The Best Hotels in Brooklyn

Williamsburg Bridge Street Scene in Brooklyn, New York City
Williamsburg Bridge Street Scene in Brooklyn, New York City | © Ryan Deberardinis / Alamy Stock Photo
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17 November 2020

For travelers seeking unusual experiences, Brooklyn offers plenty when it comes to places to stay. From nature-inspired waterfront retreats to accommodation in a 117-year-old factory building. These are the best hotels in New York’s most populous borough.

The William Vale

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One of Brooklyn’s only five-star hotels is appropriately plonked on the edge of happening Williamsburg, near the Nitehawk dine-in cinema and the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Work up a sweat at the high-tech gym before grabbing a lounger by New York’s largest outdoor hotel pool. Rooms echo the facade’s high-tech aesthetic, and the four dining options range from playful food-truck Mister Dips to modern Italian at Leuca, all curated by Michelin-starred chef Andrew Carmellini.

Hotel RL Brooklyn

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Edging both the clubbers’ paradise of Bushwick and the Bedford-Stuyvesant district, you’ll be spoiled for choice with places to eat, drink and party in proximity of this hotel’s prime location – although its own bar, The Lounge, also offers excellent cocktails. Spend the night here knowing you’re giving back, too; some of the proceeds from your stay will go on to support Project Wake Up Call, set up by the Red Lion group to provide food and services to Brooklyn’s homeless.

BKLYN House Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel
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Styling itself as Brooklyn’s first boutique hotel, BKLYN House, just two minutes on foot from Flushing Avenue subway, combines the privacy of a hotel with the convivial common spaces and murals of a hostel. Continental breakfast and daily newspapers are complimentary, while staff are on hand to assist with the very best restaurant and theater recommendations when you’re heading out. The location, in the northwest corner of Bushwick, can be occasionally noisy, so opt for a room on a higher floor.

The Wythe

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel, Hotel
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The Wythe
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Fusing high-end minimalism with industrial chic, the Wythe has transformed the WWII munitions factory space it occupies. The hotel prides itself on eco-friendly credentials – bathroom products are produced at nearby Rockaway Beach, while beds are made from reclaimed ceiling timber. Meanwhile, the hotel’s own curator selects art for the bedrooms and communal areas, which double as gallery space for emerging artists. Plus, the French brasserie, le Crocodile, is one of the best in town.

Hoxton Williamsburg

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The Hoxton, Williamsburg
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What happens when you combine the ultra-trendy Williamsburg neighbourhood with the unbridled creativity of the London-based Hoxton hotel chain? A hipster utopia emerges – one filled with millennial-pink wing chairs and a cacophony of prints. Expect clever design, such as fold-down desks, under-bed drawers and floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the rooms with natural light. Elsewhere, don’t miss lobster rolls and rosé at Summerly, the fabulous rooftop bar.

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  • Franklin Guesthouse

    Boutique Hotel
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    For Greenpoint apartment-style living with hotel amenities, the Franklin Guesthouse delivers. Most of the mid-century modern suites have their own fridge and kitchenette, and feature thoughtful touches such as a throw on the sofa, Pharmacopia toiletries and commissioned art by Brooklyn-based Kip Jacobs. There’s no breakfast included, but the Madre on-site restaurant serves delicately spiced cocktails and artful seafood platters.

    Henry Norman

    Boutique Hotel
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    The Franklin’s unconventional sister hotel is based in a 19th-century textile warehouse in Greenpoint. Studios and suites have bags of character regardless of price – a weathered coffee table here, a cable-knit pillow there. For Manhattan skyline views, splurge on a penthouse suite with a wooden terrace and hope for good weather. Make the most of the complimentary vintage car service, which will ferry you around Greenpoint’s excellent restaurants and boutiques.

    1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

    Boutique Hotel, Eco Hotel
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    This five-star hotel lures travelers with unbeatable views of the Manhattan skyline, which are best enjoyed from Harriet’s Lounge craft cocktail bar, the rooftop bar and plunge pool. Meanwhile, the foliage-filled lobby nods to the hotel’s green philosophy: recycled wood, shower timers and chalkboards in place of notebooks are just some of the sustainable touches you’ll find here.

    Nu Hotel

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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    NU Hotel Brooklyn, Dumbo, New York
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    Within the village-like Boerum Hill district, this unfussy boutique gets the essentials spot-on, such as feather-soft Egyptian cotton sheets, fluffy breakfast bagels and a pet-friendly policy. Choose a room to fit your personality – whether that’s pared-back and minimal or eclectic and bold. In the Nu Perspective Rooms you’ll find commissioned artworks, like the Frida Kahlo dream mural by Brooklyn-based Mexican artist Miguel Ayuso.

    This article is an updated version of a story created by Julia Goicochea.

    These recommendations were updated on November 17, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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