Brooklyn’s no longer Manhattan’s little sis, with the burgeoning borough welcoming trendy boutiques, innovative restaurants (often helmed by celebrity chefs), wild nightlife and more on a daily basis. Of course, with so much to see and do in BK there’s got to be a laundry list of places for visitors to rest their weary heads, right? Here, we sift through the list to give you the hottest hotels on the other side of the East River.
McCarren Hotel & Pool: This modern, 64-room hotel overlooks its namesake McCarren Park, and guests are welcomed to views of this grassy 35-acre stretch, where any given day they can see parkgoers play bocce, basketball, football, tennis and the like from their guest rooms (Other rooms offer views of the pool.). On-site restaurant The Elm serves up New American and French fare in-room and on the rooftop. Coolness Factor: Luxury amenities include a rooftop bar, Sheltering Sky, with all-encompassing views of Manhattan, and one of New York City's largest outdoor swimming pools—one of few saltwater pools in NYC, much less the Brooklyn area.
WYTHE Hotel: Located in an early 20th century factory on Williamsburg’s waterfront, this 70-room hotel still retains many features of its home’s historic past—including exposed brick walls, pine ceilings and arched windows in guest rooms (not to mention a shout out to local businesses with full-service, locally sourced minibars). BK newbies and die-hard Brooklynites rub elbows at The Ides, the sixth-floor rooftop bar—boasting great views and a menu of small plates. For more substantial fare, on-site eatery Reynard offers a menu of New American cuisine. Coolness Factor: Shopping in Brooklyn is fab, but for those much-needed essentials, there’s no need to set foot outside of the hotel. The Shop, WYTHE’s ground-floor rotating retail space, hosts an eclectic mix of brands. Through Sept. 1, shop weekenders, totes, backpacks and swimwear from international brand A.P.C. in the space.
Condor Hotel: With a serenity-now-inducing hotel garden (complete with individual sitting areas for the utmost privacy), Condor Hotel is the perfect pick for those travelers looking for a zen-like, outer-borough urban oasis. The hotel’s other common space, the Living Room, is also considered a “calm zone” with a large flat-screen TV, ATM, computer for guest access 24/7, magazines, maps and more. Serene slumber can even be had on the hotel’s signature Condor PlushDreams beds. And, with kitchenettes in every room—boasting a microwave, stainless steel sink and refrigerator—Condor is a worthwhile option for extended-stay guests. Coolness Factor: Remember when Mom greeted you with warm cookies after a busy school day? Well, guests get a touch of that childhood nostalgia at the Condor Front Desk, where fresh baked cookies (as well as a wide selection of gourmet coffees, teas and a seasonal selection of hot chocolates or lemonade) await guests free of charge.
Aloft New York Brooklyn: As the name suggests, this hotel offers loft-inspired, comfy rooms—with nine-foot ceilings, extra-large windows, the hotel’s signature bed and oversized walk-in showers (complete with Bliss® Spa amenities) to boot. Guests can always stay connected via the hotel’s In-Touch Terminals, which provide easy Internet and email access. Coolness Factor: Of course, there’s tons to do in every Brooklyn ‘hood, but with on-site entertainment and a slew of amenities, including Re:fuel grab & go gourmet pantry, the rooftop bar Brooklyn Terrace—with picture-perfect views of the Statue of Liberty and beyond, nightlife hot spot W XYZ® Bar (complete with DJs spinning beats through the summer), Re:mixSM lounge, and the state-of-the-art gym RE:FUEL, guests will be hard-pressed to find a reason to leave the hotel.
NU Hotel Brooklyn: Guests can start the day at this 93-room boutique hotel with complimentary breakfast in the property’s café, bar and lounge, Misdemeanor, and head back later for happy hour (think wallet-friendly deals on creative cocktails) and tapas. On Thursday nights, Fatum Brothers Trio, a New York-based jazz group, serenades Misdemeanor’s patrons. Tech-savvy guests can borrow iPads, while health-conscious visitors stay fit at the 24-hour fitness center or opt for the NU You Tuesday workouts over the Brooklyn Bridge. Coolness Factor: Loft-like guest rooms are reminiscent of urban artists’ studios and feature quirky touches (think hammocks and even bathroom chalkboards in some accommodations). Guests staying in larger rooms are treated to up-close ganders at NYC’s impressive art scene—with five local artists’ Brooklyn-themed wall murals in the spaces.
hotel le bleu: This 48-room pad in Park Slope—complete with vivid blue accent lighting—is the perfect option for those travelers looking for a chic Brooklyn sojourn. A complimentary Fresh Start Basket (including low-fat yogurt, baked goods and in-room Starbucks® coffee & Tazo® tea) is just one classy touch guests can expect from this hotel’s on-point customer service. Many of the well-appointed rooms boast terraces with impressive views of the Manhattan skyline, Brooklyn Bridge or the Statue of Liberty. Coolness Factor: Accommodations offer guests plenty of room to stretch out and the eye-catching, impeccably designed glass showers are a nice touch.