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Brooklyn hotels

Brooklyn was a dream. All the things that happened there just couldn't happen. It was all dream stuff. Or was it all real and true and was it that she, Francie, was the dreamer?
- Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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View of the Wythe. Photo: Courtesy of Wythe Hotel

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

  • Dumbo, Boho, $$$$ $$$
  • 60 Furman St.
  • Brooklyn, 11201
  • +1-347-696-2500
  • Website

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.

The Erhart

  • Clinton Hill, Timeless, $$$$ $$$
  • 280 Washington Ave.
  • Brooklyn, 11205
  • Website

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. 

Lefferts Manor Bed & Breakfast

  • Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Cozy, $$$$ $$
  • 80 Rutland Rd.
  • Brooklyn, 11225
  • +1-347-351-9065
  • Website | Email | Reservations

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.

Nu Hotel

  • Brooklyn Heights, Modern, $$$$ $$
  • 85 Smith St.
  • Brooklyn, 11201
  • +1-718-852-8585
  • Website | Email

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.

Urban Cowboy

  • Williamsburg, Boho, $$$$ $$
  • 111 Powers St.
  • Brooklyn, 11211
  • +1-347-840-0525
  • Website

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.

The William Vale

  • Williamsburg, Trendy, $$$$ $$
  • 111 N 12th St.
  • Brooklyn, 11249
  • +1-718-631-8400
  • Website

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). 

The WIlliamsburg Hotel

  • Williamsburg, Trendy, $$$$ $$$
  • 96 Wythe Ave.
  • Brooklyn, 11249
  • +1-718-362-8100
  • Website

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. 

Wythe Hotel

  • Williamsburg, Modern, $$$$ $$
  • 80 Wythe Ave.
  • Brooklyn, NY, 11249
  • +1-718-460-8000
  • Website | Email

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.

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