DUMBO, short for ‘Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass,’ is a historic district known for its cobblestone streets, arts and tech communities, and its trendy shops and eateries. If you’re interested in checking out the area, this is our shortlist of the five best hotels near DUMBO.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
Boutique Hotel, Eco Hotel
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge prides itself on being an eco-conscious establishment
Built on the edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park and just blocks away from the bridge itself, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is at the center of the action in DUMBO. With waterfront and skyline views, this hotel incorporates natural beauty throughout, using native greenery and reclaimed materials from around New York City. In addition, the building is LEED certified and powered by wind energy, so it’s a definite must for the eco-friendly traveler. Other perks include the rooftop plunge pool, complimentary Tesla rides within a three-mile (4.8-kilometer) radius and on-demand meditation videos and yoga mats, making for a truly relaxing stay.
Once known as the Dazzler, Downtown Brooklyn’s first boutique hotel still dazzles in its own right with its modern, Art Deco-inspired design. The Tillary’s location makes it easy to explore DUMBO as well as Brooklyn Heights and Fort Greene. With in-room spa treatments and an indoor-outdoor beer garden serving Brooklyn-themed cocktails and local brews, The Tillary is one of the hippest places in this growing neighborhood.
The NU Hotel is distinctly Brooklyn, with its style, eco-friendly minimalist design and bike-loan program. The suites, all of which are colorful, comfy and outfitted with organic linens, are made to fit a variety of styles, with some including bunk beds and others furnished with hammocks or other fun quirks. The lobby bar serves up tapas by a celebrity chef, as well as local cocktails and borough-inspired treats.
Sleek, colorful and modern, Aloft is hip and happening – just like the neighborhood. Close to multiple subway lines, this hotel provides easy access to lots of New York City landmarks, as well as custom spa amenities, a 24/7 gourmet pantry (complete with cappuccino machine) and a rooftop pool. Also on the premises are a 24/7 gym and the W XYZ Bar, serving discounted drinks for happy hour seven days a week.
This boutique hotel near the Barclays Center describes itself as “a crossroads of art and culture,” with touches of Baroque, traditional and contemporary influences in the design to reflect the neighborhood’s history. Art is a huge centerpiece of Hotel Indigo, which hosts a local art collection curated by the Brooklyn Arts Council and boasts a location near the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Brooklyn Ballet. The rooftop terrace offers peaceful, picturesque views of Manhattan and Brooklyn on pleasant days, and downstairs, the Brooklyn Brewhouse serves up classic pub food like Atomic Wings (a New York City delicacy).