3 Places To Stay During Brooklyn's Cherry Blossom Season
Spring has sprung in New York, thank goodness. And if you take a look at the CherryWatch map on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's website, you'll see that quite a few cherry blossom trees have already begun exploding in the area. Meaning—anyone considering a trip to New York to enjoy the city at its most beautiful should act fast.
Here are a few (affordable) places that still have availability during cherry blossom season, which culminates in a Japanese culture festival, Sakura Matsuri, next month (April 28-29)...
Between Portlandia screenings at the w xyz bar, and hosting hip bands for the "video surveillance" live music series, Aloft Brooklyn certainly has settled into the scene nicely since opening last summer. Rates here stick around $240/night, and, considering the hotel is only a few subway stops from Prospect Park, traveling back and forth to the gardens should be a breeze.
Though technically Marriott Brooklyn Bridge is closer, we found a better deal when we plugged in late April dates over at the Marriott Financial Center, which is only a few subway stops away in lower Manhattan. $220/night will get you a Deluxe room at the waterfront hotel—just be sure to ask for a high-up floor. Views here have the potential to be awesome.
Last but not least, we were surprised to find decent rates over at Andaz Wall Street by typing in dates into a pop-up window for RoomKey.com, a new booking site owned by most of the major brands. RoomKey offered a $242/night rate for the snazzy downtown hotel, where the rooms (and bathrooms) are slick, and the concierges are even slicker.
[Photos: HotelChatter; Marriott]