Henry Norman Hotel
What We Love
- Staff that’s eager to please
- Striking views of Manhattan from city-facing rooms
- It’s a short walk to pretty Msgr. McGolrick Park
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What To Know
- The location is off the beaten path from the restaurants and shops of Greenpoint and Williamsburg (the hotel offers a free shuttle service though)
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Housed in a converted 19th-century warehouse, the Henry Norman (named for the cross-section of streets it sits on) has retained its industrial roots in the décor but, thanks to smart, friendly service, manages to also feel warm and welcoming. Loft-style rooms are modern and airy, with hardwood floors, white and grey color schemes and contemporary art work. You’ll want to move into the suites—some of which have private terraces overlooking Manhattan—as well as kitchenettes, dining tables and separate living areas.
In the Area
Take advantage off the hotel’s free shuttle service and explore Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. Wander up Franklin Street for shopping at spots like Alter clothing, Academy Records and Word bookshop, which often hosts readings from local authors. If you’re up for a bit of a wait for dinner, hit Paulie Gee’s a Brooklyn favorite for gourmet pizzas (including vegan options) or visit Glasserie—housed in the former home of Greenpoint Glass Works—for seasonal small plates. And for brunch, an NYC institution, we like the egg biscuit sandwich paired with a mimosa at cozy Anella or, if the weather is on the warmer side, the charming garden at French bistro Le Gamin for crepes.
How to Get There
1. Free Parking*
2. Room was nirvana, as was sleep; great value!
1. Free Parking; *while the property is upfront about it, figuring out the myriad restrictions was, at least for me, akin to playing musical chairs as you may have to frequently move your vehicle at odd hours or park blocks away.
2. Very long check-in process even though I was the only guest at the desk at 10:30 PM. Also extending things was requirement to fill-in a form with your name, address, e-mail, etc., even though you provided it online when reserving. What year is it? For such a hip hotel, even that was too retro for me.
3. No onsite restaurant, so be prepared to walk lest moving your car, again.
4. Pricey, extended checkout policy of $75.00 per hour after 11 AM even though property was far from full.
SUMMARY: May consider another stay only if I’m not driving, but more likely to check out their other two Brooklyn properties first.
My family (2 adults, 2 children) stayed here for a night and we were pleased with the excellent customer service we received. I am HUGE on the way an establishment treats their guests. This staff obviously knows how to make one feel welcomed! We were greeted by Samantha and Nigel who checked us in a speedy manner and were pleasant.
We stayed in the penthouse which was perfect for my family of four. It was spacious (two bedrooms) and clean. It also had an outdoor Terrance. There were many touches of eclectic and charming pieces from the hotel lobby and all through out the rooms. I was able to use the gym and get in a quick run on their treadmill. They also had a small selection of pastries and coffee in the morning for breakfast.
My only complaint was that the water temperature from the faucet was really hot. We all had to be careful with the ratio of hot to cold when turning on the water.
We truly enjoyed our stay. We would definitely consider staying here again when looking for lodging in Brooklyn!
I like the design of my room, and they have shuttle car, even though sometime it took a long time to get the car.
All staff were so kind, i felt they truly care about their customers. The front desk, Ronnie, angie were really helpfull also the driver john and odin.
They all have a great hospitality and will always be a special place to stay in New York.