Put aside those Eloise-inspired Plaza Hotel fantasies and trust us when we say that Brooklyn's growing fleet of cutting-edge hotels is the best the city has to offer. Within the last five years, the borough across the bridge has become home to an eclectic collection of the Big Apple's top accommodations, boasting bang-for-your-buck deals, panoramic views and access to some of the city's hottest restaurants. And with more hotels on the way, Brooklyn is quickly becoming New York's premier place to spend some quality R&R.
You might be a bit farther away from Midtown's tourist attractions, but the absence of late-night incessantly honking taxis is reason enough to opt for one of these seven breathtaking hotels.
① NU Hotel (Downtown Brooklyn)
This centrally located Downtown Brooklyn hot spot includes in-room floor-to-ceiling murals and a variety of rooms, including a Friends & Family Suite with bunk beds for the little ones and an Urban Suite, complete with a leisurely hammock. Rent a complimentary bike to explore the surrounding neighborhoods, and you'll be blending in like a local in no time.
② The William Vale (Williamsburg)
The design-focused William Vale features the longest hotel pool in all of New York, plus a 5,000-square-foot outdoor event terrace for all your party needs. And with Leuca's Andrew Carmellini in charge of the cocktail and dining programs, we wouldn't blame you if you never even step foot off the grounds.
③ Wythe Hotel (Williamsburg)
A rooftop bar with specialty cocktails, heated floors in each guest room and locally crafted furniture are just some of the Wythe's epic perks. Weathered brick walls and preserved late-19th century details abound in this posh and very Instagrammable hotel.
④ The Williamsburg Hotel (Williamsburg)
This luxury boutique hotel's stunning 10-foot windows and top-notch amenities rival even the swankiest of Manhattan accommodations. But with four bars and a seasonal pop-up eatery on-site, the real draw is the endless array of food and drink options.
⑤ Franklin Guesthouse (Greenpoint)
Beneath each suite's soaring 13-foot-high ceilings, you'll find a mix of contemporary art and casual furniture that give the place a decidedly homey vibe. It's a welcome change from the gilded glitz of some of Manhattan's more ostentatious lodgings.
⑥ The Box House Hotel (Greenpoint)
Carefully curated art and handpicked antiques adorn this Greenpoint getaway's uniquely outfitted lofts, and some suites even feature private terraces with dazzling skyline views. Be sure to drop into Perch, the hotel's restaurant and bar, for a stiff cocktail and live jazz.
⑦ Henry Norman Hotel (Greenpoint)
A converted 19th-century warehouse, this sunlit North Brooklyn boutique from the folks behind the nearby Box House offers expansive penthouses with private rooftop decks. Try finding that kind of amenity across the Brooklyn Bridge.
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