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New York City’s fastest-growing borough, Brooklyn, is one of the trendiest and most unique places to visit, with 700 arts and cultural institutions and 30 miles of waterfront. A hotel stay in Brooklyn means you're centrally located for visits to Coney Island, Prospect Park or a stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge. Here are 10 top choices for hotels in Brooklyn, with options for couples, families, solo travelers and those on a budget.
Best Overall: Henry Norman Hotel
The creators of the popular The Box House Hotel applied their unique style to this new Greenpoint gem, and the result is a fresh, urban look. Once a 19th-century warehouse, there are now 50 bright and airy rooms with a minimum of 220 square feet, as well as oak hardwood floors, mini refrigerators, iPod docking stations, local artwork and flat-screen HD televisions. The Henry Norman Hotel also has a fitness center, sauna and business center – although, there is no bar or restaurant on the property. The beautiful McGolrick Park is within walking distance to the hotel, as well as several dining options. A courtesy car service will deliver guests within a mile radius to the nearest point of interest or subway entrance for further jaunts around the city.
Best In Williamsburg: Wythe Hotel
Constructed in 1901 as a factory on the Williamsburg waterfront, the Wythe Hotel now offers 70 designer rooms with trendsetting amenities. Rooms feature heated floors, tall ceilings, exposed brick, in-room surround sound (that you can control from an iPhone), artistic wallpaper and locally crafted furniture. Several rooms and lofts have floor-to-ceiling windows with outstanding views of the Manhattan skyline. The on-site restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, and the cinema frequently hosts a selection of unique films. The rooftop bar on the 6th floor is a popular place to sip a specialty cocktail and take in the city views.
Best Budget: Pointe Plaza Hotel
Located in a quiet, residential neighborhood in Williamsburg, Pointe Plaza Hotel provides a comfortable stay at affordable prices, with basic amenities like a small fitness center, business center and continental breakfast. The immediate area surrounding the hotel doesn’t have any tourism attractions and the closest subway station is a bit of a hike, however, the hotel offers a free shuttle service to the station and the friendly staff is quick to assist with needs. Each of the 70 extremely spacious rooms feature flat-screen televisions, free WiFi and soaking tubs with rainfall showerheads. Modern décor is found throughout, and suites also include full kitchens and separate living areas.
Best Design: Box House Hotel
Bright, colorful and artistic, the Box House Hotel stands out in a sea of hip hotels that are cropping up around Brooklyn. The 57 apartment-style rooms have hardwood floors, antiques and contemporary art from local Brooklyn artists, ultra-modern kitchenettes, alcove bedrooms and iPod dock stations. Unique touches to the public spaces include stained glass window panels, sprawling murals and exposed ceiling beams with designer chandeliers. The on-site restaurant and bar, Brooklyn Lantern, serves new American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch in a stylish vintage setting. Additional hotel amenities include a fitness center with steam showers and dry sauna, as well as a free shuttle that transports guests in a 1970s checker cab around the Greenpoint neighborhood. Parking is entirely side street, and the nearest subway is about a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
Best for Singles: Hotel Indigo
The 128-room Hotel Indigo is located between the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights and Borem Hill, just a short walk from the subway, Barclays Center and a quick cab ride to Prospect Park – the Central Park of Brooklyn. Starting at 124 square feet, the rooms are tight but comfortable for one or two travelers. Rooms are pet-friendly and feature sophisticated, creative décor, local artwork, hardwood floors and amenities like 40-inch televisions, free WiFi and spa bathrooms. Guests can mingle at the Brooklyn Brewhouse bar and restaurant at the hotel, which offers more than 40 beers and American fare with plenty of small bites for a quick snack. A rooftop patio, business center and fitness center are also available, as well as parking (for an additional charge).
Best Boutique: The Brooklyn, A Hotel
The spacious rooms at The Brooklyn, A Hotel, are a welcome surprise in New York, and have fresh décor that blends exposed brick walls with wooden ceilings, historic photos and carefully selected lighting fixtures. Modern comforts in the 34 hotel rooms include Simmons Euro-top beds for a good night’s rest, Nespresso machines, huge flat-screen televisions and a microwave and refrigerator. Guests can enjoy free breakfast in a beautifully designed restaurant, pump some iron at the fitness center or stop by the market for convenience items. The hotel is located between Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant – a neighborhood that is currently up-and-coming. Reaching tourism attractions from this hotel requires transportation, but it is just steps from the subway station and the Long Island Railroad. Parking is an additional charge.
Best for Families: Hampton Inn
Opened in July 2014, the 117-room Hampton Inn Brooklyn/Downtown is located in the heart of downtown Brooklyn at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge, making it an ideal jumping-off point for families interested in exploring Brooklyn or Manhattan. The hotel has a free hot breakfast buffet, a full bar and a cozy fireplace in the lobby. In addition, there’s a fitness center, business center and a convenient 24-hour market for any necessary items - not to mention a wonderful, welcoming staff. High chairs, rollaway beds, and cribs are available for little ones, and there’s a playground just across the street at Mclaughlin Park. Standard Rooms with Double beds include 42-inch flat-screen televisions, free WiFi, coffee makers and spacious baths. Parking is available for an additional (but hefty) charge, and they don't allow in-and-out parking.
Best for Friends: McCarren Hotel Brooklyn
The outdoor pool at the 64-room, McCarren Hotel is a popular scene with the Brooklyn locals, and in the evenings the rooftop bar turns into a nightlife hotspot with views of the Manhattan skyline in the backdrop. This trendy hotel is ideal for friends looking to mingle, with most guests in the under-40 crowd (rooms near the rooftop bar can be noisy). Perched in the heart of Williamsburg, shops and restaurants are within walking distance, and the Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Winery, Williamsburg Bridge, are also just a stone’s throw away. Hotel amenities include poolside yoga, a fitness center, in-room dining and Oleanders restaurant, which is open for dinner daily or brunch on Sunday. Standard Rooms are 225 square feet and have minibars, flat-screen televisions, glass-enclosed rain showers and free WiFi.
Best for Couples/Romance: The Condor Hotel
Mood lighting in the lobby sets the tone for romance at this chic, four-star hotel on the southern edge of Williamsburg, located within walking distance of the Barclays Center. Hotel rooms are quiet, spacious and luxurious, with contemporary décor and comforts such as kitchenettes with a microwave and refrigerator, and bathrooms with soaking tubs and eco-friendly toiletries. A free continental breakfast and high-speed WiFi are included. Parking is available on the street or in the lot across the street for an additional charge.
Runner-Up, Best Budget: Best Western Plus Prospect Park
If finding an affordable stay in New York’s pricey hotel scene is a top travel priority, the Best Western Plus Prospect Park is an excellent choice. The location next to a subway station makes getting around the city a breeze, and there are a handful of dining options surrounding the hotel itself. Get a workout in at the fitness center or sweat off some stress in the steam room and sauna. A free breakfast buffet is included, and rooms on the upper floors come with beautiful city views. A welcoming staff makes guests feel at home, and rooms are basic but adequate, with flat-screen televisions, mini refrigerators, coffee makers and free WiFi. Parking, however, is an additional charge.