Old meets new in Brooklyn’s northernmost neighborhood, where 19th-century factory buildings and modern skyscrapers share the streets (which are named after 18th-century Greenpoint residents). Its hotels play with time by outfitting century-old industrial buildings with contemporary art and one modern structure with an authentic 1970s Airstream. Here are the best hotels in the area.
Of Greenpoint’s four hotels conceived by the Box House Hotel Group, Habitat 101 Brooklyn – available for stays of 30 days or longer – aspires to make you feel at home. The lofts in this century-old factory building have fully equipped kitchens and locally made furniture and artwork. Its lofty ceilings, large stripped wood beams and other architectural features provide a welcoming atmosphere.
With 50 uniquely furnished rooms featuring handpicked antiques and works by Brooklyn artists, the Henry Norman Hotel is a quintessential boutique accommodation. Housed within a 19th-century warehouse, it has an airy interior and private terraces with front-row views of Manhattan’s skyline.
Franklin Guesthouse provides an elegant experience. Original timber and tin ceilings rise 13ft (4m) above hardwood floors in its 30 suites, all of which come artfully decorated in soothing neutral tones. It also offers luxurious amenities, such as a sauna and a laundry room; some suites even have a kitchen with a dishwasher. It also has an on-site restaurant and bar, Madre, which specializes in international fare made with local ingredients.
Everything guests have come to expect from the Box House Hotel Group – known for its industrial-chic designs and residential vibes – can be found at its namesake property. A modern four-story addition enhances this converted factory, blending hardwood floors, antiques and terraces in its apartment-style loft suites. The Brooklyn Lantern, an on-site restaurant and bar specializing in “creative American cuisine,” embodies the Box House Hotel’s delicious balance between old and new.
Williamsburg residents might be surprised to learn that their favorite neighborhood hangout is technically in Greenpoint. The William Vale, home to a trendy rooftop bar, sits just within the neighborhood’s boundaries. A 60ft pool, 22 modern stories and burgers served out of a 1974 Airstream are all “standard” amenities here.