No Sleep Til There Are More Budget Hotels in Brooklyn
We know NYC room rates are dropping. But when you really want to do up the Big Apple on a budget, we've been telling you to take a second look at Brooklyn. We consider ourselves sorta like Brooklyn cheerleaders here at HC; we've already profiled the Five Best Hotels for Those Willing to Go to Brooklyn and we're happy to tell you over and over just how easy it is to hop on a subway to roll a few stops into Manhattan. Heck, we promise you: it's even easy to hail a 2 a.m. cab back to the ol' BK after you've indulged in a few too many swanky Manhattan hotel cocktails. Really!
And apparently The Borough of Trees is really hoping we do our Brooklyn cheerleading job well: they're adding even more hotel rooms out there. The Daily Eagle is reporting that a Hyatt Place Hotel and a Best Western are on their way to Downtown Brooklyn.
The Hyatt Place will be a 176-room property on Nevins Street (within walking distance to several easy subway lines, the hoppin' Smith Street, and even gasp Brooklyn's Trader Joe's) and is expected to open in 2011.
Meanwhile, an "eight- or 14-story" Best Western with 80 rooms will go up at on Flatbush Ave. near Bridge Street, and will most likely be called the Best Western Manhattan Bridge Hotel.
While there certainly isn't a hotel on almost every block in Brooklyn a la midtown Manhattan, we walk by the nearby Nu Hotel every day and don't see a whole lot goin' on in there so we hope these hotels will have people with which to fill those rooms. Regardless, we're hoping NYC tourism comes back with a vengeance...and when it does, we're happy to have a couple more Brooklyn hotels where we can stash our visiting parents.
[Bridge Photo: GlobeTrotter 2000]