Dumbo's first hotel has a prime waterfront address, incredible views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, and an organic, shipyards-inspired aesthetic. The rooms are small but smart and sustainable. The public spaces are made for lounging, socializing, drinking, eating, omm-ing, and photographing. Doors spill out onto BK Bridge Park, so take advantage of the great outdoors in the urban environs around you.
This AirBnB property, a restored 1887 brownstone on a tree-lined street, is owned by a private family who lets rooms for the short term. It's beautifully decorated and walking distance to restaurants, bars, parks, and BAM cultural center. Breakfast — prepared by the owner using organic ingredients — is served every morning in the dining room.
This well-appointed historic brownstone B&B might be a little off the beaten path for most tourists, but it's a stone's throw from Brooklyn's best institutions: Prospect Park (built by Olmstead after Central Park), Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Library Main Branch, and the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket.
A somewhat generic business hotel tries a little harder in hip Brooklyn (note: Basquiat references, chalkboard paint, in-room hammocks). It's affordable, in a nice neighborhood that's not Williamsburg (where all the other hotels are popping up), and very accessible to Manhattan.
For an intimate bed and breakfast accommodation and neighborly vibe, look no further than this clever little retreat in the middle of a mostly Italian section of Williamsburg. The townhouse is a handsomely decorated and earnestly hip — giving visitors a slice of that capital B-Brooklyn experience they've heard so much about. The Treehouse, located down the block, has two bedrooms, a private patio, and views of the Williamsburg Bridge.
A splashy new tower at the northern end of Williamsburg. The views are crazy, but so are the crowds — especially at the 22nd floor rooftop bar. There are 183 nicely designed rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, a restaurant, an Airstream food truck, an outdoor pool (and accompanying pool party scene), and cultural programming (rooftop films, fitness classes, live comedy shows).
Tea-time, tuk tuk service, beautiful bathrooms, and a fancy rooftop pool are distinguishing features of the boutique property in an easy-to-reach part of Williamsburg (it's also close to the borough's other boutique hotels). There's a restaurant-focused restaurant, cozy design-focused rooms, and plenty of Instagram potential at the bar.
An old factory on the waterfront epitomizes New Brooklyn Style. It's industrial, farmy, laid-back-but-high-end, renovated, rediscovered, and topped with a roofdeck bar. A happening restaurant from a Marlow & Sons proprietor is filled with folks from Manhattan finally making the trek to the borough of dreams.