 hotel rooms — that’s almost a 50% increase since 2015, quite the change from 1998, when the Marriott opened as Brooklyn’s first hotel in more than 50 years. Back then, the chain was less than excited to embrace the location, naming the property the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. But thanks to area attractions like the Barclays Center, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Coney Island and the Brooklyn Museum, the borough remains on the travel bucket lists of millions of visitors every year.
So where should you stay? We’ve got a few suggestions.
1. McCarren Hotel & Pool
This is one of Brooklyn’s hottest hotels, especially in the summer. All rooms have a view, so whether it’s McCarren Park in a standard room or the Manhattan skyline in the penthouse, you’ll be served up some real eye candy at this Williamsburg hotel. If you’re visiting in warmer weather, take advantage of the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool — one of the largest in the city — and seasonal poolside yoga classes. Plus, rooms are modern, with amenities like Frette linens and a fitness center outfitted with Peloton bikes. 160 N. 12th St. Rates start at $268 per night in August.
2. Wythe Hotel
There is no hiding the hip factor at the Wythe Hotel — this property embraces the industrial roots that Williamsburg was founded on. Housed in a refurbished factory, the hotel rooms favor an industrial-chic design complete with heated cement floors, exposed brick, arched windows and 13-foot original timber ceilings. In a nod to the nearby art scene — galleries and creative spaces dot the hood — the Wythe Hotel proudly displays locally made furniture and art and streams Bushwick’s Heritage Radio all over the place. Plus, great views of the Manhattan skyline give you a glimpse of what’s only moments away courtesy of several nearby subway lines. Hungry? A rooftop bar and the Reynard restaurant will take care of that. 80 Wythe Avenue at N. 11th St. Rates start at $265 per night in August.
3. Hilton Brooklyn New York
You might not think of hotel chains when you think of Brooklyn, but the Hilton Brooklyn New York aims to change all that. One of downtown BK’s newest additions, the hotel feels more boutique than big, but still offers all the stuff you have grown to expect from the brand, including complimentary Wi-Fi, an on-site fitness center, room service, grab-and-go food options and executive lounges and meeting rooms. The recently opened Black Walnut Restaurant and Bar, led by celebrated Brooklyn chef Rob Newton, hosts guests and locals alike with a dinner menu inspired by the cuisines of Asia and the American South. And you can’t beat the location — both the Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade are within walking distance. Plus, the Brooklyn Bridge is at your doorstep, so a walk across the landmark is an easy option and you’ve got your choice of 11 subway lines to explore the rest of Gotham on. 140 Schermerhorn St. Rates from $224 or 58,000 Hilton Honors points per night in August.
4. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
Construction of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, near the waterfront just below Brooklyn Heights, was put on hold after Hurricane Sandy. Instead of ditching the project, the hotel group adjusted its plans and created a property that’s both beautiful and appreciative of nature. The company boasts that 54% of the hotel is made of regional and reclaimed materials — the former Domino Sugar factory and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens were two of the wood sources — and that it operates a rainwater-reclamation system that will irrigate Brooklyn Bridge Park during the summer months. Stylish rooms feature skyline views, industrial steel accents, custom hemp-blend mattresses by Keetsa and 100% organic cotton sheets. Guests can visit the rooftop for the plunge pool when appropriately warm and the fire pit during cooler months. 60 Furman St. Rates from $279 per night in August.
5. Hotel RL by Red Lion Brooklyn
Hotel RL by Red Lion Brooklyn is part of the Red Lion family of properties, and the first lifestyle boutique hotel that Bedford-Stuyvesant has ever been home to. Ultra-mod room designs include flatscreen TVs, local art, warmed hardwood floors and amenities like free Wi-Fi and Cascadia Soapery bath products. Seattle’s Victrola Coffee Roasters is on offer in the hotel’s cafe, which makes sense since RL hails from the Pacific Northwest. A performance space called the Living Stage ensures that guests will be entertained during their stay — think performance art, hands-on demos, live-mic nights, musicians and more. 1080 Broadway. Rates from $123 per night in August.
Where are your favorite places to stay in Brooklyn? Let us know in the comments, below.
Featured image courtesy of the McCarren Hotel & Pool.
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