What We Love
- The hotel’s sense of place, seen in Brooklyn-themed art and design
- Exploring NYC’s most vibrant borough, full of parks, museums, and eclectic shops and restaurants
- Sunny, stylish rooms equipped with perks like Nespresso machines and luxury toiletries.
- Complimentary buffet-style continental breakfast
What To Know
- Junior Suites are extra spacious at 418 square feet (huge by New York standards)
- On-site fitness center
- Event space for 100 people
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
This 34-room property takes inspiration from its Brooklyn location, showcasing artworks that provide a sense of place along with exposed brick walls and wooden ceilings. Local design firm Espacios Design Studio commissioned photographs of the borough from historian Brian Merlis, whose large-scale prints span historic shots of iconic places like Brooklyn Bridge, Borough Hall, and Brighton Beach as well as contemporary streetscapes. There are plenty of modern furnishings as well, including an eye-catching chandelier by Gabriel Scott at the entrance made of asymmetrical metallic chains. For now, a limited selection of bites and drinks are available at a small bar by the lobby, but a restaurant serving American fare and a rooftop lounge are scheduled to open soon. Guest rooms are spacious by New York City standards, ranging in 160 to 420 square feet, and are outfitted with fluffy Euro-top beds, 300-thread-count linens, and welcome perks like Nespresso machines.
In the Area
Straddling Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant, two diverse and up-and-coming Brooklyn neighborhoods, the hotel is a perfect vantage point from which to experience the borough’s more authentic side. Some of the area’s most important cultural destinations, such as the Brooklyn Museum and the gorgeous Botanic Garden, are within walking distance. And the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a 150-year-old center that features an outstanding roster of concerts, plays, and movies, is 15 minutes away by subway. After a show, stop for dinner at Berlyn across the street, a chic vintage-inspired venue serving German specialties. Then head for beer at one of the many halls nearby: Berg’n, a highlight, slings microbrews (and various noshes) in a hip industrial setting. For fine dining, look no further than the Michelin-starred Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare for a memorable tasting menu (but be sure to book a spot far in advance).
How to Get There
At first glance, the room was nicely furnished and modern. The lobby area is decent as well. Just a few blocks from the station (which was still being constructed and had no elevator to lift your bags up the two stories).
Now the cons, which perhaps were unique to the two nights I stayed there, but unfortunately they still warrant my two-star rating:
- Toilet was clogged upon check-in around 4pm. I immediately notified the front desk. As I left the hotel at 6pm, I reminded them again so that the problem would be fixed when I returned around 1am. However, the toilet hadn't been touched by the time I returned, so I had to take my dumps in the lobby restroom. The next morning, I asked the front desk again to fix my toilet as I left the hotel. When I returned in the evening, the toilet was still untouched. Finally, I asked the front desk for a plunger to unclog the prior guest's blockage myself.
- On my first night, the fire alarm was falsely activated three times around 3am, each one lasting about 5 minutes. I'm fairly certain I've lost some of my hearing from the deafening blasts.
- The bathroom had a glass door to separate the toilet from the sink. This door would only close about half-way because the hinge was misaligned, causing the door to scrape on the floor.
- No cleaning was performed on the second day, even though I left the room before 10am. I had hoped that the cleaning staff would have noticed and fixed the toilet clog, but as mentioned above, the toilet was never even touched.
- The neighboring doors in the first floor hallway were very loud.
- The surrounding neighborhood is pretty sketchy and I would not advise women to walk by themselves after dark.
- During my first night, while waiting to use the lobby restroom (as my toilet was clogged), I observed for about ten minutes a bum who reeked of weed talking/flirting with the woman working the front desk. She wasn't engaging, but she should have instructed the man to leave or have called someone to help her.
I absolutely loved The Brooklyn. The folks at the front desk were very welcoming and greeted us each time we departed and arrived. The entire hotel was spotless. My room was refreshed each day. The bed was SO COMFORTABLE!! The room’s temperature was easily regulated.
The Brooklyn is in a very diverse and friendly neighborhood. It’s just a few blocks from the Nostrand subway stop. There’s a good deli and a great wine shop nearby.
I heartily recommend The Brooklyn and I would/will definitely stay there again.
Modern hotel, friendly staff, great rooms and the reception area had a communal space with a bar, tables, couches and everything to chill out after a long day out.
Our room had a leak, caused by a strong storm the day before apparently the hotel staff wasn't aware of this but as soon as we told them they got housekeeping and management on it and upgraded us to a better room.
Reception staff were friendly and helpful. However, the hotel needs some upkeep - the handle on my shower door was broken and the telephone shower didn't work. Cleaning also needs some attention, the hotel lobby and lift carpets were dirty, there was a stain on the carpet in my room and the bed cushions were also dirty. Breakfast options are very limited. On the plus side the rooms are huge compared to other NYC hotels and subway station is around the corner.
My sisters and I had a suite with a king size bed in the bedroom and a queen size sofa bed in the living room. The room was very large and tastefully decorated. There were 2 televisions........one of them was quite large. Brittany was extremely pleasant and I felt like I made a friend in Brooklyn. The subway was a short walk from the hotel. I would recommend this hotel to anyone.