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Peeking Inside Brooklyn's New Hotel BPM Before It Actually Opens

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March 23, 2012 at 10:34 AM | by | ()

Yesterday, we got a peek inside the new Hotel BPM in Brooklyn, which still isn't quite ready to open (hotel staff are aiming now for end of May), but what the heck. With one of the second-floor rooms completed in time for the preview, owner—and globe-trotting DJ—Bijal Panwala was ready to show off his property to the public.

Panwala curated a special playlist for the event (think upbeat club hits, with a little Jay-Z, Kanye, and Rihanna thrown in for good measure), and when the hotel finally opens, guests will actually be able to request specific songs to play overhead on the property-wide Bose sound system. But more on that later. For now, we were mainly interested in what the rooms had to offer. For starters: green headboards?

Yup. The BPM "theme" is splashed all over the hotel—from the neon green railings in the stairwell to the green leather headboards to the white bed linens, which are textured with the little BPM bars from the hotel's logo.

The music theme is kinda gimmick-y, but then again, this hotel isn't trying to be a Standard or an Andaz. It's pretty upfront about the fact that it's a basic, budget-oriented hotel with a modest lobby and medium-sized box rooms. So once you get over that (and the fact that it's a thirty-minute train ride from Union Square, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn), you might be able to enjoy the low price point (rates will start at $139/night) and fun DJ theme.

Some highlights from the tour:

· Rooms are classified as either Kings or Doubles—no suites here

· The rooftop will be open by June, and views (of Brooklyn as well as Manhattan) will be awesome

· Each room in installed with a volume control knob*. This allows guests to turn on, turn up, or turn off the hotel's constantly streaming playlist, which will run until about midnight each day.

· The music theme continues with a wide selection of music-themed magazines in each of the rooms.

· Complementary breakfast will be served in a small lounge area below the lobby.

· The bathrooms were one of our favorite parts—the floors and walls are all porcelain, the shower has a sliding glass door, and the mirror above the sink is anti-fogging. It's the little things.

* If you have no desire to hear any music whatsoever, you probably shouldn't stay here. But if you do end up here, and aren't into the idea of bopping to Beyonce while you unpack your suitcase, all the rooms have been soundproofed.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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