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New Brooklyn Hotels Mean, Among Other Things, A Place For Lebron James To Party

June 28, 2012 at 9:02 AM | by | ()

91 days, 16 hours, and 54 minutes. That's the countdown to the opening of Brooklyn's new Barclays Center, a major new addition to the borough, and the new home of the Brooklyn Nets (formerly the New Jersey Nets). Understandably, residents are excited. Jay-Z (one of the arena's directors, and the opening night performer) is excited. Brooklyn hotels are excited.

And it seems, so is Lebron James. The NY Daily News picked up on a comment James made to Late Show host David Letterman, when he got asked how the Nets' relocation to Brooklyn will affect James and his teammates.

What do you suppose was the very first thing on his mind? Hotels.

Letterman jokingly asked if one of the benefits of the new Brooklyn arena was being able to avoid Newark airport.

In response, James said: "We don't have to stay at a hotel in Newark, either. We get to be in Brooklyn and have some good times."

And yes, it's true. But we wonder how much Lebron has actually looked into his options.

Brooklyn still has some catching up to do compared to the Manhattan hotel scene, though we have been seeing a few new places pop all year long. From the brand spankin' new Wythe Hotel to the always popular Aloft Brooklyn to the music-lovers' Hotel BPM. Those would be our picks, at least.

There's also King & Grove Williamsburg, but we kinda feel like they're still going through an identity crisis and need some time to chill (nevermind the fact that they've only been open for nine months).

Lebron and his fellow Miami Heat teammates would likely be seeking a spot close to Barclays Center, which really just leaves the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge and Nu Hotel. So clearly, there's still work to be done here. Brooklyn isn't exactly a "new" or "emerging" hotel destination, yet the options are limited, and we can only hop to see that change as the Barclays Center begins to draw more and more visitors down to Atlantic Ave.

[Photo: Robert Duyos / Sun Sentinel]

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