Dumbo, which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, is a historic district of New York City known for its cobbled streets, arts and tech communities, and trendy shops and restaurants. Check out our shortlist of the five best hotels in the area.
Sitting at the junction of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, Dumbo has experienced something of a cultural revival in recent years. Now an artistic hub full of repurposed warehouses and exciting eateries, this is an area of the city you’ll want to fully explore – and the best way to do that is to stay at one of the cool hotels this side of the East River.
On the edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park, just blocks from the bridge, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is at the center of the action in Dumbo. With stunning waterfront and skyline views, this hotel is done out with plants and reclaimed local materials. In addition, the building is LEED-certified and powered by wind energy – a big draw for the eco-friendly traveler. Other perks include a rooftop plunge pool, complimentary Tesla rides within a 3mi (4.8km) radius and on-demand meditation videos and yoga mats, making for a truly relaxing stay. There are plenty of opportunities to indulge, too, with cocktails at Harriet’s Rooftop and Lounge on the 10th floor.
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 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 chic style, eco-friendly minimalist design and bike-loan program. The suites, all of which are colorful, comfy and outfitted with organic linens, are designed in a variety of styles – some have bunk beds, while others come 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 itself. Close to multiple subway lines, it 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-hour gym and the WXYZ Bar, serving discounted drinks at happy hour daily.
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 centerpiece of Hotel Indigo, which not only hosts local works curated by the Brooklyn Arts Council, it’s also 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.