The Five Best Hotels for Those Not Afraid to Go to Brooklyn
1. Nu Hotel
Light, airy and not-too-cutesy with the design, the just-opened Nu Hotel is located steps from kickass Smith Street (and pssst: some rooms even have hammocks!)
Get up close and personal with Williamsburg hipsters at this luxe hotel, complete with killer views and totally reasonable rates from $179.
Located in Park Slope, Le Bleu is a 48-room property with touches of (duh) blue throughout -- and the restaurant, Vue, has panoramic views of the NYC skyline that are not to be missed.
Marriott loyalists looking for the trademark cleanliness and consistency of the brand need look no further; the staff here seem to be superstars and get tremendously laudatory reviews on TripAdvisor.
Um, you really can't beat $30 a night. For the penny-pinching and adventurous, share a room with 20-ish other characters in this funky new loft hostel in Williamsburg/Bushwick.
We never thought we'd say this, but we're also eagerly anticipating the arrival of Aloft Brooklyn because we have a feeling it's going to become our affordable-but-still-recommendable number 6 on this list.
[Bridge Photo: GlobeTrotter 2000]