Brooklyn Heights, the upmarket New York City neighborhood, sits beside the East River. Lying in the shadow of the iconic bridge, the leafy district contains many of the hippest hotels in NYC.
Brownstones typify the area known as “America’s first suburb,” which has been home to illustrious figures including playwright Arthur Miller, civil rights activist WEB Du Bois and (briefly) President George Washington. Manhattan may be just a stop away, but for many visitors, this salubrious address is now a bigger draw.
Business travelers and event planners love the enormous Navy Ballroom and the Secret Side Bar – an al fresco venue with winter igloos, games, free popcorn, affordable drinks and a buzzing urban ambience. High-tech (everything here is smart), accessible, pet-friendly and deeply cool, the Tillary has soundproofed windows and Frette linens to encourage a restful night’s sleep in the heart of the neighborhood.
Locally themed murals grace the walls at this 93-room boutique residence, after New York street artists were commissioned to craft signature creations reflecting the heritage of the neighborhood. The result is an edgy and colorful decor that’s unique to the hotel – add your own mark by scrawling on the chalkboard wall in your bathroom. This arty vibe is offset by an otherwise minimalist aesthetic and sleek modern furnishings.
Part of the international Marriott group, the Sheraton Brooklyn suits the kind of traveler wanting the familiarity of a reliable chain hotel. Here, 25 floors house 300 bedrooms and 21 suites, as well as an Italian restaurant and a fitness center with an indoor pool. The facilities are accessible, pets are welcome and there’s on-site parking for a daily fee.
This sustainable four-star hotel is known primarily for its wellness and fitness offerings. An interior brick courtyard and living wall bring the outside in for enhanced well-being, while equipment at the Athletic Studio and in-room training zones and classes help keep you in shape during your stay. The healthy theme is extended to the food and beverage selection – try a superfood smoothie or nutrient-packed cocktail at the Cork & Kale Market and Bar.
Another eco-friendly option, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge has efficient clean energy, reclaimed rainwater systems, electric vehicles, recycled glassware and organic cotton bed linens. Crafted using materials sourced in Brooklyn, the hotel also has a sustainable farm-to-table policy in the three trendy eateries. The Bamford Wellness Spa and rooftop pool make it a go-to destination for those wanting an organic and holistic city break.
Budget-friendly and convenient, the Fairfield Inn and Suites doesn’t skimp on style. The Marriott-owned property boasts super-fast wifi, a hearty complimentary New Yorker breakfast and an arty modern atrium lobby. There’s also a 12th-floor terrace and rooftop bar with skyscraper vistas. Shop at the 24/7 grab-and-go market and relax in the minimalist lounge area.
Found in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn Heights, this boutique hotel offers guests both parking and breakfast for free. Four blocks from the subway and with an around-the-clock business center, it’s a great choice whether visiting for work or sightseeing. Here, 48 designer rooms include orthopedic mattresses with 450-thread-count Egyptian cotton bedding, minibars and 42-inch HD TVs with Bose DVD surround-sound systems.
If you’re planning a lengthy visit, or just prefer to have a self-catering option, stay at the Condor Hotel. Each room has a kitchenette and desk, while bathrooms feature deep soaking tubs with eco-friendly toiletries. Guests can take advantage of the private manicured garden, chilled lounge area and daily continental breakfast served in the dining room. And for those planning to see the city on two wheels, there’s free bike storage.