Brooklyn, once just for day trips, now has a thriving hotel scene full of unique, scenic options. These hip and classy boutiques make it easy and fun to stay overnight in this industrial, artsy neighborhood. Here is our pick of the best boutique hotels in Brooklyn.
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This designer boutique, opened in 2012, is one of the top art and design hotels in New York, helping to put Brooklyn’s boutique hotel scene on the map. Originally built as a factory in 1901, this waterfront property retains many of its original elements, including brickwork, cast-iron columns and windows, while bringing in contemporary features such as radiant heat floors, designer wallpaper and a nifty plug to turn your device into a surround-sound music system. The Reynard restaurant offers top-notch service and American fare, while The Ides rooftop terrace bar is considered one of the coolest in Williamsburg.
Despite being named after a 19th-century Brooklyn landowner, this Williamsburg hotel looks more to the future than the past. All 183 rooms at the William Vale are custom designed, with private balconies overlooking New York City and the East River. It also works with the Brooklyn Arts Council to fill the space with work from local artists. With a 60-foot (18.3-meter) outdoor pool – the longest in New York City – as well as a rooftop green space where a 1974 Airstream trailer serves up burgers and frozen desserts, the William Vale is a fun place to explore.
One of the newer boutiques in Brooklyn, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge has a prime location next to the famous bridge on DUMBO’s waterfront. Aiming to incorporate the surrounding Brooklyn Bridge Park into its design, the 194 guest rooms and facilities never compromise on style or substance with their naturalistic, locally-sourced and LEED-certified, eco-friendly design. The rooftop plunge pool, yoga mats and complimentary Tesla lifts make it easy to kick back and unwind.
Opened in 2008 and revamped in 2014, one of the first boutique hotels in Brooklyn remains one of its best, especially in terms of artistry. Inspired by the premise of “a simple white t-shirt with luxury jeans,” the 93 loft-like rooms are somehow laid-back, whimsical and sophisticated all at once, channeling the Brooklyn vibe with pieces by local artists. With its eco-friendliness, bike-loan program and lobby bar serving up tapas and local cocktails, NU Hotel feels as new as ever.
Another of Brooklyn’s original boutique hotels, The Tillary Hotel, formerly called Dazzler, features 174 rooms marrying Brooklyn’s industrial style with Manhattan’s Art Deco, with beautiful marble bathrooms and Italian linens. Amenities include smart TVs and plenty of USB ports to plug in your devices, plus the option to order in-room spa treatments. Make sure to check out the large indoor-outdoor beer garden, serving up Brooklyn-themed cocktails and local brews.
The McCarren Hotel bills itself as “Williamsburg Brooklyn’s Neighborhood Retreat” for good reason – with one of the largest heated outdoor pools in New York City, the McCarren Hotel often makes you feel like you’re poolside at a resort. Most of the action centers around the pool, which has plenty of comfy lounge chairs, day beds and towels, as well as live music and poolside cocktails. The rooftop bar follows suit with a beach bar vibe, overlooking McCarren Park. The accommodations are clean and simple in comparison, but nonetheless contemporary and locally-furnished, with nice amenities like rain showers.
This eight-story, slender brick building has 147 compact, comfortable rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, velvet sofas and bright pops of color against an otherwise neutral color scheme. The Williamsburg Hotel is notable for housing Brooklyn’s first grand ballroom, as well as The Water Tower, a unique rooftop bar shaped like a signature New York City water tower. Also noteworthy is the hip Brooklyn High Tea hosted at The Williamsburg’s Our Restaurant every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with funky patterned cups and pastries from Brooklyn Bread Lab.