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What's Inside the Box House Hotel?

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  Site Where: 77 Box St [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11222
November 5, 2012 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

With plenty of subway lines still down in NYC, we decided to take a ride around Brooklyn yesterday afternoon on our bike. Lo and behold, cruising down a small side street in Greenpoint, what do we find, but an adorable little boutique hotel tucked away under the Pulaski Bridge, the northernmost section of Brooklyn.

Though we've never heard of it, the Box House Hotel has in fact been open for a year and a half, and is just now starting to get some attention. For starters: the shout-out they got in this weekend's travel section of the NY Times. The Brooklyn hotel scene, says the Times, is blowing up, with certain places (ahem, King & Grove Williamsburg) charging about as much as the average Manhattan hotel.

Our first question, therefore, was how much does a standard room here go for during the off-peak: $159/night. Not bad!

So what's it like inside?

When we stepped into the spic-and-span lobby, furnished with a few armchairs, some magazines, an old upright piano and decorated a few paintings of local Greenpoint houses, the girl behind the Front Desk immediately jumped up and offered to give us a tour around the place. We never say no to those!

The hotel recently expanded with a fitness center and 15 more rooms, bringing the official room count up to 45.

Walking down the polished hardwood floor hallways between rooms, we got the distinct sense that this was the kind of place we'd happily stay at. Simple, clean, efficient—yet, colorful and fun. All of the doors here are painted red, and along the walls hangs art done by one of the hotel's co-owners.

The rooms themselves are like mini apartments, and they all contain kitchens and small living rooms with flat screen TVs. A lack of traditional hotel room touchstones (sterile color palette, a headboard over the bed, a desk) mean that guests feel more like they're staying in a friend's guest room rather than a pay-by-the-night hotel.

Bathrooms are fresh looking with black and white tiles, and the art over the beds is pretty but not overstated.

If you, like us, are over the whole Williamsburg craze and are seeking something a little different to enhance your Brooklyn stay, we'd definitely recommend a night or two here. And if you can't resist the urge, at least you'll be happy knowing places like King & Grove Williamsburg and The Wythe Hotel are only a short subway ride walk away.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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