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Indigo Brooklyn Is Not A Stop On the Underground Railroad, But The Rooms Are Nice

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August 15, 2012 at 9:19 AM | by | ()

On August 1, as planned, downtown Brooklyn benefitted from the addition of 128 new hotel rooms with the opening of Hotel Indigo Brooklyn. And it couldn't come at a better time: the much-hyped Barclays Center is set to open on September 28, just one mile away from the hotel.

With all the new business that venue will bring to the neighborhood, Indigo Brooklyn should have no problem filling up its rooms.

So let's take a look inside and see what the rooms are like!

Yesterday, we got to take a peek at a 1BR King Suite and a Double Queen. Both of which we liked. According to Indigo brand standards, the hotel boasts nice hardwood floors, room service, matching art on the walls, and, of course, free WiFi. These are the little touches that you'll find inside every Indigo.

As for Indigo Brooklyn specifically, the rooms have a white-and-grey palette, with white leather geometric headboards, giant mirrors with embellished white wooden frames, and grey bed spreads. Yes, a little plain jane, but being surrounded by gritty downtown Brooklyn, the design concept actually feels refreshing when you walk in. After all, Indigo hotels are not meant to overwhelm like a Gansevoort or a Dream.

Size-wise, the rooms are pretty decent—and the bathrooms in particular have plenty of room, which is always good.

We were shown a 1BR King Suite (top photo), which has two rooms: an initial living room containing a desk, sleeper sofa and kitchenette, and then leads into a smaller room containing the bed. But since this was been a corner suite, the bedroom had two walls with windows overlooking the neighborhood. Ding ding ding! Of course, the Suite will set you back around $599/night, while a regular single costs much less, around $259/night.

Oh, and one other detail we liked: the building (which, don't forget, only fell into Indigo's hands about two months ago) is flanked on both sides by two, run-down, abandoned looking houses, which in any other place would have been bulldozed a long time ago. Except they were both historic stops on the Underground Railroad network—and the hotel hopes they eventually get turned into museums so guests can get a little history lesson when they stay there. Nothing like looking at an old hiding place for fugitive slaves to make you appreciate the luxuries of a hotel room!

[Photo: HotelChatter; Hotel Indigo Brooklyn]

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