Brooklyn Travel Guide
We're still anxiously awaiting the opening of the very first Even Hotel from IHG, which is supposed to be a health-conscious and wellness hotel brand, but while we sit here jittering, Even has announced plans for yet another new hotel in NYC--Brooklyn, actually.
The downtown Brooklyn Even Hotels property will be located at the intersection of Nevins and Schermerhorn Streets, just four blocks from the Barclays Center. Word is construction has already begun on the hotel and when it opens in mid-2015 it will feature 204 guest rooms on 13 floors and all the hallmarks of an Even Hotel, which include adaptable public workspaces; an open-style Market and Bar; an Even Hotels Athletic Studio; flex space for small group fitness classes; guest rooms featuring the Even Hotels In-Room Training Zone and more.
Remember, this brand is all about helping travelers stay in the health and fitness zone while they are traveling, so if you're looking for greasy burgers topped with chili cheese fries to be washed down with soda, you'll have to set out from the hotel to find it.
Less than a month since we heard news of a new boutique hotel opening in Bushwick, we hear that another new hotel is in the works for the Bushwick/Williamsburg border. We get the feeling there's lots more to come.
The latest development is a 100-room hotel at 280 Meeker Avenue and 646 Lorimer Street, which will also feature an indoor/outdoor food and beverage space, ground floor retail, and a 10-unit residential building.
The site is three blocks from the Lorimer stop on the L train, and less than a mile from other hotel developments at 175 Broadway (next to the historic Williamsburgh Savings Bank) and 93 Wythe Avenue, which we think might be a Hoxton Hotel. Our friends at Curbed also recently reported news of a 14-stroy hotel hybrid coming to 500 Metropolitan Avenue, which is just a five-minute walk, or 2-minute fixie bike ride, away.
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While there is an indie band named The Bushwick Hotel and a soon to reopen Bushwick community arts center called Market Hotel, there's not a whole lot of actual hotels in the rapidly gentrifying Bushwick area in Brooklyn. Inevitably, that's set to change.
Last week Madison Realty Capital announced the closure of a loan to finance a 23,719 square-foot, 60-room boutique hotel at 19 Bogart Street in Bushwick. Plans for the property also include four commercial units for ground-floor retail opportunities.
Joshua Zegen, Co-Founder and Managing Member of MRC, made the announcement saying:
"Bushwick is today what Williamsburg was 10 years ago – a destination for New York's creative class that continues to increase in popularity ... Given the limited competition we expect the project to succeed."
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InterContinental Hotels Group have just announced they are continuing their expansion into downtown Brooklyn, with the development of a new Holiday Inn at Nevins Street Station, just a few minutes walk from the recently (officially) open, Hotel Indigo Brooklyn, and close to the Barclay's Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music.
The hotel, owned by K.K. Mehta and his son Sanjeev Mehta, broke ground last week and construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2014, with an anticipated opening in early 2015.The hotel will have 246 rooms spread over 15 floors with more than 3,000 square feet of meeting space, and (in keeping with the brand's relaunch) what the company describes as "an emphasis on arrival and welcome services, guestroom and guest bath comfort, and a redesigned logo and signage.
It's been more than a year since investment firm, Ennismore Capital acquired London's hip and budget-friendly Hoxton Hotel, and just about as long since they starting dropping hints about global expansion and we began speculating as to when they would arrive in U.S.
We told you last month about the future Hoxton Amsterdam and now we have fairly good reason to believe there will be another Hoxton Hotel in the works -- in Williamsburg.
Hotel Indigo Brooklyn may have opened for business a year ago, but only after a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a Chinese lion dance last week, was the hotel considered officially open.
The delay in ribbon cutting was put down to the wishes of owners The Lam Group to have extended family attend the opening ceremony, which ended up being during the late September Chinese Moon Festival.
The rooms we looked at are a lot more colorful than those we saw when we last stopped in, back in August 2012. The grey bed spreads have been livened up with red blankets and pillows; each of the 128 guest rooms feature an oversize photo mural and the suites have funky black-and-white sofas.
Brooklyn's boutique hotel, The Wythe, home to lovely terrace bar, The Ides, industrial-chic bedroom window views, and, er, Hackathons, has just opened up a new rotating popup boutique -- and it's starting out close to home.
The store will change hands every 4-6 months,and is currently being curated by Brooklyn-based designer Caron Callahan, who happens to be married to Chef Sean Rembold of the Wythe's Reynard, and Marlow & Sons.
We are pretty enamored of Pod Hotels. It's true that at first we were skeptical of the capsule concept and bunks beds, and shuddered at the idea of sharing a bathroom with some stranger; but by the time the second New York location opened up in Murray Hill last summer, we were won over, not least by its colorful taqueria, fabulous rooftop bar, and fun Play Room -- oh, and we were mighty happy that all rooms had their own bathrooms.
Given that the majority of the Pods' clientele are usually on the younger side, it was perhaps inevitable that Pod would soon be compelled to set up shop in hipster haven Williamsburg.
Depending on who you talk to, the sale of the trendy Hotel Le Bleu couldn't have come at a better time.
For some, the 48-room Park Slope property, which came on the scene in 2007, has steadily gone down hill despite being located in Brooklyn's up-and-coming Fourth Avenue neighborhood. Not only is it close to the Barclay's Center, home to the Brooklyn Nets, but also to the restaurants and bars in the increasingly popular Gowanus neighborhood.
So, why is Hotel Le Bleu on the market for $12 million?
To be clear, the eight-story property, owned and managed by family-owned, California-based Globiwest Hospitality Group, is not shutting down completely. No, GHG is merely seeking to transfer their 99-year lease, and set sights on other endeavors. Sean Kelly, a managing director for CPEX Real Estate, which is handling the sale told The Brooklyn Paper, owners "would like to roll that cash flow into some other real estate ventures.” This is a good thing, as it appears they aren't putting money into Le Bleu.
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The other week, we were reading an article in New York mag about Brooklyn's Northside Festival, a neighborhood-wide music, movie, and tech festival that gets underway tomorrow. We mainly glossed over the parts about sponsorships and tickets sales and how it will be "unlike a traditional music festival," but one line in particular caught our eye, about a "hacker challenge" set to take place at the Wythe Hotel.
Not being hackers ourselves, but endlessly amused by the concept of them, we asked the hotel to elaborate a bit.
It turns out the Wythe will indeed be hosting a two-day technology conference (this Friday and Saturday), including an event called the "Hackathon," which is every bit as awesome as it sounds. According to the hotel:
"Essentially, Northside Next Festival hosting a panel/team building session at Wythe (in the screening room) on Friday night about the future of healthcare. Then, over the next 24 hours, members of the NYC hacking community will move to Third Ward [a nearby arts community center] and work to build apps to help people to engage with their healthcare in a more meaningful & regulated way."
Sound geeky enough for you? If hacking—or watching people hack—is your thing, then plan on moseying down to the Brooklyn hotel this weekend for a eyeful of keyboard-tapping and code-writing. We also recommend breaking up the day with a nice cold drink on the Wythe's sixth-floor rooftop bar. We have a feeling the crowds will be right up your alley.
Summer is almost here, and as many folks start planning their annual pilgrimage to the Big Apple, we thought we'd offer some tips on where to book a hotel—and save ton$$ of money—in NYC's hottest borough du jour, Brooklyn! Jay-Z and Beyonce sightings not guaranteed.
Hotel BPM: Modern, clean, and super affordable, the Hotel BPM is Brooklyn's first music-themed hotel, owned by an internationally-known DJ. It opened last summer with starting rates of $139/night, and luckily, prices haven't gone up too much since then. Right now, with their 21-day Advance Purchase special, you can find rooms this summer starting as low as $171.75/night—even better, the hotel just launched its in-room dining menu, available 24/7.
Two more cheap Brooklyn hotels after the jump!
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It was announced two weeks ago that the MTV Video Music Awards will be heading to Barclays Center on August 25, making it the first major annual awards show to ever pick Brooklyn over Manhattan. And if you plan on doing the same with your hotel room, you better act fast. The following Brooklyn hotels still have availability on the big night, but time's running out!
Opened last September, Hotel BPM would be an obvious choice, as it's Brooklyn's (and, as far as we know, Manhattan's) only music-themed hotel, with a DJ-curated playlist that pulses all day long through Bose speakers installed around the hotel (of course, if you don't feel like jammin' out to Beyonce, you can always turn the volume control knob to 'off.' Rates from $309.
The Wythe Hotel is a 20-minute train ride from the venue where the VMAs will take place, but it's by far Brooklyn's coolest hotel at the moment. Though we've had some issues with ill-tempered waitresses, we mostly love the place for its gritty industrial vibe and glorious sixth-floor rooftop bar. Rates from $305.